Collecting 100 people to appear on stage for three shows and a preview over three days - as Theatre Replacement did with 100% Vancouver in co-opeartion with SFU Woodward's - seems a staggering task. That the cast more or less represented the demographics of the City of Vancouver today through word of mouth combined with a deliberate screening process is quite remarkable. To see the vision executed over the course of just 70 minutes in the new Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre at the SFU Woodward's building was quite exhilirating. Music provided throughout the show by three of the city’s top jazz musicians - Ron Samworth on guitar, Andre Lachance on bass, Evan Arntzen on clarinet, bongos and whatever - made for an even more entertaining evening. The show director is Amiel Gladstone, also directed the Melissa James Gibson show This now on at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre. 100% Vancouver is a great signature event for both the 2011 PUSH Festival and the City of Vanocuver’s 125th birthday celebrations.
With his writing, Ernest Hemingway wanted to create the sense that the lives of his characters continued on before and after the narratives he created; to achieve a sense of looking at a snapshot in the lives of real people rather than providing characters whose actions conformed to demands of plot or theme.
Smalltown: A Pickup Musical is an original musical by Amiel Gladstone and Lucas Myers, directed by Matthew Payne, and with musical direction and arrangements by Brad L'Cuyer.
Vancouver’s MachineFair make their Toronto debut with Biographies of the Dead and Dying, a story that’s as much about writing and creativity as it is about death and mortality.