Reviewed by Karen Diepeveen
30 minutes / Drama / R
Partly sponsored by Jer’s Vision in conjunction with their anti-bullying initiatives, Ex Cathedra brings viewers to a world in which homosexuality is punishable by death. We meet Frances and Moira, former lovers who are confronted with their past in a tense personal and professional encounter.
In an eager performance, punctuated by moments of what was likely first night jitters, the actors put forward the compelling story that opens with an emotionally distraught nun sitting in a deserted room. She’s joined by the commander of the army, who we quickly discover is her former lover. In the context of their discussion around the Lavender Railroad, an underground movement to resuce homosexuals from certain death, we learn about their complicated and still-intense relationship.
While the intricate story lacks a bit of a spark between the actors to make it fully believable, they were earnest performers with good sentiment. As Ex Cathedra is the second act of the longer Lavendar Railroad, perhaps having the full context of the entire play would build more towards the intensity of the relationship between these two women.
Ex Cathedra by Lawrence Aronovitch is playing at Venue 4 – Studei Leonard-Beaulne on Saturday, June 16 at 11:00pm, Sunday, June 17 at 6:00pm, Tuesday, June 19 at 5:30pm, Thursday, June 21 at 7:00pm, and Sunday, June 24 at 3:00pm.