Canadian Gothic and American Modernby Joanna M. Glass
CANADIAN GOTHIC. Presented on a virtually bare stage, with the characters speaking sometimes to the audience and sometimes to each other, the play uses language of poetic eloquence and incision to illuminate its tale of an ill-fated love affair and the family it destroys. It begins with the evocative memories of the mother and father�a Saskatchewan dentist and his mildly rebellious wife�and then goes on, after the mother's death, to explore the love that blossoms between their daughter and a young Indian. Sadly the romance results in tragedy rather than happiness, leading to the conception of a child out of wedlock, the accidental blinding of the dentist, the jailing of the young Indian and, in the end, a bittersweet accommodation between father and daughter as they face the long, futile years still left to them. (2 men, 2 women.) AMERICAN MODERN. Pat and Mike, an urban couple, find themselves ever more out of touch with the world in which they must live, and with ever less to hold onto and believe in. He toys with the prospect of suicide, and she with the notion of madness, as they reminisce about the events, large and small, that have brought them to where they are. Their conversation grows ever more bizarre�and revealing�as they seek to "fill the empty spaces," and to fight back, to survive, against the meaninglessness that threatens to devour them. (1 man, 1 woman.)"
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