Grace Tu

Grace Tu

Friday, May 20, 2011

Play Night: The Great Divorce

- adapted by George Drance & The Magis Theatre from the novel by C.S. Lewis

Photo by Ron Reed. Pictured (L-R): Sarah Ruth and Stephanie Elgersma in The Great Divorce.

Photo by Ron Reed. Pictured (L-R) Phil Miguel, Jeff McMahan in The Great Divorce.

A great play is the one that takes hours to absorb the story but so much longer to discover what it could really mean. It is the one that could be explained in a thousand different ways by a thousand different people. It is the one that makes you a thinker.

Walking out of the theatre I thought about making choices between the heaviness and lightness we put on all matters.

When the heavy is too intense that we lock ourselves in a tiny box of misery, when is the right time to let go of the despair?

When too much lightless is put on love, hatred, desire and all, how is this meaninglessness leading anyone to real joy?

With the darkness of obsession, the hell described in the play was too heavy to bear but the heaven described was so...emptily light. If we are not talking about the afterlife, how do we measure the perfect weight of anything in our lives?

When it comes to a marriage of two extremes, should there really be a great divorce?

Playing May 20-June 18 Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm with 2pm
matinee on Saturday at Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Ave. Artist talkback Friday, May 27.

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