by Paula Citron
Written by Lebanese/Québécois playwright Wajdi Mouawad, Scorched is being given its powerful English language premiere at the Tarragon. It is three hours of compelling theatre.
To carry out their mother’s last wishes, a brother and sister raised in Québec must return to her worn-torn country to find a father and a brother they never knew they had. As we watch their search going backward in time, we also follow their mother’s younger selves searching forward for her lost child. The climax of the play is when these two quests collide, and with very harrowing results.
Richard Rose has brought together a powerful cast to portray Mouawad’s many characters and his direction is masterful. Graeme S. Thomson’s sand-strewn set works wonderfully well with Teresa Przybylski’s evocative costumes.
While the acting is uneven, Mouawad’s anti-war message is very clear, and like all his plays, he touches on many provocative ideas that demand later discussion.
Scorched continues until Mar. 31.
From the Tarragon Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.