Sisterly Duo takes Anglican Church in Surrealist Storm

Nick Catania 


If you are familiar with Maysles and Meyer’s 1970s docu-cult Grey Gardens, the Templeton Philharmonic’s An Evening in July rings truly familiar. In this site-specific dark comedy, May (Briana Templeton) and June (Gwynne Phillips) take on a satirical elite dynamic in one of the top must-see productions of Summerworks' 25th anniversary festival.

Despite the delayed beginning, everything from time, place and setting was incredibly well done. It's been far too long for piece to actually drive me right into the drama. The play requires audience interaction while May and June pull you through their ‘estate.’ Elements from the Rothschild’s 1972 surrealist ball were minimally referenced and would have benefited the production had they plucked more exclusively from that event/idea. Nonetheless, the two played off each other with concise comedic timing and thorough character interaction. The duo is a match made on earth - the next Bonnie and Clyde, Thelma and Louise, Sodom and Gomorrah, or however you would like to put it. They are great.

One criticism: the role of Robert (Thom Stoneman) ruined the show. Stoneman would have been better off mute as his rhetoric did not balance with the flow of the piece as a whole. The pair stood out and his role did not help to elevate their standing. Other than that, extremely well done and highly recommended for an early afternoon or evening in August.

An Evening in July runs to Aug. 16 at St. George the Martyr Anglican Church. Visit or for more information.

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