VOS: Marg, you are a natural story teller and I’ll bet you use those talents in the Play Reading for The Outrageous Adventures of Sheldon and Mrs. Levine. What do you love about the art of telling a story?
Marg Kropf: Yes, I definitely do incorporate storytelling into my acting. What do I love about storytelling?I am able to make myself a part of the story. When I have an attentive audience, I actually feel magically transported into the story itself. I feel the excitement building as the story progresses. I incorporate body language and movement, eye contact and vocal variety. All these have helped me bring the character of Mrs. Levine to life.
VOS: Tell us about Levine. It explores a son’s relationship with his mother?
Marg: Mrs. Levine is an eccentric and controlling mother who loves her son dearly.
The two have a love/hate relationship full of hilarious moments
but also deep tenderness. They can’t bear to be together, but they also can’t bear to be apart.
I myself have a real-life adult son whom I rarely see, and who is still trying to find himself. I can thus relate strongly to the feelings of both the mother and the son.
I love the final scene of the play. It may pull at the audience’s heartstrings.
It certainly pulls at mine.
Shrek actor Steve Russell was featured in a Toronto based blog and had this to say:
It is “good for the whole family” – there is lots of adult content that will fly over the kids’ heads. It is also the Shrek story from the first film but with lots of new music and dance numbers added. It is a real treat for everyone. It was quite a hit on Broadway where there aren’t a lot of small children paying the bills. There is only one price for tickets (just like Mirvish shows).
I recommend it to everyone above the age of 5 or 6. Small children may be frightened by the dragon and other costumes. Adults will get the many references to other shows and appreciate the more significant meaning of ‘letting your freak flag fly’ and everyone will laugh at the fart jokes… in spite of themselves.