by Paula Citron
When I first saw Michael Healey’s The Drawer Boy at the Blyth Festival, I knew I was in the presence of greatness. The play is now opening Theatre Passe Muraille’s 40th anniversary season where it had its official premiere in 1999. I was pleased that it attracted a large audience who gave it a standing ovation.
The plot is an homage to the 1972 classic The Farm Show, when director Paul Thompson took Toronto actors to Huron County to create a play from scratch. Healey’s fictional account focuses on one of the collective actors performed by the endearing Frank Cox-O’Connell, and his emotional encounter with two aging farmers with a tragic secret. Randy Hughson and John Jarvis are brilliant under Ruth Madoc-Jone’s direction.
If you haven’t experienced the play, it is a must see. If you have seen it before, Healey’s masterpiece always has more to reveal.
The Drawer Boy continues until Nov. 18.
From Theatre Passe Muraille, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for The New CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.