Nov. 13-17, 2012
The ingenue in UTC’s My Three Angels is a naive young girl, but in some ways could describe the entire, immediate French family, the Ducotels including the husband, Felix played by Matthew Erwin, the wife, Emilie played by Rebecca Rouse and the daughter, Marie Louise, played by Kristina Lumm. The head of the family, Felix is no master of the house, but a humbly fumbling, big-hearted shopkeeper who is trying to make a way for he and his family in the tropics of French Guiana in 1910. Wife Emilie suffers from depression, knowing that her family’s possessions are being whittled away by Felix, through charitable donations to un-paying customers like Mme. Parole, played by Maggie McNulty.
Meanwhile, the Ducotel’s Uncle Henri Trochard, played by Jordan Coleman wields mighty power in an uncompromising, aristocratic fashion as he threatens to take back the shop that he owns from the Ducotels, rendering them homeless and penniless to make their way back their French homeland. Marie Louise Ducotel has fallen for Trochard’s young heir, Paul Trochard, played by Justin Holderman. But, master Henri will have nothing to do with this coupling, as the Ducotels’ daughter is merely a peasant compared to the mighty Trochards. Younger Trochard certainly enjoys all the kissing and affection that this naive girl bestows upon him, but he has been flirting with a young lady of much greater means.
The three angels in this play are Joseph, played by Austin Blackburn, Jules played by Trevor Miles and Alfred, played by Emanuel Clark. No angels in real life, these three convicts from the Bastille prison have been sent to the home of the Ducotels on temporary work release to fix the families’ leaky roof. Two of these angels have been convicted of murder and one of embezzling. And, they have no problem with admitting their guilt in these matters. But, it cannot be said that they are heartless. It must have been an interesting proposition for the playwrights to bring an audience into sympathy with these three felons and their pet, a poisonous snake.