The Good Story, directed by Sandi Barrett, tells the tale of playwright Alexa Gilker’s trip to volunteer at an orphanage in India – Gilker is portrayed in the piece by Pippa Leslie as Alex. While Alex is hesitant at the beginning of the show, characters from her journey appear to urge her to tell the full story of her trip, and that she does.
The story itself is what it promises to be: a good story. The way that it is told, however, is all over the place, resulting in confusion at multiple points as to which point in the timeline we are, or how much time has elapsed since the previous scene.
Leslie shines in her portrayal of Alex, but not all of the supporting performances are equally as strong. While Kendra Terpenning’s simple set and costumes using different coloured gradients work very well, the abrupt lighting transitions (designer uncredited) are distracting and sloppy.
Overall, the piece has a great story to tell, but needs to refine the way that it tells it, both from writing and production perspectives, for the piece to do justice.
See The Good Story at The Theatre Centre until August 17, as part of the SummerWorks Juried Series. For more information, visit http://summerworks.ca/2014/portfolio/good-story/ .