“Darling. Are you here all day? All day? Marvelous!”
This show was nothing like I thought it would be, and by that I mean literally. I mean, if I actually read the press release beforehand I would’ve known, but where’s the fun in that? Yes, this was a “play” about a man with Alzheimer’s investigating his wife’s murder (who also had Alzheimer’s)… but everyone was played by Rob Gee. And when I say everyone, I mean everyone.
It works surprisingly well, though like any good old Japanese novel, you’re already halfway through by the time you know all the character’s names. Gee’s acting is charming, effective, and funny. One moment he is Janet, the ward manager (Did she kill Elsie?) and Mr. Barson at another. He is the nurse and he is the pompous detective. Based on the patients Gee encountered during his nursing days, the story is peppered with all kinds of patients and employees. While the story is funny and charming, the message is sweet and real. What becomes of you as a person when you’ve lost what makes you… you?