Anyone who has experienced Dan Needles’ Wingfield productions knows that the writer is a comic master. While his play The Team on the Hill contains some genuine laugh-out-loud lines, it tends towards the dramatic side of things, so Wingfield fans should be prepared for some darkness, writes theatre critic Paula Citron in her blog PaulaCitron.ca
The play, which premiered in 2013, is perfect fare for Blyth’s largely rural audience. It is 1970, and three generations are in conflict over the family cattle farm. Austin Ransier, the grandfather (Layne Coleman), has made some bad decisions over the years, which required his son Ray (Tony Munch) to step in and save the farm. Things, however, are still precarious, and Ray does have regrets about giving up his job working on Great Lakes freighters in order to come back to the farm. Larry, the grandson (Kurtis Leon Baker), just out of agricultural college, has some modern ideas that he wants to try out like soybean production, but he is in constant conflict with Ray who is welded to his own way of thinking.
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Photo: The Team on the Hill, by Dan Needles, until Sept. 5. Larry (Kurtis Leon Baker), Leanne (Lucy Meanwell) and Austin (Layne Coleman) share a moment while out fixing fences in the field. Creative team includes: Severn Thompson, director; Kelly Wolf, set and costume designer; Noah Feaver, lighting designer; and Heidi Chan, sound designer. Stage management by Heather Thompson and Katerina Sokyrko. Photo by Terry Manzo.