Last night I had the good fortune of attending MTC Warehouse’s newest production, Jake’s Gift. I’ll be the first to admit I was a bit skeptical about this one. I’ve never been a huge fan of one (wo)man shows and I’ve always been a bit bothered by adults playing children in live theatre. It just never rings true for me.
However, consider my face covered with egg after seeing Jake’s Gift. I take back all those ill-conceived, and apparently, erroneous notions.
The play, to put it in the simplest terms, is absolutely stunning. I spent the last 20 minutes trying to hold back tears, I was so moved. Based on the chorus of sniffles rippling throughout the theatre and numerous people I witnessed dabbing their eyes in the lobby after the performance, I’d guess there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
The production is set on the shores of Juno Beach where a 10-year-old girl named Isabelle awaits the 60th anniversary of D-Day. She meets a solider from Manitoba, who she befriends. Through her precocious nature, she helps him face some old demons. Played brilliantly by Julia Mackey, Isabelle flips to become numerous characters seamlessly. I swear there were moments I forgot it was just woman out on the stage.
I’m sure it’s no coincidence MTC decided to stage this one so close to Remembrance Day, and the reminder of those soldiers who fought and died for our freedom is a suitable one.
I’m told tonight’s opening is already sold out, but Jake’s Gift runs until November 20. You can purchase tickets through MTC by visiting their box office on Market Avenue or calling 942-6537.
Don’t forget the Kleenex.
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