Hey all! Sorry for the lull in updates, but we've been getting ourselves oriented here in Edmonton! Close to 200 shows in something like 40 venues- yowza!!
We had a WONDERFUL experience in Saskatoon- great audiences, and some wonderful reviews... (Hey, here's one now...!)
"PLANET S MAGAZINE: **** (Out of 5)
If there is an afterlife, Gertrude Beasley would be pleased. The adaptation of her autobiography, created and performed by Veronica Russell, would do her proud. Part re-enactment and part confessional, A Different Woman captures the character of a hard as nails Texas schoolteacher with fearless honesty and sumptuous texture.
Russell slipped in and out of the characters of Beasley, her mother and other members of her family seamlessly while painting a portrait of Beasley’s first thirty years of life. Her delivery was authoritative and confident, as if she was born in front of a restless Fringe audience. She took control of the room in an instant and held it at her leisure. In fact, I found her poise almost too perfect at times. When she did show the cracks in Beasley’s armour, just a handful of times throughout the play, her vulnerability was heartbreaking. Then with a little chuckle and a self-effacing wave of the hand, she was back in control.
Even though the energy dropped a bit near the end, it felt as though we were really in Beasley’s drawing room, reliving scenes from her life along with her. Told viscerally, but with authentically nostalgic turns of phrase, the story couldn’t have felt more real if it had been fully staged.
Gertrude Beasley’s life is definitely worth talking about, and A Different Woman is one worth seeing."
Add to that, upon arrival here, I had two great reviews laying in wait- the reviewers for the Edmonton Sun and the Edmonton Journal had both gone to Saskatoon to review shows in advance, so that really helped us hit the ground running!
(Oh, and you should definitely click on this link:)
So that's the story so far! I'll be keeping you posted as to the goings-on here. First performance is late-night tonight, so keep your fingers crossed that the night owls show up!
Thanks to all of you!----------------------Veronica