The theme common to both plays is the emotional and psychological damage passed to children by mothers who are themselves emotionally and psychologically damaged.
We see it in Wallace as the eponymous character passes from childhood through adolescence to young adulthood. The young man’s mother saw herself as a ‘parasite’ and her son subsequently fails in his relationships with women.
In And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little the three Reardon sisters have all reacted differently to the life and death of their mother. Anna asks her sisters if they think their mother was ‘afraid of the world’ and Catherine has no doubt it’s true. Now they all struggle in their own ways to come to terms with that world.
Reardon has become a staple for the Fourth Wall Players. This is their third production of the show but the first time they have attempted to reduce its three acts to a single 40 minute one. They invite their audiences to be the judges of whether they have been too ambitious.
The double-header is directed by senior Rosemary Hoitt and acting teacher Chris Lacy who described the evenings as ‘two hours of entertainment which will take you from the terrible sadness of the loss of a loved-one to outrageous fast-paced ensemble comedy’.
The Fourth Wall Players will also present Reardon at Joseph Case High School in Swansea on Saturday, March 3rd at 4:30pm as part of the Massachusetts Educational Drama Guild’s high school festival. Other schools competing on that day will be Joseph Case, Nauset, Middleboro, Wareham, Hingham, Foxboro, and Sacred Heart (Kingston) high schools. The first show is at 9:00am and the last begins at 5:30. Tickets are $10 for all or any of the eight shows and are available at the door.