The tin woman a com­edy with in­tense mo­ments

The Standard (Elliot Lake) - - COMMUNITY - By KEVIN MCSHEFFREY Of The Stan­dard

The El­liot Lake Am­a­teur The­atre Ensem­ble’s (ELATE) pro­duc­tion of The Tin Woman on Fri­day evening in the Lester B. Pear­son Civic Cen­tre the­atre was funny, as well as in­tense.

The Tin Woman is the story a woman, Joy, (played by Cathy Frowan) who un­der­went a heart trans­plant. There there is the fam­ily of the de­ceased donor, his par­ents Hank and Al­ice, (David Black and Carolyn Sher­ritt), their daugh­ter Sammy (played by Liana Kraan) and Jack, (played by Steve An­tunes) who died in a car ac­ci­dent, and whose heart she re­ceived. Astrid Turner had two parts to play, a nurse and one of Joy’s friends Darla.

When Jack’s fam­ily learns who the re­cip­i­ent of his heart, his mother and sis­ter want to meet her. How­ever, his fa­ther is ve­he­mently op­posed to meet­ing Joy.

How­ever, a meet­ing is set up over Hanks ob­jec­tions, and Joy comes over.

Joy and the Jack’s fam­ily strug­gle to come to terms with the death of their son as well as with the trans­plant. Joy is also de­pressed and has to deal with sur­vivor’s guilt, and won­ders why she is still alive.

Hank has an un­der­ly­ing rea­son for not want­ing to meet joy and is very rude to her when she ar­rives, to the point where she wants to leave. But Al­ice and Sammy calm the sit­u­a­tion, and she stays. The au­di­ence learns at the end of the play why Hank is so upset.

While this was a se­ri­ous and in­tense is­sue, at times it was hi­lar­i­ous.

Some in the au­di­ence cried from laugh­ter and a few shed tears of emo­tion. At times, even some of the ac­tors had tears in some scenes.

The act­ing was su­perb and quite be­liev­able. An ex­am­ple was David Black’s por­trayal of Hank. When he was rude to Joy and an­gry with mem­bers of the fam­ily, one be­lieved he was ‘in the mo­ment’ and an­gry.

Steve An­tunes’s char­ac­ter, Jack had very few lines, but he never left the stage. He was play­ing Jack’s spirit, watch­ing his fam­ily as well as Joy. They play also had some flash­backs to when Jack was alive, re­gard­ing his re­la­tion­ship with his fam­ily.

Carolyn Sher­ritt has plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence on the stage and she brought it all out when she got tired of Hank’s tantrums.

Liana Kraan’s char­ac­ter missed her brother and des­per­ately wanted to meet Joy, to be close to him. Four of the five char­ac­ters in the play ‘The Tin Woman’ were in this scene. They are: Sammy (by Liana Kraan), Al­ice (Carolyn Sher­ritt), the heart trans­plant re­cip­i­ent Joy (Cathy Frowan), and Jack, the man who died in a car ac­ci­dent and signed his or­gan donor card.

The au­di­ence could feel Joy’s pain and her de­pres­sion of com­ing to terms with her sur­vivors guilt.

the tin Woman was writ­ten by Cana­dian play­wright Sean Gren­nan, and is based on a true story.

it was di­rected Fran Jensen, a vet­eran ac­tress/ direc­tor with Elate, and Penny Wal­ing­ton, who came to El­liot lake a year ago, but has much ex­pe­ri­ence in live the­atre.

Fol­low­ing the play last Fri­day, mur­ray Finn, an ac­com­plished ac­tor/direc­tor for many years and a mem­ber of Elate, said the play “had some very strong mo­ment.”

he says plays that are com­ing out now can’t al­ways be placed in one cat­e­gory or an­other.

“they’re be­ing writ­ten so they have ev­ery­thing in them.”

Finn says such plays are chal­leng­ing for the ac­tors, such as when they have to shift from a very dra­matic mo­ment to a comedic line.

Elate will per­form The tin Woman again on Fri­day, nov. 30 and dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

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