June 2022

Pass Over 
By Antoinette Nwandu 
Directed by Omari Newton 

Two young African-American men, Moses (Chris Francisque) and Kitch (Kwasi Thomas) hang out endlessly near a lamp post on the corner of a crime-ridden urban street. As they talk and debate whether they can ever "git off dis block" and escape their mindless existence, they hear gun fire and speculate who is the latest in a very long list, that the po-pos (police) have killed. As the hours pass, they dream of passing over – escaping the city block - and they divert themselves with listing their Top 10 things to have in their Promised Land. At first they talk of champagne and caviar but the reality of simple collard greens and pinto beans, and clean socks in a drawer takes over.

Marjorie Prime 
By Jordan Harrison 
Directed by Shelby Bushell 
Vancouver, BC. Wow. I thought I was coming to view a sci-fi play about an elderly widow interacting with an avatar of her deceased husband but what I experienced was a multi-layered exploration of myriad nuances of  human- relationships. Husband and wife, mother and daughter, lives lived together yet through the filters of time and constructed memories  remembered more as parallel than intertwined. 

Kinky Boots 
Vancouver, BC: What an exhilarating feeling to be back in a packed theatre house with an audience, lit up like a live wire by Raise You Up, the upbeat song that ends the show.