Ida: Woman Who Runs With the Moose!
Meet Ida LeClair. She lives in the small town of Mahoosuc Mills, Maine with her husband, Charlie. Stories? She’s got a double-wide mobile home full of them. Find out what really happens when the husbands go off hunting for the weekend. Hear about the amazing adventures Ida and her friends, Celeste, Rita, Betty, Dot, and Shirley have in “the Bonneville.” You’ve heard of Maine humor Down East? Here’s Maine humor from in-state, the heart of the North country, where the women run with the moose.
Ida: Woman Who Runs With the Moose received the Portsmouth Herald’s 1997-1998 Spotlight on the Arts Award for Play of the Year, and Susan was voted Actress of the Year for her portrayal of Ida.
Ida, with her beauty-parlor-poufed hairdo and WalMart wardrobe, may look like a rural ditz, but she isn’t. Honed by earthy common sense, generosity, an irrepressible joie de vivre and a willingness to give new ideas a try, her observations are razor sharp…. From start to finish we laugh with Ida but at nobody, the most satisfying laughter there is.
— The Boston Globe
Prepare to hurt from laughing…dry, incisive wit that does Maine humor proud. With excellent writing as well as acting, this performance feels seamless.
— The Exeter News-Letter
As Ida, Poulin line-dances her way into your heart.
— Foster’s Daily Democrat
Being a Maine native, I’m picky about Maine humor. I want the real thing-no romanticized or derogatory drivel from someone who doesn’t know the sweet yet tough soul of Maine’s people. Susan Poulin knows…. Be prepared to leave the theater with your smile muscles aching.
— Maine Sunday Telegram
Poulin is such a seductive storyteller that she can hold the audience on her own without so much as raising her voice…”Ida” works so well because Poulin doesn’t condescend to her character.
— Casco Bay Weekly
Powerfully charming one-woman show.
— Portland Press Herald