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Rez Sisters: A Play in Two Acts (2010)

af Tomson Highway

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This award-winning play by Native playwright Tomson Highway is a powerful and moving portrayal of seven women from a reserve attempting to beat the odds by winning at bingo. And not just any bingo. It is THE BIGGEST BINGO IN THE WORLD and a chance to win a way out of a tortured life. The Rez Sisters is hilarious, shocking, mystical and powerful, and clearly establishes the creative voice of Native theatre and writing in Canada today.… (mere)
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"The Rez Sisters" is a fine juggling act by Tomson Highway, including seven women whose characters all emerge and develop as unique forces in the drama. The times the dialogue feels meandering is offset by the humor and the huge level of personality at play. And though there is much play there are some stark revelations that reveal the struggle of the characters. While this tension could have been teased out a bit more it is primarily left simmering under the surface of the conflict and the journey. The inclusion of Nanabush is excellent and helps to bolster the surreal/mythic elements of the play.
  b.masonjudy | Apr 3, 2020 |
I like the ideas that informed the mythical aspects of this play much more than the play itself. I liked the way Nanabush appeared throughout, the incorporation of mythic figures like that in a modern context always appeals to me. The prophesy that seven generations after the arrival of the Europeans the Native culture would be rejuvenated is also fascinating because it is something I constantly see happening around me, and according to some we are the seventh generation, and this was worked into the play in interesting ways. I think my perception of it might be different if it were on stage, as plays are meant to be taken in, but I think what lacked was my feeling of any personal connection to the characters on the page. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
This was my first incursion into Highway's fiction and I very much enjoyed the variety of characters, each with her character, problems, particularities and obsessions. Although I expected to have a clearer idea of the some of the challenges that Native women have to go through, I did glimpse into the obstacles, and joys, of life on the reserve. I enjoyed the fact that Highway speaks of life outside of the reserve through Ellen, of the cultural gaps when talking about Raymond and Emily's former life in Fresco and of life on the reserve: Zhaboonigan and her horrible ordeal, the tensions with the Chief and the men in general but also the love of the land and of the community. Nanbush was a curious character for me: seeing him on stage might have given me a better understanding of his role and symbolic nature - I'm sure he has a very strong presence which flits and swoops as emotions and drama unfold.
Finally, I loved the mix of Cree and Ojibwa which gave the text such poetry - I would love to hear it on stage.
A beautiful mix of cultures and perspectives. ( )
  Cecilturtle | Jun 28, 2014 |
I found this exhausting with all the picaresque. I liked all the Cree, and the effacing the difference between traditional and avant-garde. Lots of these lines have astonishing possibilities for delivery and I think this would come out great on stage (we arrived late and Douglas College sold our tickets! Suck it, Douglas College!). The most magnificent scene was where the sisters are arguing about going to the Biggest Bingo in the World in Toronto and circling each other spitting insults in this really intricate, contrapuntal, but also hilarious way. The line between bawdy fun and tired hurr-hurrery may have been crossed a few times too many though, and the flip side of "potential for delivery" is "flat on the page." But man there's a lot of pain here, leavened with laughter, waiting for the right First Nations actors to bring it to life. I would have liked to see if Douglas College was up to the challenge. ( )
  MeditationesMartini | Nov 28, 2012 |
This is an important first nations play. Part satire, part commentary on the social and financial conditions on reserves, this play is very humorously told. The story is told from the point of view of several women living on a first nations reserve. Other characters include 'Nanabush' an First Nations mythological character/trickster who is only seen by the child and one character with Cancer.

While life continues on the reserve, the women hear news of 'The Biggest Bingo in the World!!!' taking place in Toronto. Clearly the prize has to be huge. Just think what you could get with that! Working washers, driers, fridges and freezers! The girls go into fundraising mode and pull together to try to get there. This play was shown all over Canada and in the United States. It is not a long play, and I recommend you give it a read. :) ( )
  Bcteagirl | May 14, 2012 |
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This award-winning play by Native playwright Tomson Highway is a powerful and moving portrayal of seven women from a reserve attempting to beat the odds by winning at bingo. And not just any bingo. It is THE BIGGEST BINGO IN THE WORLD and a chance to win a way out of a tortured life. The Rez Sisters is hilarious, shocking, mystical and powerful, and clearly establishes the creative voice of Native theatre and writing in Canada today.

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