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Thursday, February 28, 2013

The San Family

Strong performances and an uplifting story

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 9:14 AM


There’s a lot to like about Juanita Peter’s new play The San Family. It packs a lot of history into 90 minutes and touches on important issues. It’s an interesting story that educators will love for shining a light on the shameful segregation of the past while offering an ultimately hopeful message. It contains some really fine performance including ones by local actor Lesley Smith as a plucky, chatty nurse and six-year-old O’Lajah Simmonds in a scene-stealing role. But for a play about the power of music, it is strangely lacking in powerful music. The songs that are scattered throughout do not show star Jordan Francis’ well-known musicality (though his charisma is evident), and it’s hard to believe that radio host Stewart McKinnon (beautifully played by Frank MacKay) recognizes the young boy’s talent with the few tunes he strums on the guitar. The last song, which is accompanied by the Preston Los Primos, goes a long way to showing the power of music, and hints at what could be added to make this an even more satisfying show.

February 27 - March 1, 2013
Alderney Landing Theatre, 2 Ochterloney Street Dartmouth, NS
Ticket Prices: General $25, Students/Seniors $20

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