I have always said that I love heading on north to my home town to see some great theatre, and tonight was no exception. I had the privilege of being at the opening night performance of Lettice & Lovage, a play by Peter Shaffer, presented by Borelians Community Theatre. This play is largely a two-hander starring the incomparable Alexandra Hines & Amy Caughlin.
Ms. Hines plays the fiercely dynamic historian Ms. Lettice Douffet. Her childish charm, exuberant physicality and excellent memory (OMG the amount of dialogue she had was astounding!) really carried the show. All the hidden jokes that the playwright inserted were presented by Ms. Hines and she caught you every moment. I’m sure they could hear me busting out a laugh or two.
However, one cannot carry a scene without a scene partner, and Ms. Hines was blessed to share the stage with a wonderfully diverse actress, Ms. Amy Caughlin, who played opposite her in the role of Lotte Shoen. Amy is one of those actresses who becomes truly invested in her character and hands that investment over to her scene partner in every show she does. She encourages, supports and above all listens to what is being said to her and then, you guessed it, REACTS. Something that is lacking in a lot of community theatre is a genuine sense of reaction to what one is saying to you on stage. It is always so refreshing to see a person who reacts as though they are hearing the line for the first time.
ANOTHER’S NOTION WITH KYLE ROBERTS
The chemistry between Alexandra Hines and Amy Caughlin was simply magnetic. The duo complimented each other in every aspect, commanding the attention of the audience with gravitas. The comedic stylings of Ms. Hines was perfectly juxtaposed with the solemnity of Ms. Caughlin and mirrored the theatre masks ‘Comedy and Tragedy’. Every time the pair was on stage, which was practically the entire show, could be noted as a treat for the audience. I found myself wondering what sort of hilarious mishap of historical misadventure we would be presented with at any given moment. It was evident that these two had really clicked during their rehearsal process, and it worked in their favor. The show (practically being a two hander) could pose many complications to a company, and these two ironed it out without so much as a crease. I would best describe this dynamic duo as a female revivication of Adam West and Burt Ward. I tip my hat to the cast of Lettice & Lovage for such a wonderful spectacle of theatre.
- To Joanne Norman for a truly remarkable job as director of this difficult piece of theatre. I could see your blood, sweat and tears in this one and all of that dedication clearly paid off!
- To Shelley Martin for such a well-thought out and detailed oriented set. All of the little details of Lettice’s life, as described in Act 1, are brought to life when your beautiful set is revealed for Act 2.
- To the Props & Decor team of Helen Coughlin, Shelley Martin & Jan Taylor for some really cool, rare finds on stage. That ax alone should win you a prize!
- To Howard Linscott for his hilariously confusing portrayal of Mr. Bardolph. You had two truly amazing women to work with in your scene and you dove in head first and did an great job!
Congrats to the cast, crew and creative team of Borelians Community Theatre’s production of Lettice & Lovage. Be sure to head on up to Port Perry to see this wonderful show at the Town Hall 1873 – Centre for the Performing Arts. Performances run October 12-21, 2017 and tickets are available at 905-985-8181 or www.townhall1873.ca