Torontoist has a contest running to see who can fall asleep in the most Martha Henry plays. We didn’t mean to initiate this contest. We were just very tired as we sat in the front row at the opening night of Copenhagen at the Winter Garden Theatre a few months back. Ms. Henry, a true veteran of Canadian stage and screen, was very good. It’s just that the lighting was so mellow, and those fake plants and tacky trelliswork they’ve covered the Winter Garden with sort of lends the place a sleepy Secret Garden vibe. Still, we can’t be an apologist for our own shortcomings.
We owe it to Ms. Henry to see another one of her plays, and to stay violently awake throughout. And since Torontoist likes the plays of Morris Panych as well, we’re going to see Vigil. It’s a dark comedy about a nephew who keeps his aunt company as he awaits her kick off. Running until until Nov. 13th at CanStage.