The Marcus Center Presents Come From Away
By Livia Peterson
Our current moment such as the Trump Administration and climate change provide controversy, hopelessness, and disagreement among us. Yet, Christopher Ashley’s delightful musical Come From Away provides us hope during our tribulations. The touring company performed at the Marcus Performing Arts Center’s Uihlein Hall from Tuesday, May 7, 2019 to Sunday, May 12, 2019.
Based on the incredible true events, thirty eight planes unexpectedly divert and land in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Gander residents including the mayor Claude (Kevin Carolan), the police Oz (Harter Clingman), the teacher Beulah (Julie Johnson), and the SPCA head Bonnie (Megan McGinnis) welcomed 7,000 stranded travelers. Hannah (Danielle K. Thomas), Diane (Christine Toy Johnson), Bob (James Earl II), and a few others manage their situations and establish some lifelong friendships. We see the passengers and the captain Beverley (Becky Gulsvig) handle extreme stress.
The complete company depicts multiple characters and portrayed beautifully with raw emotions. Even though everyone receives their spotlight, Gulsvig and Thomas consistently steal our hearts with touching moments. Performed without the intermission, Come From Away moves along too quickly, allowing us to wish the occasion could last a few more moments.
Come From Away is a meaningful production, reminding us the depressing subject provides optimism, our hardships allows us to be tenacious humans, friendships are able to found when we least expect them, and kindness still exists in our hopeless world.
Just analyze the Stop The World lyrics: Stop the world / Take a picture / Try to capture / To ensure this moment lasts / We’re still in it, but in a minute / That’s the limit and this present will be past / And here we are / Where the world has come together / And she will be in this picture, forever. We must live in the moment and learn from our present because we do not know how long it will last and we only live once.
Come From Away touches on the least musical subject and yet, it completely unconventionally works, including the perfect company and its poignant implications, examining our human nature and as such, this is why we attend live theatre. Come From Away is one of the most astonishing musicals and allows us to view musical theatre in a different perspective.
The First North American Tour performs until August 2020. Visit the official website for more information.