the last wife an early feminist superhero: review
11 at the Youth Performing Arts Center, 50 Tank House Lane. soulpepper. ca or 416-866-
8666 \"divorce, beheading, death, divorce, beheading, surviving.
\"If you grew up in a pedophile family like me, the song might be familiar;
This is the way my mother taught us to remember the fate of the 16 th when we watch the 1970 BBC series, Henry VIII\'s six wives --
Spouse of the British monarch of the century.
The fascination with Henry and the geopolitics of his time and his eventful marriage history has continued to this day, the success of the TV\'s \"both the ors dynasty and the Wolf Hall\" proves this point based on the mini-drama adapted from Hillary Mantel\'s novel.
One of the main attractions of these series is that they offer an opportunity for luxurious period settings and costumes, which in our minds locks in the image of certain historical figures in the brocade, mail and red velvet.
Kate Henniger\'s bold gesture of the drama, which premiered two years ago at the strafu Festival, is to cross expectations by telling the imaginary story of the relationship between Henry and Catherine Parr, in a contemporary setting, his last spouse. Kate (Maev Beaty), Henry (Joseph Ziegler)
The other four characters speak in today\'s language (
\"Yeah,\" said the king as he celebrated his sixth wedding.
Wear modern clothes.
But the historical setting is still familiar: Henry, who feels his age and health is in poor condition, finds a wife who can help him assure the young heir Edward (Jonah Q. Gribble)
He will inherit the throne in the French military operation.
Mixed time references, not confusing things, helped Henniger achieve her goal: focus on Kate\'s special challenges and achievements, and portray her and other characters --
Who can feel the distance from us in time and space
As thinking, feeling, complex human beings.
In the hands of Hennie and Betty, Kate appeared as an early feminist superhero and she successfully defended Henry\'s daughter Mary\'s inheritance rights (Sara Farb)and Bess (Bahia Watson)
The historical facts that led them to follow Edward VI to the throne (
\"Bloody\" Mary ruled for five years in the 1550 s, and Elizabeth I ruled for 45 years).
This is Henniger\'s first drama, which has an ambitious historical extension that takes us through the marriage of Kate and Henry to learn about her relationship with her children and lover Thomas Seymour (Gareth Potter).
The film is mainly a series of short films shot in China.
Alan Dilworth\'s work originated at Stratford\'s studio theater and was reinstalled here with the same cast and design team, looking like he lost his way on the stage of the Baillie theater, which is open to Soulpepper (
I don\'t see the version of Stratford).
Dilworth lets actors perform almost all scene transfers themselves
Rolling two long tables into various configurations, pulling props out of the set, costume designer Yannik Larivée\'s clever low drawer wall --
But these problems will soon disappear, as will tension and risk.
While Larivée did his best to cover the large back wall with faded tapestries, the lighting of Kimberly Purtell was effective in isolating various active areas, the overall visual effect
Each performer has a basic dress with the accessories layered and removed above: Betty is wearing a light peach dress that suits her slim figure, with the highest fare, but Farb and Watson wear distracting, unflattering outfits and hair styles.
When Beaty described a clever, damaged woman, she was in trouble outside of her country.
The stakes are subtle and engaging, and the relationship is basically still on the surface.
The necessary sexual attraction between Kate and Tom is difficult to discern, and ziegler plays Henry\'s rough and rough character, making it difficult to relate his struggle as a strong leader to death and loss of status.
The most attractive scene of the show is Kate and her adopted son, because she teaches them to go beyond gender and the limited options that the royal family was born to them.
At first, Farb played Mary, but as we learned more about her ambitions and beliefs, the character became more attractive.
Watson did a great job playing a smart, headstrong teenager without resorting to cliché, grible was an award-winning child actor.
The show ended with Mary and Beth starting to \"make history\", the next drama by Henniger with Princess Elizabeth in focus, and the main character of Watson and Faber, premiered at Stratford this summer.
Seeing the development of these characters and Hennig\'s ability to create scripts, hopefully in a work it will be exciting (
Also by Dilworth)
This is scale and resources to fully complement them.