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Review From The Seat

Read my reviews of plays, musicals, dance shows and performance-related events, seen through the eyes of a regular, arts-loving bum-in-the-seat - of the playhouse or auditorium. Agree or disagree but add your thoughts as comments.

Evan Frayne, Joey Lespérance. Photo by Tim Matheson
The Hunger Room by Scott Button
Directed by Stephen Heatley
A Staircase Theatre Production at PAL Studio Theatre
May 25 to June 10
 
Vancouver, BC: I read a lot and my literary addiction is to thrillers so I anticipated with spine-tingling enthusiasm, the staging of The Hunger Room, a new play by local playwright and actor, Scott Button. This turned out to be an excellent event to end my 6 month hiatus from theatre reviewing and recharge my enthusiasm for seeing works by the many small independent theatre companies that have sprung up in the Vancouver scene. ...
Megan Holland MacDonald
Living in My Skin
Written and performed by the Laboratory Theatre Troupe
Directed by Darcey Johnson, Dramaturged by Yumi Johnson
Presented at the Arts Umbrella Expressions Theatre Festival
Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island
May 18, 2017.  7 PM
 
Vancouver, BC: The  Laboratory Theatre Group is one of the year-long, pre-professional theatre training programs of Vancouver’s Arts Umbrella. For students aged 13 to 19 the mandate of this program is, over the course of a year, "to create, produce and perform an original theatre piece to tour to Metro Vancouver schools.” The presentation at the Expressions Festival is the culmination of the...
Noblemotion: Storm Front. Photo by Lynn Lane

Best of Festival, The Dance Gallery Festival.

On multiple media lists for performance invitations from around North America, it is rare that I find myself in a city on the same night for which I have an invitation. Despite my lifelong love of different forms of dance, both doing and watching, reviewing contemporary dance is way outside my comfort zone.

So when I realized that my one free night in New York this trip coincided with the Dance Gallery Festival's Best of Festival gala night at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, I decided that this opportunity to see contemporary...

Brett Wiilis, Julia Grace, Meghan Hemingway. Photo by Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

12 Angry Jurors
Based on Twelve Angry Men -TV film and play by Reginald Rose
and adapted by Sherman L Sergel
Directed by Sean Anthony

Vancouver, BC: Twelve Angry Men was first conceived by Reginald Rose in 1954 as a play for television, later adapted for the stage, and then in 1957 made into a film, ranked by the American Film Institute in 2008 as the second best courtroom drama ever made (The number one selection was To Kill a Mocking Bird!). It has been adapted and staged in different formats countless times since - as Twelve...

Elizabeth Kirkland,Frank Zotter, Sharon Crandall, Art Kitching. Photo by Alex Bischoff

The Concierge of Vancouver
by Shaul Ezer
directed and dramaturged by Ian Farthing
Matchmaker Productions
Studio 1398, Granville Island
Oct 7 to16th, 2016

Vancouver, BC: "Does the end justify the means" is a question that has been debated in many different situations but when the context is the crazy Vancouver condominium market it gives this question an intriguing twist.

Al (Art Kitching) is the long time  concierge who looks after a high rise tower in Coal Harbour, where most of the apartments, owned by investors, stand empty for much of the time. As one of...

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