In Honour, Joanna Murray-Smith explores the cultural phenomenon of a man leaving his wife for a younger woman after decades of marriage. The stage drama makes its way to the Broadway Theatre Center courtesy of Renaissance Theaterworks. The deeply affecting Laura Gordon plays Honor, a poet whose journalist husband Gus (Brian Mani) leaves her for a promising young journalist named Claudia (Greta Wohlrabe).
Gordon has the kind of strength to portray stunning resilience—emotion that should be that much more powerful on the small stage of the Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre.
Mani has shown before that he can breathe complexity into this type of role, most recently in Renaissance’s production of Blackbird last season.
Wohlrabe is every bit the youth she’s playing here. As a member of the Milwaukee Rep’s Acting Intern Ensemble last year, she made a notable performance in the company’s inaugural “Rep Lab.” In that show, she managed to create a dynamic stage presence in Neil LaBute’s The Furies without saying a word.
Karen Estrada rounds out the cast as the adult daughter of George and Honor. The daughter is roughly the same age as Claudia. Estrada’s ability to express emotion should greatly aid this kind of ensemble show.
Honour, which runs March 23-April 15 at the Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre, marks the end of the season for Renaissance Theaterworks. For ticket reservations, call 414-291-7800.