Review: ‘The Guardians’ at Resurrection Theatre

The Guardians: Fri 8pm, Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; Through 2/16; $18-$20; Resurrection Theatre at Wilkerson Theatre, 1723 25th Street; (916) 491-0940;
Rated 3.0

Parenthood can be stressful—and for a single mom facing health issues, subjects such as guardianship of a child can loom large, especially if things go awry.

Local actor and new playwright Jayna Anderson captures her own experiences as a sole parent with similar concerns in her debut play The Guardians, now at Resurrection Theatre.

The story is simple, yet complex. Mom—Camille (Margaret Morneau)—must come face-to-face with the possibility that her health is declining and her teenage daughter’s future hangs in the balance. So she begins figuring out her daughter’s potential options, zeroing in on her drama queen GBF Gavin, a surprising choice, considering Gavin does not get along with the teenager, let alone his own husband.

The two standout performers in a cast of six are Morneau as Camille and Cattaryna Goodin as the teen-with-a-'tude, Bronwyn.

Though filled with tender moments, thoughtful reflections and some lovely prose, The Guardians isn’t quite ready for prime time. It needs a little massaging and tweaking, such as downplaying the lurking ghost element that can be distracting, especially in the first act. However, the play explores a topic sure to stir the hearts and concerns of parents, especially those traveling solo along that road.