The setting/presentation of the play, with each character framed and sitting in their own separate kitchens was a bit counter-intuitive to me at first - I didn’t get it. But then, I did, and then it was time to listen.
Each character tells a story. Yes, it was all about food. Well, it was also about family. Actually it was also about memories and hardship and learning. Each vignette is about simple things that turn out to be very meaningful parts of our life. The play was food for the soul.
Becky Gray plays Ashby, who was able to make you actually feel the warmth of gumbo in her body when she spoke. Megan Wagner played Esther who conveyed a welcoming and genuine spirit, and told a touching story. Sharon Reichert was natural and unpretentious in her role as Milly, while Darryl Bleau effectively brought the audience into his world. Eric Laroque was mature, grounded and believable in his portrayal of Oscar. I was touched by emotion as I listened to his story.
A Bowl of Soup reminds the audience that the family that eats together, builds memories together. It shows how soup and stories and hardships can bind us all together in ways we can never predict and which can last a lifetime. And not to be forgotten, that food is good!
Hats off to the Leduc Drama Society for their commitment to the Arts, even when conditions have been Covid tough. This group shows the same tenacity that the Drama Society showed in years past when their Playhouse was out of service and they had to rehearse in all types of strange venues. Life can be tough but this group show us all how to perservere – as long as someone brings something to eat!