SummerWorks 2012: Marine Life

Emotions overflow in Rosa Laborde’s catastrophic comedy

Presented by Company Theatre Crisis and Aluna Theatre
Written by Rosa Laborde
Directed by Natasha Mytnowych

Cast of Marine Life (L to R): Scott McCord, Tommie-Amber Pirie and Philip Riccio. Photo by Natasha Mytnowych.

Some relationships are like natural disasters: unwavering and destructive. Playwright Rosa Laborde makes the connection between codependent love and environmental devastation in Marine Life, a darkly funny three-hander now playing at the SummerWorks Performance Festival.

Featuring a simple set of table and chairs, with a large, seaweed-inspired chandelier hanging overhead, the show stars Tommie-Amber Pirie as an tree-hugging activist caught between her lawyer/lover (Philip Riccio), and emotionally needy brother (Scott McCord). The cast delivers under director Natasha Mytnowych, committing to the characters’ idiosyncracies in a compelling, laugh-out-loud performance. Memorable scenes include McCord’s “Mexican love song,” and a hilarious appearance by Riccio in scuba fins.

Marine Life runs until August 19 at the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace. Visit for more information and to buy tickets.

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