Capital Critics' Circle
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Reviewing Theatre in Canada's Capital Region
La critique théâtrale de la région Ottawa-Gatineau

What a Young Wife Ought to Know,: a play that stays with you long after you’ve left the theatre, dried your eyes, and found your voice again.

Reviewed by on    Theatre in Ottawa and the region   ,

Photo Timothy Patrick

Hannah Moscovitch’s play What a Young Wife Ought to Know, which is based on a compilation of letters women sent to famous birth control advocate Dr. Marie Stopes in the 1920s, tackles an uncomfortably difficult theme.    It is  particularly hard to watch nowadays  when  crimes, attempted against women, are coming to light every day;

The subject matter of Moscovitch’s play, which is so  deeply sad and disturbing,  does not allow the spectator to relax for one minutes from the  overwhelming horror.   Nevertheless,  the playwright, with the director, technical crew, and actors, create an intimate, haunting story and infuse it with so much warmth and humour that it seduces its audience  in spite of the uncomfortable truths it speaks. The result is an overwhelming empathy and understanding for the characters and a play that stays with you long after you’ve left the theatre, dried your eyes.
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