by Paula Citron
When I saw John Mighton’s Half Life at the Tarragon Theatre last year, I knew it was an important play. Happily, CanStage has remounted the production at the Bluma Appel Theatre with original director Daniel Brooks and the original cast intact. If you missed the play the first time round, run don’t walk to catch it this time.
Mighton has taken on the queasy topic of ageing, in specific, when middle age children are dealing with elderly parents who are no longer able to look after themselves. The setting is a nursing home and the play revolves around the dignity or lack of it for those Aged P’s when all decision-making is in the hands of their children, their religious leaders and the care-giving staff. It is not a pretty picture. Mercifully, Mighton has somehow managed quite a few laughs amid the trauma.
One comes away hoping for more enlightened support when we get to the gaga years.
Half Life continues until Feb. 3.
From the Bluma Appel Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.