Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Behold there were voices: The Book of Esther opens at Blyth
By Leanna Brodie
Directed by Leah Cherniak
Featuring Maggie Blake, Nathan Carroll, Eric Coates, Marion Day, Brad Rudy
The story: In the 1980’s 15-year-old Esther Dalzell runs away from her evangelical parents and her rural agricultural existence in Baker River for the wilds of Toronto. She finds shelter with Todd Wishart, a middle-aged gay man who takes in “strays” until they can find their feet. One of his other strays is A.D., a street-savvy gay teen, who takes it upon himself to show Esther the world she has been missing.
The lynchpin in the story is Esther – Seth hangs on tightly to the century farm for her inheritance; to Anthea she represents a stop on the map to heavenly glory. To A.D. she is the bumpkin who needs to be shown the world; to Todd, she needs help, but also represents a way to connect to friends long lost. But it is Esther who is trying to find herself. That she ultimately finds a happy medium between the life she knew and the life she wants will come as no surprise, but her journey is life-changing for nearly all the other characters in the play.
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