The creative team for The Attic, The Pearls, and Three Fine Girls are revisiting the fun of childhood as they rehearse their upcoming play.
The comedy, which opens November 3 at The Guild, has actors Kathleen Hamilton, Melissa Mullen, and Gill Mahen playing estranged sisters who can’t leave each other, or well enough, alone. “We play some scenes as children and some as adults,” says Hamilton, “and you know how grown-ups can suddenly regress to childhood when they’re with their siblings? Well, these sisters don’t just tease and taunt and have temper tantrums. They get physical. And hair pulling is just the start.”
Director Laurel Smyth says the sister’s misbehaviors ring hilariously true. “We performed a short preview scene for an audience last Spring and people were delighted. They said, that was just like my childhood. In the full production, it’s even funnier, because we also get to see how they behave as women.”
The team chose the play on the strength of its script, co-written by author Ann Marie MacDonald (Fall on Your Knees; Good Night Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet) with four other Canadian women. “It took a few years to find a script that was a worthy follow-up to our previous productions of Marion Bridge,” says Smyth.
Although Attic is a faster-paced comedy, it shares a similar theme with Marion Bridge in that it reunites three estranged sisters, upon the death of a parent. “It was Melissa Mullen who brought both scripts to us,” says Hamilton, who also starred with Mullen in Marion Bridge. “Now she jokes that we only like plays with three sisters and a dead body upstairs.”
The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls plays at The Guild on November 3, 4, 5, 6 and November 10, 12 and 13th.