Overall, A Full House did what it intended to do: make viewers think about their views on terrorism by demonstrating that terrorism isn’t something that’s limited to anyone of a certain race or religion.
This past Friday was opening night for Gallery 7 Theatre’s run of The Giver, and true to their established reputation, it was a good performance.
UFV Theatre opened its season by performing Argonautika, an adaptation of the story of Jason and the Argonauts on their voyage to reclaim the Golden Fleece written by Mary Zimmerman and directed by Colleen Lanki. The intimate nature of the small, thrust-stage style theatre ensured that the performers were capable of delivering a performance that immersed the audience and captured their attention for the nearly three-hour-long performance.
They say pride comes before a fall, but maybe superheroes really are impervious to attack?
It was a sweltering summer night, but Alchemy Theatre and Vagabond Players’ co-production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was a refreshing experience.
Love’s Labour’s Lost is the story of a group of guys swearing off women for the sake of study, and how a tricky group of ladies toy with the silly men and their impossible oath. The men try to woo the women while keeping up appearances to each other that they totally won’t undermine their bro-code, and the women are, unbeknownst to the men, completely aware of this. There is also a sub-plot involving incompetent messengers and mixed-up love letters. It’s all very funny on paper, but it’s even funnier live thanks to the sharp delivery of the performers, quite a few of whom have performed in UFV Theatre productions.
Written by Sarah Tuft and directed by Carissa Boynton, 110 Stories, named after the number of floors of the World Trade Centre, is based on accounts from people who witnessed the September 11 attacks, including fire fighters, police officers, ironworkers, New York City-dwellers, homeless persons, and employees within the Centre. The show debuted in New York in September 2003 and has since become popular all over North America, performed by high schools and at near-annual readings in New York by the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, Katie Holmes, and Samuel L. Jackson. By using relatable language and a minimalist set design, 110 Stories is accessible to performers and audiences alike.
Partly by virtue of its size, and partly due to the spirit of the festival, anyone going to a show will likely find themselves included in conversations with actors, if not other directors, as they wait in line to see the work of their classmates — you’re either friends with some of them by the end of the festival, or you’re actively avoiding everything the festival was founded on: creative conversation.
UFV’s highly anticipated play Julius Caesar opened its doors Friday, March 6, to a large audience.