Three Little Pieces — with big hearts

Vagrant Players, Three Little Pieces

David Lennon and Stephanie George try for love at first click in the age of COVID.

Who wants to be seduced? I’m not talking about hard-wired seduction, the kind that’s all about your junk. I’m talking about the kind that opens your heart to irrational possibilities — like love — the kind that sets you floating in the universe and leaves you feeling a little drunk around the edges. [Read more…]

B bombs

In B, a bomb comes disguised as a birthday present. (Photo by Tim Matheson)

I was so painfully bored after the first hour of B that I fled to my bed and watched the remaining 45 minutes the next morning. In those 45 minutes, Guillermo Calderón’s script gets a tiny bit better. A  tiny bit.   [Read more…]

Good Things To Do is a good thing to do


Friends, do yourselves a favour and get tickets for the remaining online performances of Good Things To Do from Rumble Theatre. They’re only five bucks at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rumble-presents-good-things-to-do-tickets-102448897410
There are three more shows tonight and Rumble has extended the run to next weekend, April 30 to May 2. (NOW NEXT WEEKEND TOO.)
Good Things To Do is an excellent example of a local theatre company adapting to available media.
I took in the participatory performance last night. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that Good Things To Do offers a welcome asylum of tenderness.
Christine Quintana is the core creator of the poetic, dreamlike script. It gets a tiny bit cloying and repetitive, but it is unfailingly gentle — and it’s elemental and sincere, so it pays off. When it was done, I had a good ol’ cathartic sob.
I also want to thank Molly MacKinnon and Mishelle Cutler for the collaboration on the project, which includes liquid sound and music designs.
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Inheritance: a pick-the-path experience. The event is more rewarding than the script.

Inheritance: a pick-the-path adventure is playing at the Annex.

A treasure map: not the best choice. (Photo of Medina Hahn and Daniel Arnold by David Cooper)

Inheritance: a pick-the-path experience is more successful as a political and educational tool than it is as art — and it’s worth seeing. [Read more…]

The Wedding Party: Say “I don’t”

The Arts Club and Prairie Theatre Exchange are presenting The Wedding Party at the BMO Theatre Centre.

Luisa Jojic and Todd Thomson: these two are both very good.
(Photo by David Cooper)

It’s enough to put you off going to the theatre.

There’s some good acting in The Wedding Party, but the script is so stupid. [Read more…]

The House at Pooh Corner: a cosy address in the Hundred Acre Wood

Carousel Theatre is presenting House at Pooh Corner at the Waterfront Theatre.

Piglet (Victor Mariano), Pooh (Tom Pickett), Roo (Advah Soudack), and Tigger confer. (Photo by Tim Matheson)

My date for The House at Pooh Corner was a four-year-old whose primary language is Turkish. Just before I picked Eren up, along with his dad, he’d had a meltdown. And, despite these challenges he liked the show, which makes my review more or less irrelevant, but I enjoyed it too. [Read more…]

Best of Enemies: worth befriending

Pacific Theatre is presenting Best of Enemies.

There’s stillness in Celia Aloma’s performance. Don’t let that lull you. (Photo by Diamond’s Edge Photography)

Best of Enemies is a familiar and predictable story of a white man’s redemption, but it still matters — a great deal. And it’s true. [Read more…]

Pot Kettle Black: not as disturbing as it wants to be

 

Vagrant Players Theatre Society is presenting Pot Kettle Black at the PAL Theatre.

This bunch can act and the play is rewarding — sometimes.

There’s about half of a very good play here and 100% of an excellent cast. [Read more…]

God’s Lake: Go there

God's Lake is at Presentation House in North Vancouver.

The location stills for God’s Lake give a better sense of the show than the productions stills do.
(Photo by Ziibiwan Mahgagahbow)

It’s a tribute to the power of God’s Lake that, after the applause had died down, the audience sat quietly in the theatre for so long that stage manager Jethelo Espaldon Cabilete felt compelled to tell us that the show was over. [Read more…]

Talking Sex on Sunday: doesn’t hit the G-Spot

The Firehall Arts Centre is presenting Sara-Jeanne Hosie's Talking Sex on Sunday

There’s a lot of talent in the cast of this musical, but the book sucks.
(Photo by Emily Cooper)

Why is it so hard to develop a decent script? Show after show goes up in which the script is a mess. That’s certainly the case with Talking Sex on Sunday. [Read more…]

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