The Attic, The Pearls & Three Fine Girls (henceforward known as APTFG) is the story of three sisters who come together after their father’s death. Jelly has been taking care of him in his final months, while Jayne and Jojo were out working. It’s the quintessential “four sister drift apart but must meet again to sort things out” story that’s been told and retold. They all live different lives, but are still the same sisters they were when they were younger.
However, rather than falling into a trap of banality, APTFG retains a tinge of sincerity, keeping it afloat. Through the play’s time-shifts between childhood and adulthood, the audience is given a gift: the ability to create the story of the in-between. Using the framework outlined in the script, the playwrights allow the audience to ponder what has happened to these three girls, as we see what will happen now that they are together again.
Jess Abramovitch, Natasha O’Brien and Katheleen White do a great job as rivaling sisters, who have only partly grown up, or have perhaps regressed after revisiting the attic they used to play in.
One last show on Sunday… Check it out.
Warning: If you have a sister, be prepared to relive those memories, for better or for worse.
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