REVIEW: A powerful play, impeccable production

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In the Wake of Wettlaufer is truly exceptional theatre and you may want to see it for many reasons not necessarily as an impetus to react to the Gillese inquiry report, writes James Karas in his online review.

The Blyth Festival has produced a harrowing and deeply moving play about the fate of a man suffering from dementia and its effects on his family. The man, Frank, died in a nursing home under circumstances that led his children to suspect that he was murdered by serial killer Elizabeth Wettlaufer. Frank and his family are a fictitious creation by Kelly McIntosh and Gil Garratt but as the title In the Wake of Wettlaufer suggests it is clearly rooted in the murders of Wettlaufer and the subsequent inquiry.

Between 2007 and 2016, Elizabeth Wettlaufer murdered eight seniors and attempted to murder another four victims. She confessed to the murders and is now serving several life sentences in a penitentiary with no eligibility for parole for 25 years. Details of her conduct and the inquiry held by Justice Eileen Gillese are easily accessible on the internet.

Subject to some comments at the end of my review, here, we are concerned with the play In the Wake of Wettlaufer and the extraordinary production it receives at the Blyth Festival…

Read his full review here.

Photo: Blyth Festival’s In the Wake of Wettlaufer, co-written by Kelly McIntosh and Gil Garratt, runs until Sept. 6. It features Caroline Gillis, Nathan Howe, Jane Spidell, Rachel Jones and Robert King. Creative team is: Gil Garratt, director and set designer; Rebecca Picherack, lighting designer; Lyon Smith, sound designer; and Gemma James-Smith, costume designer. Stage management by Christine Oakey and Daniel Oulton. Photo credit: Terry Manzo.