It would be difficult to picture Savannah theatre without the ubiquitous Chris Soucy and his sister, Jin Hi Soucy Rand. This is perhaps, in part, because of their connection to the Muse Arts Warehouse, one of the few affordable venues available to Savannah theatre artists. It is fitting that one of the final performances in the space was Fears My Sister Taught Me, a sweet and funny reflection on Soucy's relationship with his sister (who founded the Muse in 2010).
In Fears My Sister Taught Me, Soucy delivered a professorial fire-side chat by the light of a projector and a luminous deer. He had the audience roaring with laughter as he guided them through the decades with dry wit, sincerity, and a healthy dose of self-deprication. As Soucy's stories progressed out of early childhood, the laughter slowed down and the stories became more bittersweet, touching on the tragedies we all must inevitably confront as we age- illness, death, and the question of our own resilience. Soucy is a deft storyteller; he carried the audience through waves of sober reflection, peppered with chuckles of relief as he threw out a quip here and there to relieve the tension. Each story represented a reflection of phobias disguising a deep spring of love and respect for his sister.
This was indeed a lecture; as the chat grew more and more mature, the audience was invited to reflect on their own resilience. Characteristically, just as we all grew somber Soucy broke the tension with one last laugh-out-loud quip, then left us there in the dark together to watch a video of the siblings and their friends in a joyous act of solidarity. Fears My Sister Taught Me was an extremely satisfying piece of storytelling. It left the audience sated with laughter, got us right in the feels, and perhaps most importantly gave us something to chew on after we all went home.