I was totally blown away last night by Cross Your Heart, a new play by Amanda Campbell, the pen behind the Way I See It (TWISI) theatre blog and guest blogger for The Coast.
I have become friends with Campbell as our schedules have crisscrossed in theatre spaces across the city, but I did not know she was also a playwright. (And after seeing this play, I’d say a playwright to watch.)
The premise is that Mary Magadalene, Wendy Darling and William Shakespeare cross paths while waiting for the bus that will whisk them away to new lives in New York City. At first they seem to have as much in common as oil, water and gunpowder, but soon their tongues loosen, their stories spill out and friendships sprout.
The premise is rife with comedy, and Campbell writes funny very well. She also brilliantly mines the story for pathos and resounding truths.
The cast of this show could not be more perfect. Marietta Laan is the most darling Darling one could imagine, conveying sweetness and purity with every line. Taylor Long nails the flamboyant Billy, with his poetic speech and his tragic and oh-too-real love story. And Johnelle Sciocchetti’s Mary is equal parts vitriol and tenderness, tough outside with a true heart of gold.
There are a lot of amazing shows at this year’s Fringe, but if you only have time for one, let it be Cross Your Heart.
30 Minutes • $7
*Mature Audiences* Strong Language, Mature Themes
Pier 21 Museum Railside
Tickets are $7.00 and are available in person at the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market Pavilion 20, by calling 902.999.7469, online at http://crossyourheart.eventbrite.com/ or at the Venue 1 Hour Before the Show.
Monday Sep 3 • 8:15-8:45
Tuesday Sep 4 • 6:30-7:00
Wednesday Sep 5 • 6:30-7:00
Saturday Sep 8 • 7:00-7:30
Sunday Sep 9 • 4:45-5:15