Melancholy Play

“Her lover, nurse Joan, is played by Leigh Strimbeck, with an assurance and sense of place and purpose that is absolute. There is no denying Joan is a nurse. It would seem that there is no acting going on here, but this Joan is THE Joan and that Joan is a nurse. Her physicality of the role is tremendous; just watch her entrances and exits and you learn so much more about who Joan is in relation to her lover and her professional world. She also has an accent that places her as foreign to the environment portrayed in this play. Much is made of that, so we know it’s true. Brilliantly it is Strimbeck at the wheel, for she does all of this very, very well.”

— Peter J. Bergman, Berkshire Bright Focus, 11/2010, review of WAM Theatre’s Melancholy Play, written by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Kristen van Ginhoven

 

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