reviewed by Paula Citron
Written by Michael Healey
Directed by Richard Rose
Starring Tom Barnett, Patrick Galligan, Erin MacKinnon, Melissa MacPherson, Brandon McGibbon, Tom Rooney and Maurice Dean Wint
At Tarragon Theatre until Feb. 7
Michael Healey’s Courageous is a great Canadian play. If Courageous doesn’t get nominated for a Governor General’s Award, there is no justice. The cast is magnificent and Richard Rose’s direction is flawless.
Courageous is provocatively dizzy with ideas told with dark humour. It also takes a daring 90 degree turn in the second act that is a theatrical coup. The first act is essentially about a gay lawyer who files a law suit against an catholic official who refused to marry him over questions of faith. The second act takes all the heady philosophical ideas touched on in the first act, and plays them out in the lives of lower class, barely out of their teens, newlyweds at the bottom of society. Simply brilliant – and universal.
Kudos to relative newcomers Erin MacKinnon and Melissa MacPherson who hold their own against some of the best male actors in Canada.
Don’t miss it!
Courageous continues at Tarragon Theatre until Feb. 7.