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REVIEW: “The Children” at Brüka Theatre

By Kylie Masznicz

“The Children” is about three elders who catch up on life since the local nuclear plant contaminated their coastal town. Rose visits Hazel and Robin, but has more motive to see them than she initially lets on…

This is a one-act play with no intermission. One scene, no set changes. I wished there was more dynamism to the production. There would be times where the plot slowed down and having some change would help spruce up these moments.

However, these slow moments were made up for by detailed set design, strategic sound effects, and resourceful props. I liked how the set functioned as an aspect of the play rather than just a background.

The casting was another part of the play that worked well. Each actor embodied their character and I felt like I was watching real interactions and not acted out scenes. Since the play is set on the British coast, each actor also spoke in various British/Irish accents. I’d like to give kudos to Cathy Gabrielli, who played Hazel. Her accent sounded the most authentic.

There was a lot to love about the play, but unfortunately the lackluster plot prevented me from reaching that feeling. An intermission is definitely needed for the length of this play. There was little to attach me to the characters and I was wondering why I cared to see this portion of their lives play out.

This production would most likely resonate more with an older audience able to relate with the experiences discussed on stage. For a younger audience, though, attention may easily be lost. I cannot fully recommend this play, but do believe it would be the right show for the right audience.

"The Children" at Brüka Theatre
Image: Kylie Masznicz

The Details

Evening Show Dates

2/7, 2/8, 2/12A, 2/13, 2/15, 2/20, 2/21, 2/22, 2/26, 2/27, 2/28, 2/29 @ 7:30 PM

Matinee Show Dates

2/16, 2/23 @ 2:00 PM

Tickets

  • Students $20
  • General $22
  • At the Door $25
  • A = Artists Night $10 All Tickets

Cast

  • Cathy Gabrielli as Hazel
  • Dave Anderson as Robin
  • Rosemary Marcel as Rose

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