These Sisters yearn for God, but lose the way

Powerful play explores the tragedy of residential schools




The path forged by the three Catholic nuns in Wendy Lill’s Sisters is indeed a road to hell paved with good intentions. None of them, not even the ambitious and unbending Agnes, means to cause harm to the Aboriginal children under their care in a residential school. But we all know how that turned out. This beautifully staged and directed production is alive with fine performances: Steph Hallen as aforementioned Agnes; Natascia Lypny as the young, idealistic Mary; Scott Baker as her frisky young love; Bethany Hindmarsh as the bitter, damaged older Mary; Ana Matisse Donefer-Hickie as the gentle, poetic and slightly off-kilter Gabriel; and Daniel Bergman as Stein, Mary’s also-damaged lawyer. And why, you may ask, does Sister Mary require a lawyer? I won’t spoil it by telling, but let’s just say that when you see this play, you’ll be rooting for a complete acquittal.

Sisters by Wendy Lill March 16-19 at 8:00pm In the Pit at King's $5 for students, $10 for non-students

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