Born an undesirable girl in an Undesirable Country, Marina has a tough childhood, her only peace coming from tending her ungrowing garden planted in frozen soil. Eventually managing to move in with her status-driven uncle, Marina re-invents herself as Matchstick and soon becomes involved in a fairy tale romance with a charming foreigner from the Land of Freedom and Opportunity. But her fairy tale quickly takes a steep drop towards hard reality and her now husband turns out to be quite different from who she (and we) thought he was.
Coming to Ottawa all the way from Saskatoon, Matchstick first premiered here at the 2013 Ottawa Fringe Festival, which is where it gained the attention of GCTC Artistic Director Eric Coates. Having seen and enjoyed the show then, I was quite looking forward to seeing it again at this end of its development and I was the farthest thing from disappointed – enjoying it even more this time, even knowing the big reveal.