Six generations of women, all with their own worries, woes and troubles. The thing they all have in common: impending motherhood, and a single large, looming tree.
Should you see it?
The ODD Box’s air conditioner hummed and clattered next to me, and I was worried when it continued after the house lights went down. I shouldn’t have been so concerned; Hannah Smith’s performance was so captivating that all distractions were completely forgotten. She perfectly embodies all the women in Ghost of the Tree, giving them all their own body language, personalities and voices.
Sasha French and Darrell Bryan provide the perfect accompaniment, adding poignancy and energy that might not have been as evident if this was a one-woman show. It made the character change interludes intriguing, as Smith transform while Bryan provides musical accompaniment and French gracefully assists with the costume change.
Charles Robertson’s script is poetic and heartbreaking. These cursed women are compelling characters, and they all share a similar unhappiness. Ghost of the Tree begins with a young woman, homeless, pregnant and afraid, who returns to her childhood home seeking comfort and finding only an empty house and a dead tree. We see her grandmother, and then her great-grandmother, and so on all the way to the beginning of the tree. Even though the tree is a very literal device, it works; it has a different meaning for each of these women, and it’s seldomly a positive one.
Ghost of the Tree is a winner from beginning to end, and the star is Hannah Smith. Thanks to strong writing, direction and fellow performers, she shines and makes each and every one of her characters alive and engaging.
But that’s just my opinion, and I’d love to know what you think! What did you think of Ghost of the Tree? Join the discussion in the comments below.