These Three Things: A Theatrical Review

Aviary Photo_130507951562927524These Three Things

When: July 24th – July 27th, 2014

Where: The Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island

Vancouver B.C.

 

Acrobats, Umbrellas and Post It Notes: What do these three things have in common? Well the simple answer is, they are all part of a show called “These Three Things”; the more profound answer is they all divulge the age-old story of love and relationships. Three short pieces skillfully rolled together in one engaging hour, reminding us of the turbulent and euphoric delight of the relationship between a man and a woman, of marriage and with self.

Acrobats – written by Israel Horovitz, directed by Taryn Kleeband, and performed by Darsey Meredith and Parker Heuser. Acrobats is the story of a married couple in conflict, pushing the boundaries of trust. Through the power of gymnastics and clever one-liners, the audience is privileged to a private spat in a power struggle between Edna and her husband. They must rely on one another to execute difficult flips and somersaults while they bicker about the deterioration of their relationship. And yet, amidst the often humorous conflict, we are also amazed at the absolute trust they still maintain in their worst moment. We recoil at the friction, holding our breath while waiting for that catastrophic moment, and yet we instinctively know that no matter what the outcome, like a rubber band they will spring back to one another. Skillfully performed by Darsey and Parker, we are fearful of the inevitable end that does not come, and relieved at the resolution.

Wiser – the debut of this one man show written and performed by Joe Hinks and directed by Tracy-Lynn Chernaske of Standing Room Theatre, Wiser is one man’s moment in time, the decisions he does, and does not make, and the consequence of choice. Here we meet Wiser, not his real name, simply a non-de-plume he chooses to hide behind, for in this story we meet a man who is desperately trying to get to know himself. For Wiser when it rains, it pours; each choice he encounters he questions the validity of decision. We see a man afraid to step out from behind the shelter of his umbrella and get wet. We catch a glimpse of his true self in snatches of conversation that he inevitably smothers in a burst of bawdy humour. The question arises: can there be complete trust? In a partner? In yourself? And how do you drive away the fear of exposing your vulnerability? We are dragged along with him as he ponders the cycle of his life. Joe Hinks makes us take a close look at the choices we easily take for granted, and leaves us to wonder if we are truly the masters of our own decisions.

Post Its (Notes on Marriage) – written by Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman, performed and co-directed by Alexandra Wilson and Ray Boulay of The Page Theatre. Post Its is the poignant and touching story of a couple’s relationship over the years. We follow the often hilarious, sometimes tragic, always unpredictable moments of a couple in love through the words they left behind on Post It Notes. The Page Theatre’s Alexander Wilson and Ray Boulay bring tangible life to the story of a nameless, yet familiar couple grappling with the challenge of maintaining a long-term relationship. Through this touching rendition we are swept into the human connection through little squares of paper. Their words and actions invoke a riotous and heartrending examination of the struggles of marriage. Alexandra and Ray help us remember the first time we fell in love, the doubts, the victories, and the rewards of faithfulness. They make us laugh, they make us cry; they are chameleons between the past, the present and the future. We delight in watching them interact. It seems the perfect piece to be married with two people who found their passion and each other on the stage.

The Page Theatre’s production of Post It’s (Notes on a Marriage) has the distinct honour of performing in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August of 2014.

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