Somewhere in the middle of Dolores, I forgot I was watching a play. I forgot I was sitting in the kitchen of a weird-smelling church on Cumberland Street. I was just living it.
Should you see it?
This site-specific performance takes place in Sandra’s kitchen. She’s a busy wife and mother who’s deserved her afternoon of relaxation – only to have her older sister Dolores bust in and ruin it. Dolores is hiding from her abusive husband, and what follows is an intimate conversation where Dolores and Sandra realize they have more in common that they thought.
Dolores is performed in an actual kitchen, so spectators will find themselves sitting mere inches from the performers. Even though it’s a little awkward at first, it establishes an intimate setting for an intimate piece. It helps that Nancy Kenny and Martine Roquebrune give powerful performances. Roquebrune is sympathetic as the weary woman who has always been disappointed by her sister. Nancy Kenny disappears into the role of Dolores, a stylish woman stuck in a pattern of marrying abusive men. It’s staged wonderfully by Tania Levy, who allows you to see the emotions on Roquebrune and Kenny’s faces no matter where you’re sitting. Nancy Kenny’s translation from the original English to dialect-heavy French is note perfect.
In conclusion: if you speak enough French, go see it.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think. Let me know in the comments below!
Dolores runs from June 25th to June 30th. For more information and to purchase tickets, check out our preview article.