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Chloe Ziner and Jessica Gabriel of Vancouver’s Mind of a Snail company have again constructed, composed, mimed, sang, and wiggled into our hearts with their unique version of how the unicorn lost its horn through a virus from a little critter whose environment has been destroyed by the unicorn’s corporate construction.  

Behind the white backdrop the magical unicorn shadow puppet appears at home in his or her high rise having coffee and ‘surreal’ before going off to bid on a contract. We won’t tell you all the fable’s treats, so go and experience the visual genius of...

What do astronaut John Glenn, president Bill Clinton, and sea monkeys have in common? Before this play I had absolutely no idea. But then again, history isn’t one of my strengths. For that matter, politics, the news, and random fun facts aren’t either. Those of you for whom they are (or if, unlike me, you were born before the 1990s), you might already know that both American heroes were pretty big media sensations in 1998—Clinton for his infamous scandal with Monica Lewinsky, his friend Glenn for returning to space at 77 years of age. If you’re...

In honour of the visual polyphony attempted by the creative team of Helen Lawrence, two intrepid PLANK reviewers attended the world premiere showing and recorded their discussion post-show in a fairly synchonous fashion. Allyson McGrane and Danielle Benzon weigh in as they hang in a pub drinking Grolsch.

 


Allyson: Why not film it?


Danielle: That's the question! I did like the dual images when they were different, like zooming in and out at out the same time - with the choking sequence. 


Allyson: It's like going to a live concert [Danielle: Or a...

Gerard Plunkett and Nicholas Lea (Photo by David Cooper)

To begin my review for this play I decided to go on to Free Theatre Radical’s website and take a look at what others had to said. There are some amazing reviews on there, about their last play. Sadly I think Utopia fell short of the acclaims for Free/Fall from 2010.

Utopia is a four-person play that explores rich and diverse topics such as environmentalism, teen pregnancy, love, health, family ties, single motherhood, science fiction, resource raping, trust, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. See where I am going with this? I felt like the playwright Len Falkenstein tried to pack in too...

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