A few weeks ago, I told you about my experience seeing “Camelot” at Barter Theatre. A week ago I went back to the state theater of Virginia and I saw “Morning After Grace,” starring Michael Poisson, Tricia Matthews and Ron Stroman.
See “Morning After Grace” At Barter Theatre: Now Through March 31st
The Barter Theatre opened in 1933 and is located in Abingdon, Virginia. The state theater of Virginia is the nation’s longest running professional theater and has it’s own in house theater group. This means that the actors are hired for year long contracts, thus they can focus on their current role[s] instead of looking immediately for the next job. Fun fact: In the midst of the Great Depression, people could attend plays at Barter Theatre by bartering, or trading goods, equivalent to the ticket price.
Angus and Abigail fall into each other’s lives after meeting at a funeral in Florida. Not the first place you’d expect to find romance after clocking plenty of miles on the road of life, but startling surprises come in unpredictable packages. Strangers just the day before, Abigail thinks she may finally be ready to take another chance on love, but Angus has a few issues to work through first. Enter neighbor Ollie, formerly a baseball player for the Detroit Tigers who now enjoys golf and yoga. Nothing is as it seems with this trio and every disclosure reveals a new perspective. This charming and big-hearted comedy takes us on an unexpected journey toward a new lease on life. Just when they think they’ve got it all figured out, well-traveled people can be rookies when it comes to learning the good stuff. “…a beautiful vignette about life…treated with kindness, humor, and lots of love.”
Barter Theatre’s “Morning After Grace”
“Morning After Grace” is playing right now in Barter Stage II. Though I have visited the Barter Theatre many times, I have never seen a play at Barter Stage II. A smaller stage and viewing area, I have to say that I really enjoyed the intimate setting. Aside from the different venue, this play was also new to me in that it only had 3 people portraying the entire cast.
“Morning After Grace” focuses on an older cast but don’t let that dissuade you if you are a member of a younger generation. The problems that these people are facing are not generational but universal. I don’t want to give too much away and ruin the play for those of you who have not yet seen it, but each person featured is suffering a major loss or trying to make a life-changing decision. Abigail, Angus and Ollie are pulled together by chance, but turn out to be just what each other needs in order to navigate these difficult, life altering decisions they each were previously facing alone.
I think that all of the actors did a phenomenal job portraying their roles. I was able to empathize with and become emotionally invested in all of the characters. This play is not for the geriatric crowd, it’s for anyone who has gone through some kind of romantic trauma, anyone who has suffered a loss of a close loved one or anyone who is facing a life changing decision.
You can see “Morning After Grace” at Barter Theatre now through March 31st. Click here for tickets.