'THE LADIES FOURSOME': Theatre Review by Sydney Brooman
Confrontational and hilarious, Norm Foster's The Ladies Foursome putts its way into the green of our hearts through an array of outrageously wild swings. The play follows the story of three women, who invite a fourth to play in their weekly golf game after their close friend dies in a tragic accident. Brenda Bazinet directs this fast paced comedy that—under the surface of the fairway—acts as a potent reminder of the abruptness of death, the importance of loyalty, and the exceptional power of women in a sport, and society, dominated by a presence of patriarchy.
Space can make or break a show, and at a location like The Grand Theatre, it is crucial that a performance be equally as grand—especially a comedy. The Grand is not only massive, but half of the space's audience resides in balcony seats on the upper level, where I happened to be sitting during the show. As it was opening night for The Ladies Foursome, the entire show seemed to be an adjustment period of the actresses getting a feel for the space. When the show began, and again after the intermission, all four of the women seemed to greatly underestimate the size of the theatre by keeping the volume of their voices almost inaudible from the balconies. Gradually, volume rose as they became accustomed to their space. With the exception of Marci T House (the actress of Dory) whose physicality brought her to every back corner of the hall, the actresses continued to play exclusively to the audience on the lower level with their limited use of proper blocking. This issue was especially prominent when the actresses were speaking one-on-one with each other. On more than one occasion, they faced each other head on, most likely allowing for limited visibility from the lower level, let alone the balconies. A space of such a size and build worked against their performances, and I think pushing the energy up to a level that might seem absurd for a smaller practice location would be more beneficial to performing in The Grand.
An aspect of the space that did add to the show's sentimental feel was the flawless relationship between set and ligh