VIVA: artistic adventure in Las Vegas

Aenigma Theatre and Bright Young Theatre are co-producing VIVA at the Havana.

In VIVA, Alice and Graeme are heading different directions, but their stories overlap in Las Vegas.

There’s a lot of powerful writing in Scott Button’s new play VIVA. That’s the most important thing to know. There are also lapses of taste, which undermine the strengths.

In VIVA, Button overlaps two narratives. At the outset, Alice and Graeme, who don’t know one another, are on the same plane to Las Vegas. Button does an excellent job of controlling the revelation of information, so I won’t mess with that other than to say that the stories involve Graeme’s search for a lost family member and Alice’s attempt to save her terminally ill brother by illegal means. [Read more…]