See it if Widow recites letters she has written to her deceased husband, about her grieving, her travels, mutual friends, & future plans. Warmhearted.
Don't see it if JF literally reads everyday thoughts from printed notes. Essentially her diary. Grieving process goes as expected. Touching but prosaic.
See it if Would find a long-time actor reading "letters" she wrote to her late husband after he's passed a tender and fulfilling night at theater.
Don't see it if Don't like solo/epistolary plays, want action, don't want a mature woman revisiting her lovely romance w her husband thru memory & anecdote.
"Markey’s staging is simple, letting Frank move through her home in a comfortable but stagnant way. Moments, especially near the end of the piece, are very well crafted and full of emotional complexity. The letters are extraordinarily well-written but lengthy, causing Frank to rely heavily on her props, more often than not reading directly from the letter itself. This makes the piece quite difficult to engage with, but Frank’s subtle literary wit repeatedly captures our attention."
“A melancholy meditation on loss...A loving and dignified homage to Frank’s late husband...Dignity, though, is not theatricality and Frank falls prey to her own prose...The largest problem is...hinted at in the title. By ‘notes’, Frank actually means sheaths...from which she reads nearly every word...Distancing us from her emotions...Markey stages the work with precision...One just wishes that she could have helped Frank build some tension...But instead, all is calm, all is quiet.”
"There is no grand spectacle, no dramatic declarations, not even any other characters, just her and her letters to her husband. This is theatre at its most honest and it was truly beautiful to see. Frank transitioned between stories seamlessly and never lingered on the somber moments any longer than necessary...A wonderful show for anyone who has struggled with loss...It warmed my heart all the way through."