Echoes in the Garden
By Andrew Andrews
- Casting: The actors are all well-cast, and having the older actors observe their younger counterparts is a magnificent way to avoid the confusion caused when a single person represents the same character at different life stages. At this price it would be tempting to justify a smaller cast, but I’m glad the company didn’t do so.
- Plot: While the subject matter alone is sufficient to stir emotions regardless of one’s opinions, the devil, as they say, is in the details. Playwright Ross G. Hewitt had only a few broken memories to piece together, yet the holes and conclusions have been thoroughly thought through. We may never know the accuracy of the results, but they’re compelling and entertaining all the same.
- Set: The budget for the scenic design seems to have been pushed to the limits, resulting in a stage that beautifully depicts a small town home and garden, with no need to stretch the imagination that the action takes place in multiple spaces.
On the critical side, while Marion is clearly the main character in this story, it’s Ruth who’s presented as more righteous. This created a thin but impenetrable barrier that prevented me from feeling as invested in the story as I would have liked.
I attended the first preview performance, and a surprising number of cast members made more than the usual number of noticeable slip-ups. Hopefully they’ll be better rehearsed by the time you attend, in which case you’ll probably give the show at least one more star than I’m able to give it here.
Andrew Andrews attended Echoes in the Garden at Chain Theatre in New York on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 @ 7:00pm to write this review.