It's hard to imagine anyone but Martha Irving playing Marie-Louise Faucon, the endearing titular character in Tomson Highway's The (Post) Mistress. Irving's gorgeous singing voice and wonderfully conspiratorial storytelling draw the audience into the life of this passionate small-town postmistress who embraces the wider world through the letters that pass through her post office. Marie-Louise relates tales of love and lust, jealousy and violence through a cycle of songs and witty asides. The show weaves together songs and poems in French, English and Cree, and Irving dazzles in all three languages. The live accompaniment provided by Holly Arsenault on the keyboard and Mitchell Clarke on the bassoon and sax adds a lot to the production, as does Paul DelMotte's evocative lighting. This is charming story starring a terrific actor certainly deserves a stamp of approval.
The (Post) Mistress
To February 17, 429-7070
Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street