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Marion Bridge

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This fascinating version of Daniel MacIvor’s most successful play to date lets the reader in on a secret: it was never primarily written as a work for live theatrical performance, but as a vehicle for his development of a screenplay, also included in this new edition. In his surprisingly revealing introduction, MacIvor talks about the genesis of both the play and the movie ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Talonbooks (first published 1999)
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Rebecca McNutt
Adapted into an amazing film back in '02, Marion Bridge is a Cape Breton set play about the lives of three estranged sisters from Sydney, who find their schedules intertwined when their mother is diagnosed with cancer. Uniquely Canadian and an emotional portrait of a dysfunctional family reuniting, Marion Bridge is really worth reading.
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May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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The more times I read this and watch it performed, the more I appreciate what Daniel MacIvor has done with Marion Bridge. In many ways this is a story that's been told before--wayward child returns to join more dutiful siblings at parent's deathbed, with demons and regret as companions--but MacIvor is a gifted writer who is very good at creating female characters and writing dialogue for them. This play passes the Bechdel Test and does it with intelligence, humour, and compassion.

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Surprisingly good for a show with such a seemingly depressing premise. All three women win you over in their own ways, their responses to their grief are so authentic. Really enjoyed this one in spite of my aversion to feelings.
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Daniel MacIvor was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in 1962. He is a stalwart of the Canadian theatre scene, having written and directed numerous award-winning productions including See Bob Run, Wild Abandon, 2-2-Tango, This Is A Play, The Soldier Dreams, You Are Here, How It Works, A Beautiful View, Communion, Bingo! and his work has been translated into French, Portuguese, Spanish, Czech, German ...more
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