To say that Hebb is captivating in her performance as Emily is simply an understatement. She is poetry personified. The entire performance is like spending an evening with your very best friend, just marvelling at her existence. Together you will experience a full spectrum of emotions: laughter, curiosity, hope, disappointment, sorrow. The ease with which she transitions from storytelling to poetry recitation to enactments of conversations past is absolutely seamless. This, paired with subtle musical and lighting cues, sets a remarkable scene that goes by in an instant. You will be surprised when it’s already intermission and saddened when the time comes to say goodnight to your new companion.
It is entirely possible that your inner writer will awaken during the show. Every sentence William Luce has written spins with energy, bringing Emily Elizabeth Dickinson to life. Her perspectives on the world, from the tender strokes of buttercup petals to her gentle recollections of her father, are replete with marvellous whimsy, painting pictures with her words that make you wish you’d thought to describe it that way first.
Experience the kindling for yourself at the Saint John Theatre Company’s BMO Theatre on April 16th at 7:30.
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