Despite listening to the play in my bright bedroom surrounded by distractions, I was absolutely captivated by the story and its telling.
by Rachel Zuroff
I loved this play! In the Yichud Room is a 25 minute theatre piece put on by the C’est la Vie theatre group in the form of a podcast. It tells the story of the wedding of Amy and Suttler and the secrets that are revealed on their wedding day.
The austereness and minimalism of In the Yichud Room, required by the use of the podcast form, reminded me strongly of a one-man play. However, unlike most one-man plays, I was blown away by the quality and simple enjoyableness of In the Yichud Room. Its minimalism allowed the story to completely engage the listener. Despite listening to the play in my bright bedroom surrounded by distractions, I was absolutely captivated by the story and its telling.
(CharPo columnist) Joel Fishbane’s tale is superbly written. The slow disclosure of Suttler’s secret kept me in suspense throughout, and the tension between Amy and Suttler as they move from wedding bliss to cold fear of a long hidden secret is exquisite.
Rebecca Babcock, Scott Humphries and Spencer Thompson are utterly engaging and sympathetic in their roles. Director Sarah Mahoney’s choice to weave the actors’ voices together was one of my favourite parts of the production. The way in which Babcock, Humphries and Thompson throw words to each other and catch them to continue with their own thought is masterfully executed. I can’t recommend C’est la Vie’s newest production highly enough.
You can listen to In the Yichud Room at C'est La Vie or download at it iTunes. or download it on iTunes.