Robin Eldridge is all about method acting, whether intentional or not. As Victorian lady Lucie Manette in “A Tale of Two Cities,” she lays eyes on her father for the first time in 18 years.
At the same time, Eldridge reunites with actor David Rothauser — Lucie’s father, Dr. Alexandre Manette.
“In this play we haven’t seen each other in 18 years,” says Eldridge, clearly winding up to something. “That’s exactly the amount of time it’s been since I’ve seen David in real life. I was Scout and he was Attticus in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ 18 years ago.”
It all comes full circle at the Wheelock Family Theatre. This is Eldridge’s eighth year performing at the venue.
“It definitely has been a family theater for me. Both my brother and I acted here as children and went to the shows as audiences before that,” says Eldridge. “I just kept staying connected.”
In its 29th season, the nonprofit theater presents productions for children and adults. “A Tale of Two Cities” is their adult drama.
“In this play, the top government trickles down into this horrible conflict,” Eldridge says. “Here, the theater is run by such warm people that it trickles down to the cast and crew. That’s why we come back over and over again.”