Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bunny - 2016

The year in theatre: A versatile and creative 2016 | Toronto Star

Bunny
Hannah Moscovitch’s first new play after she won the prestigious Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize (worth $150,000 U.S.) in March could not have served as better proof of her worthiness of such international accolades. Bunny premiered in August at the Stratford Festival, introducing late-summer theatregoers to Sorrel, personified beautifully by Maev Beaty in a production filled with empathy and honesty by director Sarah Garton Stanley. Inspired by Victorian romance novels read as a child, Moscovitch tells of Sorrel’s evolution from girl to woman through her sexual relationships with men, while subverting the moralistic stereotypes those novels project by giving Sorrel an objective that falls outside of romantic, professional or child-bearing desires. Bunny was funny, sad, morally challenging and unafraid of its sexiness: a play with its roots in the 1800s unabashedly made in 2016.

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