Juanita Peters’ The Mother Club is a play rich with historical detail and mystery. It is a testament to the enduring strength of women. The story is specific in its setting (a rural community in Nova Scotia in the 1930’s), but it’s also very relevant, since it deals with violence against women and the toll that takes on families. Peters does an amazing job of bringing the everyday lives of black women in that time and place to life. Some parts of the plot development are less successful, as the emphasis often switches from showing to telling. Music is used in unexpected yet extremely effective ways throughout the play, punctuating scenes and creating atmosphere with the glorious voices of Arlene Duncan, Kirsten Olivia and Rita Shelton Deverell. Micha Cromwell shines as Minnie, a carefree dreamer whose life is changed by a terrible act, and there is chemistry and camaraderie among these four actors that adds to the emotional impact of the play.
Show times: March 5 through March 9, 8 p.m., Alderney Landing Theatre
Tickets: $25, $20 seniors/students at Alderney Landing box office, ticketpro.ca or alderneylanding.com/events, 1-888-311-9090