"Going into this show I expected a fairly typical Harold and Maude type show about the passion of youth and the wisdom of old age, but what I found was something more charming and complex. Early Retirement is a character drama driven by three strong performances bringing three interesting personalities to life. Funny at times, thoughtful at others, I feel this show does a good job of capturing the messiness of modern love by juxtaposing it against the facts and fictions of a romanticized older time... Although it’s not the type of show I’m usually drawn to, I had a good time watching this enduring and funny show and think it’s worth checking out."
"A broken heart sends a young Abigail to the retirement home where her sister Penny works as a nurse. She offers to teach yoga to the elderly residents in exchange for a place to reside while she mends. During her stay, Abigail is challenged by a cranky resident named Henry who constantly finds a reason to argue with her.
There is great dynamics seen in the drunk scene and during the chair-aerobics between sisters Abigail (Laurel Brady) and Penny (Elizabeth Stuart-Morris). The timing during their argument and comfort seen on stage was believable as sisters who have 21 years of stories, hurts and laughter together. Julian Munds was entertaining as Henry, often bringing the laughs to this story with his cranky demeanour.
There was a nice progression in the relationship between Abigail and Henry, time marked simply by changing over the activity board.
This production has three interesting characters who I feel as though still have stories to share, feelings not yet expressed and moments ahead to discover… I look forward to seeing where further development of Brady’s play Early Retirement, take Abigail, Henry and Penny next."
-Trish West ( Donald's Dish)