Five strong diverse actors take the stage in the beautifully written SummerWorks play, Eating Pomegranates Naked. The play addresses issues relating to fertility, race, gender identity, faith, religion, relationships and sexuality.
As a woman who is pregnant, I could especially relate to the issue of fertility and the importance our society places on being fertile. Having friends who are currently experiencing infidelity or others who have miscarried; I think playwright Andrea Scott addresses the sensitive issues in a profound and honest way.
I ran into the heart-warming writer at the end and she mentioned that it took her three years to write this script. I could tell that she put a lot of thought into this depth-filled play and she spoke of the topics (especially fertility) with a lot of conviction and passion.
All of the five performers were great but it was the character Sera Hansa, played by Marci T House, which almost had me in tears when she said her powerful monologue. The transitions in the play were also solid and the overall direction by Mumbi Tindyebwa was well executed.
There were a few minor things that didn’t engage me as much beginning with the character Scott Hansa’s opening monologue. Even though the material presented tied into the overall play, I felt it was not as important to the play’s concept. Also, there was a moment where it seemed like Sera was overhearing her husband’s conversation with their mutual friend. It was subtly shown through lighting and direction but could easily be missed. As a recommendation, if she moves closer to center stage the audience may be able to pick up on that important moment better.
Overall, however, I enjoyed the wide range of emotions displayed by the actors, the creative concept and the social issues that were addressed. It also didn’t hurt that audience members were treated with a lollipop after the show. Great touch! If you enjoy a play filled with sincere depth and mature content, than you don’t want to miss Eating Pomengranates Naked at SummerWorks!
- Eating Pomegranates Naked is playing at the Lower Ossington Theatre.
- Showtimes: Monday August 12, 5:00 pm; Wednesday August 14, 2:30 pm; Thursday August 15, 7:30 pm; Friday August 16, 10:00 pm; Saturday August 17, 7:30 pm.
- All individual SummerWorks tickets are $15 at the door (cash only).
- Tickets are available online, by phone at 416-915-6747 and at the Lower Ossington Box Office (100A Ossington Avenue, first floor) Aug. 6-18 10AM-7PM (Advance tickets are $15 + service fee)
- Several money-saving passes are available if you plan to see at least 3 shows