Half Life is a heart warming and wrenching tale of two elderly people who reunite after many years and try to rekindle their love. Along the way they face many obstacles, from their own challenges in memory loss and aging, as well as the conflicting emotions of their children.
Should you see it?
Half Life features a strong overall ensemble. The two main characters, Clara and Patrick, were wonderfully portrayed. Marjorie Bryce’s Clara was especially endearing. Her way of speaking was adorable and believable as an 80-year-old woman struggling with memory loss. Half Life’s excellent supporting cast includes Linda Webster and Bryan Morris as the respective children of the elderly couple. I could both empathize and sympathize with their dilemmas and was simply touched by both characters. Though they were vastly different from one another, I cared for them both.
John Mighton’s Half Life has a very strong and powerful message about the difficulties of aging and the trials and tribulations of dealing with it oneself, and as a loved one. Some of the more technological aspects of the show, such as the projection screens seemed out of place. However, I enjoyed the extra touch of the young couple behind a screen dancing, portraying Clara and Patrick in the past.
Mighton’s Governor General Award-winning script is well written and his scenes have an easy flow that make it surprisingly pleasant to watch a play about such an unpleasant issue. If you’re looking for a show that will open your heart to the realities of love, loss and the challenges along the way, then this is a good show for you.
The OLT offers a Q&A period with both the cast and experts after each showing, as the subject matter of Half Life can be intense for some. Even though I didn’t get to stay back and participate, it’s great that Half Life really is a discussion starter.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d like to hear what you have to say in the comments below. What did you think of Half Life?