By Deena Kinarthy
The world premiere of Polish-born writer Grace Salez’s poignant and deeply moving one-woman narrative on Sunday night at the Metro Studio, River of Time, with actor Barbara Poggemiller playing the lead role, went off breathtakingly, leaving not a dry eye in the house. Ending with thunderous applause and a standing ovation. Grace Salez is a master storyteller, chronicling her entire life as the child of Polish Holocaust survivors during the Second World War. With warm, inviting dialogue that makes you feel like a close friend or part of this big Polish family, you go along Salez’s journey with her to understand her mother and her mother’s troubled past. This is a play as much about surviving the horrors of war as it is about the delicate relationship between a mother and her daughter.
Poggemiller’s performance is brilliant, she conveys so much with her acting with the only prop ever used- a single chair on an empty stage- proving that good theatre needs nothing much except a good actor and a platform for telling a story.
The pictures of Salez’s family projected on the screen in the backdrop were a nice personal touch, as well as the integrated music and sounds designed by Enrique Rivas.
Under the quality guidance and direction of Director Lina de Guevara, this collective have joined forces to create a powerful, poignant piece of theatre not to be missed!
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