Neanderthal Fetival

Remember your mother telling you to finish your dinner because children were starving in Africa? As its central motif, ‘Nigeria’ contrasts the spiritual wealth of Africa with the obsession with monetary wealth, spiritual bankruptcy and ennui of life in West Vancouver. In spite of its dazzling verbal gymnastics, the play often feels clichéd. And then, in a refreshing u-turn, the playwright questions the authenticity of his own premise.

The performances are uniformly excellent. Quelemia Sparrow as Kris is superbly crisp and confident, while harboring a barely contained desperation. A high-powered, wheeler and dealer in the financial markets, Kris wears...