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Sally Clark

Toronto, Playwrights Canada, 1989. 132pp, paper, $9.95
ISBN 0-88754-476-2. CIP

Reviewed by Pat Bolger.

Volume 18 Number 1
1990 January

Clark's two-act play is rather remi­niscent of silent film comedies; with almost fifty scenes darting abruptly backwards and forwards in time, it has the jumpy motion of early movies, and the seventeen broadly drawn characters are as hard to track as a "cast of thou­sands."

The incidents of the plot, covering about fifty years, arise out of Moo's love for Harry, who marries her, shoots her on two occasions, commits her to an insane asylum, deserts her, and contin­ues to send her taunting postcards from his travels with other women. Harry's character is not welt enough defined to give the reader any sympathy with Moo's obsession, to which she sacrifices her life, unable to love her child as she pursues Hairy to various exotic loca­tions.

Productions of Moo in Calgary, Victoria and Toronto were highly praised for their black humour and comic energy, qualities only faintly conveyed by the printed word. Not rec­ommended for younger readers.

Pat Bolger, Renfrew, Ont.
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