Mark Kenward’s family moves from Normal, Illinois (yes, really) to the island paradise of Nantucket. But what happens when the tourists leave and winter begins?
Should you see it?
Nantucket starts off slow, but Mark Kenward is just lulling you into into a false sense of security. His story is told in two acts; the first is the relatable story of a young boy getting used to a new environment – a tale which will be familiar to anyone who’s moved before. The second takes a dark turn that grabs you and doesn’t let go. The most fascinating part of Nantucket is Kenward unpacking the incident and the impact it had on his family.
Kenward is an engaging storyteller, and Rebecca Fisher’s direction keeps him moving across the stage and lends him a greater momentum. It shows that Kenward is an expert; he knows how to draw in his audience using eye contact, movement and body language. Even though this one-man show is 90 minutes long, the length doesn’t show.
Nantucket is a bittersweet show. It’s funny, honest and provides a new look at island living. Nantucket may be a great vacation spot, but growing up in a tourist town that empties out after the holiday season comes with its own challenges.
But that’s just my opinion, and I’d love to know what you think! What did you think of Mark Kenwood’s story? Join the discussion in the comments below.