by Paula Citron
The Blyth Festival is a cradle of Canadian plays. Beverley Cooper’s The Eyes of Heaven is a Blyth premiere and it is very courageous. The dialogue is incredibly realistic and Gina Wilkinson’s directing is fraught with tension.
In the play, the remarkable Laura Schutt plays the troubled teenager Eloise who has just lost her father and has a very confrontational relationship with her mother – and it is wonderful to see Susan Stackhouse back on stage as the mother. When an other worldly experience happens to Eloise, she meets up with a slippery reporter played by the excellent Andrea Donaldson. Andrew Moodie is the science teacher and he is the weakest link. I have always found his staccato acting mannered, but he does come through with the dramatic bits.
Cooper goes for a plot line that borders on the absurd, and it is to her credit that she pulls it off.
The absorbing Eyes of Heaven continues until Aug. 11.
From the Blyth Memorial Hall, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.