'PERFECT PIE': Theatre Review by Maddie Storvold
Perfect Pie, by Judith Thompson, follows the story of two friends, depicting their childhood together and the resonating effect it has on both of their later lives. Now-famous Francesca is coaxed back to her hometown by her dear and domesticated friend, Patsy. Together, they rediscover the joy they once found in each other’s company, and the pain that it inadvertently dredges up. Their dialogue alludes to a long period of separation and the mysterious and seemingly traumatic events that preceded it. The story alternates between scenes from the past and the present, slowly revealing the secret that keeps the audience on the edge of their seat for the entirety of the performance. It contrasts light-hearted realism and humor with heavy subject matter, including bullying, rape, alcoholism, poverty, childhood abuse, and PTSD.
The staging and lighting of this production are well suited to its purpose. The set, designed by Andrea Holstein, is elegant and simple, enabling the story but not distracting from it. Occasional sound effects and period-appropriate music ground the production in reality. And the challenge of depicting massive shifts in space and time is accomplished with ease with the use of a few spotlights.
What really brings the story to life, however, is the talent and dedication of the four lead actresses. Each performance was moving and dynamic.
Sasha Luna, playing the role of Patsy Willet, was strong and believable from the moment she stepped on stage. The particularities of her voice and inflections brought her character to life. She allowed for comic relief as well, with an endearing frankness and permeating simplici