My Picks: Genocide and Dementia

Michael Redhill’s script, Goodness (pictured above) has been touring internationally for seven years. Both the production and the script have been getting rave reviews everywhere from Edinburgh to New York.

The play is about a recently divorced guy who travels to Poland to investigate what happened to family members during the Holocaust. On his way home through London, he meets a woman who survived a more recent twentieth-century genocide. Apparently, the script asks tough questions in compelling ways.

Goodness runs March 6 to 11 at the Firehall as part of the Chutzpah Festival. My sense is that this is going to be one of THE shows to see this year.

I also encourage you to bathe yourself in the talent that’s washing around the tiny stage at the Havana Theatre in King Lear.

It’s directed by Kevin Bennett, the same guy who brought us such an exceptional Hamlet at the Havana last season. Simon Webb’s somewhat mannered performance in the title role didn’t always work for me but, when he gets to the heart of the matter, it’s moving. There’s always lots to watch, including Emma Slipp’s Regan and Sebastien Kroon’s Fool. And Bennett’s staging is both innovative and effective. This show runs until March 17, but seating is limited, so book now.


About Colin Thomas

Colin Thomas is a Vancouver-based editor, an award-winning playwright, and an established theatre critic. Colin helps writers unlock the full potential of their novels, short stories, screenplays, and children's books.

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