These Sisters yearn for God, but lose the way

Powerful play explores the tragedy of residential schools

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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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