l-r Eleanor Noble, Clare Coulter (photo: lucetg.com)
by Rebecca Ugolini
In the oppressive August heat, family tensions come to a boil and secrets and scandals rise to the surface. August: an Afternoon in the Country is an unflinching portrayal of one family’s journey across familiar terrain, the well-worn, cyclical conflicts, celebrations and dramas that make up romantic, platonic, and blood relationships.
The tenderness between Chuipka and Little is a delight to watch, and emerges as one of the play’s more believable and heartwarming relationships.
Graham Cuthbertson and Eleanor Noble are captivating and tragic as Gabriel and Louise, a couple whose relationship is dying a slow death of infidelity, secrecy, and conjugal abuse. Chip Chuipka and Pauline Little, as the ailing family patriarch Simon and the overworked Jeanne, are a mirror couple, although their relationship is plagued not by the temptations of the flesh but by the strain of old age and family obligation. The tenderness between Chuipka and Little is a delight to watch, and emerges as one of the play’s more believable and heartwarming relationships.
August, an Afternoon in the Country runs to October 28