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This largely autobiographical play tells a story of love and friendship between two women, and includes a very frank look at lesbianism and alcoholism. After sinking into heroin and alcohol addiction, once-successful actress Katherine Becker (Peggy Friesen) answers a wake-up call and takes herself out of the mainstream to live on an island off the coast of Maine, where she achieves sobriety on both counts.

With:
Helena Simpson - Merle Moores
Katherine Becker - Peggy Friesen
Pamela Rothman - Christy Brandt
Monica Von Hessenwald - Kirsten Carver

This largely autobiographical play tells a story of love and friendship between two women, and includes a very frank look at lesbianism and alcoholism. After sinking into heroin and alcohol addiction, once-successful actress Katherine Becker (Peggy Friesen) answers a wake-up call and takes herself out of the mainstream to live on an island off the coast of Maine, where she achieves sobriety on both counts.

After a couple of years, she invites her old friend and former companion, Helena (Merle Moores), a popular novelist she hasn’t seen in five years, for a visit. Helena brings along vodka, insisting Katherine have a drink with her; Katherine firmly resists.

Pamela (Christy Brandt) is an island native who has become Katherine’s strong support in her battle against the bottle. She pops in for her daily visit and finds Helena having a drink by herself. Pamela pours the vodka down the sink and explains that there is to be no liquor in that house, of course to Helena’s disgust.

Unbeknownst to her host, Helena has invited her companion, Monica (Kirsten Carver), to the reunion. Monica admits to promiscuity and embraces Katherine as Helena enters the room. Later, Helena storms off when she’s denied the “right” to drink. Thus Katherine decides that she is ready to go back to New York.

Director Francis J. Cullinan assembled four of the area’s better actresses for the cast, and hit the mark with Moores and Brandt. Friesen’s gentleness makes it difficult to find her believable in such a weighty role. Likewise, Carver is more of the ingenue type and, however brazen, not too fitting as the worldly, tough Monica. Day shows a flare for witty dialogue and provides a goodly share of laughs, though the script is heavy on profanity.

Eclipse

Quality Hill Playhouse; 150 seats; $10 top

Production: A Glocca Morra Production Company presentation of a play in two acts by Tammi Day. Directed by Francis J. Cullinan. Co-producer, John Healey; production coordinator, Gregg Markowski; stage manager, Christine McCurdy.

Creative: Set, R. Keith Brumley, Chad Fry; sound, Tom DeFeo; lighting, Mary Davis; costumes, Baker S. Smith. Opened, reviewed Feb. 17, 1994.

Cast: Helena Simpson - Merle Moores
Katherine Becker - Peggy Friesen
Pamela Rothman - Christy Brandt
Monica Von Hessenwald - Kirsten Carver

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