reviewed by Paula Citron
The Mill Part One: Now We Are Brody
Written by Matthew MacFadzean
Directed by Daryl Cloran
Starring Maev Beaty, Eric Goulem, Richard Greenblatt, Ryan Hollyman, Michelle Latimer, Holly Lewis and Michelle Monteith
At the Young Centre until Oct. 24
Theatrefront’s The Mill project is a clever idea that also happens to be very entertaining.
The four play cycle recounts the nefarious goings-on in a lumber mill in Upper Canada pioneer days. Each play is written and directed by different people as well as being set in a different time period. The set is shared and the actors are constant. Judging by parts one and two, The Mill is a good old-fashioned ghost story.
Matthew MacFadzean’s The Mill Part One: Now We Are Brody is directed by Daryl Cloran, and they are the creators of the project. MacFadzean has taken a very arch tone with his dialogue so there are tongue-in-cheek laughs amid the scariness. The state of the art scenic effects are phenomenal, and kudos to the design team.
In short, both plays are lots of fun and you leave wanting more.
The Mill Parts One and Two continue at the Young Centre until Oct. 24.