Reviewed by Paula Citron
Written by the Hometown Collective
Directed by Peter Smith
Featuring Ryan Bondy, Marion Day, Tony Munch, Phil Poirier and Kira Guloien (with musician David Archibald)
Blyth Memorial Hall
Jun. 21 to Aug. 7, 2011
The production Hometown is a departure for the Blyth Festival. Rather than being a story unto itself, Hometown is made up of six short plays by writers who cover the country and both official languages.
The idea was conceived, dramaturged and structured by Peter Smith, who is also Hometown’s director. Smith’s premise is exploring the concept of what a hometown is, and what the word means to different writers. Each play is very different in style and structure
The throughline is the charming Thea, a streetsmart teenager who is reluctantly travelling back to the town of her grandparents. The other plays deal with man and the sea, French-Canadian identity crisis, family secrets on the prairies, the blurred lines between fact and fiction, and small town memories.
The acting company is strong. They actors play a multiplicity of roles and ages in Hometown, and Smith has directed with strong character detail.
Hometown continues at the Blyth Festival until Aug. 7.