Wednesday, September 4, 2013
bravery on stage
Theatre is offering a wonderful production of “Big Maggie” at 235 Second Avenue
in Albany weekends through September 15.
It’s a harsh play about a woman who is hard on her four adult children. Hard is an understatement. She is downright cruel.
At ACT Big
Maggie is played by Kathleen Carey. In
my review of the play (the previous blog) I called her performance “brave.” It is brilliant work by an exceptional
actor has to go to the darkest part of their psyche it is always an emotionally
dangerous choice. Because few actors
are able to do it, it is one of the factors I use in evaluating the talent of
an actor. If you cannot visit .your dark side, you will always be limited as an
performance took even more bravery by Carey.
In local theater the final week of opening a show is torture and
pressure filled. The nights are long,
tense and filled with fear, doubt and last minute adjustments.
outside the acting company know that week brought added tensions to the
actress, a Troy native who teaches second grade at Sacred Heart School in Troy.
The Monday before
opening, Kathleen’s 85 year old mother fell and broke her hip. They operated on Tuesday. On Wednesday
complications set in she was placed in ICU.
On Friday – the day the show opened – it was uncertain if Kathleen’s
mother would survive.
She did and
will be discharged to rehab within days.
night, Kathleen Carey temporarily put aside her mother’s problems and gave the
performance of her life.
the role was a mother who in trying to make her children stronger made them
suffer. The character was the opposite
of Kathleen’s mother but finding a mother’s love within this harsh, cruel woman
demanded the actress understand the deepest love a mother can offer – it had to
be an exhausting and emotionally disturbing experience. This is what I think
defines a “brave performance.”
By the way,
it is an excellent performance by Carey and everyone else in the cast and “Big
Maggie” should be seen.
is at Albany Civic Theatre through September 15. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at
7:30 p.m., Sundays at 3. 462-1297,