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“South of Hope” points to success at BVP

January 25, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Anne Ritchie

The traumas faced by a blue collar amputee, a blind artist, and an immobilized hockey player become a valuable life lesson for us all in Blackhorse Village Players’ newest offering, “South of Hope”.

T. Gregory Argall’s touching narrative, creatively directed by Kim Blacklock and produced by Cheryl Phillips, gives voice to a journey of hope.

When sight is lost, the course must be steered with imagination, injury appears as empathy, and an onset of grief leaves room for laughter.

How magically and sensitively this occurs is due to the talents of an excellent cast that allow us to see a transformed vision through the eyes of each character in turn.

Laurie Laing plays Catherine Dunhill, a doctor whose inspiration to heal began not with her learning but with her own life.

Laing offers an impressive performance as the journey to warmth and empathy develop through personal fears and challenges.

Johnny Greer (Mark Hayward) thought his star would shine as a hockey player. Instead, he finds himself immobilized, facing life’s score in a wheelchair.

Hayward handles the performance so well that the audience shares the bitterness of defeat on the rink, commiserating silently with the angry, humorously blunt jock, and rejoicing as, with the help of a blind artist, he literally dances into the spotlight once again.  His performance is exciting and highly entertaining.

That artist, Jayne Kobish (Dorothy Hart) must set her sights on success in a newly found perspective.  Hart plays a demanding role to perfection: knocked from her niche in the art world, Hart’s journey takes her from outrage to understanding art in a unique way, and only in mastering this can she survive.

Morris Durante, a veteran whose talents have grown with each Blackhorse role, plays Larry Foster, an amiable, self-styled buffoon.

The cast is blindsided by his jokes as he tries so very hard to be funny but laughter can only change its self-destructive course when recovery begins, leaving a touching message in its wake. Durante’s performance has us tolerant, aggravated, and finally loving Larry Foster.

“South of Hope” plays January 25-27 and February 1-3, brings hope closer: hope for empathy, understanding, and kindness.  Be there to receive your share: call 905-880-5002 for ticket information, and enjoy.


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