Reviewed by Paula Citron
Drama at Inish – A Comedy
Written by Lennox Robinson
Directed by Jackie Maxwell
Featuring Ric Reid, Mary Haney, Thom Marriott, Corrine Koslo, Donna Belleville, Julia Course, Peter Krantz and Craig Pike
Court House Theatre
May 6 to Oct. 1, 2011
A great delight of the Shaw Festival is finding lost writers. Lennox Robinson’s 1933 Drama at Inish – A Comedy, directed by Jackie Maxwell, is an absolute delight.
The plot revolves around the fictional De La Mare Repertory Company which is mounting a summer series in the small Irish town of Inish. The playbill includes Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg and Tolstoy.
The comedy arises out of the fact that artistic directors, Hector De La Mare and his wife Constance Constantia, remain blissfully unaware that the gloomy plots are having a profound effect on the villagers, driving them to suicide and murder, for example.
Thom Marriott and Corrine Koslo as the married actors lead a wonderful cast that includes Mary Haney, Craig Pike, Ric Reid and Donna Belleville as the family that runs the local hotel.
For anyone familiar with the plays of these heavyweights, their impact on the town is absolutely delicious.
Drama at Inish continues at the Shaw Festival’s Court House Theatre until Oct. 1.