Children of God….

Last Sunday afternoon was a sunny, extraordinary Vancouver day. But, I and a large gathering of people spent it in a dark theatre witnessing the play “Children of God”, produced by Urban Ink Productions, with the York Theatre-The Cultch. My goosebumps burst at the introductory primal drum and the First Nations’ presence that lead us into the tragic story of the residential schools in Canada. This tightly knitted show culminated with an audience bonding and a talk back. The conversational finale helped to give more meaning to the depths of feelings I was experiencing.

“I don’t want to look like an Indian today” “Good luck with that!” This exchange between grown son, Tom, played by Herbie Barnes, and his wise mother, Rita, played by Cathy Elliott, as Tom dresses for a job interview, summarized the back bone of this coming to light historical story.

Last week I worked on a TV series Continue reading “Children of God….”

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“On a First Name Basis”

Take an upper echelon, self absorbed (until today) writer, and his clever, under appreciated housekeeper and throw in some expensive bottles of booze. The result? A wonky waltz of intellectual and emotional discovery.

When writer, David, insists on them using first names and crossing boundaries, the awkward fun begins. Especially as he didn’t even know her first name. After twenty eight years of service.

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First Impressions Theatre has once again Continue reading ““On a First Name Basis””

RED….

Red.. the name of the play I saw a few days ago. Red… the colour of love, of anger, of strawberries, of blood, of carnations, of rosy cheeks, of cooked lobster, of cheeky lipstick, of eyes that have cried too much. The list goes on. Red.

Red by John Logan, produced by First Impressions Theatre of Deep Cove, directed by Jim Hebb and performed by Cameron McDonald (Mark Rothko) and Mike Bodzanowski (Ken), is brilliant. Thoughtfully written (I kept wanting to write down quotes in my dark theatre seat), this production takes the words off the page and splashes them around with no false notes. I want to go back.

I grew up with a painter….. Continue reading “RED….”

ONE….

When you look up to the sky and see a shooting star, what is your reaction? One of elation? Of excitement? Thrill – because you have the privilege of a pending wish coming true?

Or… knife cutting terror because you think a new war has started?

Two evenings ago, sitting in a dark theatre, watching “One”, my perspective on that mysteriously beautiful strike of moving light so high in the sky altered. Continue reading “ONE….”

“Assassinating Thomson”… A Mystery in Canadian Art

“Assassinating Thomson” written and performed by Bruce Horak of Monster Theatre, currently playing at The Firehall Arts Centre until October 19 also performed at the 2013 Edmonton Fringe Festival. Being too busy with my own show, I missed it.

Thank you so much to the Firehall Arts Centre for giving me a second chance to see legally blind painter, actor, playwright, Bruce Horak perform “Assassinating Thomson”, directed by acclaimed Ryan Gladstone.

Because my best buddy, my Dad, Barry Jeeves, is also a painter, and also has a disability I figured I would fall in love with “Assassinating Thomson”. I was hoping I would. Especially now with my Dad’s illness getting worse, and him not being able to paint.  

I did.

What did I love? … Continue reading ““Assassinating Thomson”… A Mystery in Canadian Art”

Fringe addicted! “Geek Life & Underneath The Lintel”

Putting these two Fringe plays in the same article seems odd. I know. But, if you’ve seen both you will understand.

I accidently saw Geek Life last week, and was pleasantly surprised at Aji (“Ahh gee”) Slater’s warm presence, and deceivably profound autobiographical story. Love, choosing an unorthodox career route, and embracing his geekiness.

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According to Slater, being a Geek just means you are obsessively passionate about something. He even asked if… Continue reading “Fringe addicted! “Geek Life & Underneath The Lintel””

Fringing last week… My High Heeled Life & La Cravate Bleue…

Heels and ties… hmm… two items we wear that identify a higher status position in life. Heels, literally, boost us up, giving us more confidence (to some) and ties present a symbol of professionalism, giving an air of trust (mostly).

La Cravate Bleue (the blue tie) is a French play written and performed by Jean-Francois Plante-Tan from Montreal. With his first time Fringe play, Plante-Tan explores the age old dilemma of choosing the risky arts over a secure day job. He does this through song, some dance, and lots of enthusiasm. Bien sur, the blue tie represents the corporate world where his frustration mounts, until he does something else. cravate1

Most of us, especially in the theatre world, can relate. Continue reading “Fringing last week… My High Heeled Life & La Cravate Bleue…”