Every time I have been to a Cow Patti Theatre production, the show has made me wish that their season ran year-round.
Halfway There — Cow Patti’s latest production written by Canadian Playwright Norm Foster — is no exception.
The first thing you will notice about the production is the wonderful friendship portrayed by the four actresses on stage. The relationship between (stage names) Vi, Rita, Mary Ellen and Janine is the crux of the production and the acting on display moves you from tears to belly-laughs throughout the six-act play.
What I found amazing was that even though I identify as a male, the female friends’ relationship on stage was completely relatable.
I found myself throughout the play thinking about my oldest male friends whom I grew up with and the way we uniquely interact with each other.
Indeed, I often forgot that the relationships on display were between actors and not between lifelong friends.
Another thing on display is the distinctly Canadian nature of the script, with references throughout to the quintessential Canadian behaviour of not liking Toronto (in jest) and other maritime-isms that kept the audience feeling at home while simultaneously transporting them 4,755 km to Stewiacke, Nova Scotia where the play is set.
Luckily for my wife and I, the maritime show was accompanied by a Celtic feast due to opening night falling on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, meaning the always excellent dining was uniquely paired with what was on stage.
Another subplot to our experience at Halfway There was my wife and I being paired up with another couple who bought tickets to the show — something I have a suspicion was an intentional choice by Cow Patti Owner (and actor playing Janine) AnnaMarie Lea.
The choice made for an even more enjoyable experience, allowing us to be get to know another couple looking to enjoy local theatre over a wonderful dinner. I truly hope that any of you looking to attend Cow Patti in the future have the opportunity to experience being paired with another group.
It is a unique aspect, which I believe brings a sense of community in the local theatre.
Without giving away too much of the script, I have to say that Halfway There was a hilarious experience that also tugged at your heartstings when it needed too.
It will make you feel lucky to have the friends you do have, while also admiring the friendships others are lucky enough to have as well.
In short, Halfway There made me wish I didn’t have to wait until the Fall for another production by the Cow Patti Theatre Company.