Delilah is Growing
Trish West for Beat Magazine
First off Id like to say that this years Fringe production
of Delilah is not what you may have seen during the London One
Act Festival in 2011. Yes
the heart of the play is still
there and you may recognize a moment taken from that original
20 min performance
but it has grown adding depth and
layers to this now 60 minute production.
The cast was prepared and comfortable in their roles and with
each other each believable and honest to their character.
Everyone was successful in displaying their unique individuality
as they worked together as well as off each other. The writing
is successful in portraying the dynamics found within this dysfunctional
family providing us real characters despite the challenges
each face. There are moments we can relate to (I have a teenage
daughter), moments we laugh (if you need a few good chicken jokes
this is the place!) and moments where one might reflect
My only disappointment was the lighting at times seemed low...
now I admit I dont know anything about coordinating lighting
and I am sure it was no easy task to plan for the 6 shows taking
turns on this stage. A combination of lighting, blocking and costumes
made it difficult at times to see the reactions and expressions
of the actors on stage.
Len Cuthbert has received support by The Ontario Arts Council
recommended by The Grand Theatre in hopes to develop this into
a full length play. I can only imagine how difficult it was to
keep this story to the hour time slot considering the many details
and several story lines hes created within. It will be nice
to have the opportunity that a full length play can offer
time to immerse ourselves in this story as we connect with each
giving each their moment to take hold in our mind.
To give the audience the time to pause, take a breath as they
take it all in providing time needed to identify those
subtle moments that touch us individually... Im looking
forward to it.
This story isnt about dying or regrets
but about living
and the only regret will be yours if you miss this Fringe show.
3.5 / 4