Characters come alive in ‘A Lovely Sunday’ at Chemainus Theatre

Lovely Sunday is all about four single women living in St. Louis in the mid-1930s

Playwright Tennessee Williams made his name in the 1950s with such famous works as The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and others.

However, he found life increasingly hard in the following decades, so the announcement that the Chemainus Theatre Festival was putting on A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, a play Williams wrote in the late 1970s, just a few years before his death, created a lot of interest in what it would be like.

Lovely Sunday is all about four single women living in St. Louis in the mid-1930s, and it highlights everything the author had learned about how women think.

The characters are drawn with a slightly softer brush than those in Williams’s earlier works and there’s a lot of real humour in this play but underpinning it all are some serious themes.

The main one is an exploration of the four ways they look at loneliness.

Dotty (Stacie Steadman) has health issues but has been trying to pretend she’s not getting older. Helena (Kaitlyn Williams) is ruthlessly attempting to fashion a comfortable nest for herself. Miss Gluck (Randi Edmundson) is thrown into deep depression when her mother dies unexpectedly. And Bodey (Erin Ormond), recognizing that she’s not going anywhere, is pinning all her hopes on a marriage between her twin brother and her roommate, Dotty.

All of the actors weave in and out around each other, but their worries about being left alone are recurring threads in this colourful tapestry of emotion.

Ormond’s kindly Bodey first appears to be a bit dim-witted, but after a while it becomes clear that she sees events with a surprisingly keen eye.

On the opposite side is acid-tongued Helena, whose snobbery is eventually exposed as an attempt to deal with a very uncertain future. Between these two extremes, Dotty and Miss Gluck are seen as a couple of women in real trouble.

There’s a lot to like about this play: it moves along well without rushing past anything important, it gives the four actors plenty of room to develop their interesting characters, and it’s funny, especially in the second half.

When it’s over, the audience is left wondering: will Dotty marry Buddy after all? Will Miss Gluck find sanctuary in a new apartment? You want to know more. And, that, after all, is the mark of good storytelling.

Don’t miss A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur.

It continues at the Chemainus Theatre Festival until Saturday, Sept. 24. Book tickets online at chemainustheatre.ca or call 1-800-565-7738 to reserve.

Just Posted

Column Drivesmart: Maintaining a safe following distance

I try very hard to maintain at least a two second following distance when I drive.

Column: Free with purchase: glasses with your alcohol?

One company offered a handy travel case to store your tampons in.

Woodworking workshop at Cowichan Station aims to bring young, old together

Woodworking workshop at Cowichan Station aims to bring young, old together

Education Minister hears arguments for new Cowichan Secondary

Last Friday provincial Minister of Education Rob Fleming hit the Cowichan Valley

Cowichan Hospital Auxiliary donates $40K for pumps that help patients keep independence

Imagine getting a cancer diagnosis about a year after your child is born.

Christmas Chaos will get you in the holiday spirit

The Christmas Chaos craft fair drew hundreds of shoppers

Pine beetles from Jasper National Park moving into commercial forest

In 2014, beetle activity went from a few spots around Jasper’s townsite to rampant

VIDEO: Tragically Hip members, Alex Trebek receive Order of Canada

Newest recipients join 6,897 Canadians such as Christine Sinclair, Graham Greene and Mark Messier

AC/DC’s Malcolm Young dies at 64

‘Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many.’

‘I will now live in consistent fear’: Allan Schoenborn granted escorted leaves

The Merritt man was deemed not criminally responsible in the killing of his three children in 2008

Hammy the deer dodges conservation officers in Prince Rupert

The famous Prince Rupert hammock deer maintains his purple threads

‘No shirt, no service, no Canada’

Shirtless Tacoma man arrested after Canadian border officials say they found meth in rental vehicle

Most Read