Doubt: A Parable Review

Pictured: Tallulah Winkelman as Sister Aloysius. Photo by David Newham. A Guest Review by our Mainstage 2017 Director, Samuel Jing “What do you do when you are not sure…” are the memorable opening words to John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt – and exactly what ran through my mind as I walked into Vancouver’s historic Penthouse nightclub

Much Ado About Nothing: Review

Pictured: Matthew Rhodes and Sophia Paskalidis as Claudio and Hero. Photo by Javier Sotres. Jessica Kim It’s hard to go wrong with Shakespeare. The story and the script is guaranteed after the test of many decades, and tickets will sell. But while it’s hard to fail, it’s even harder to nail. How can you make

The Wolves: Review

Pictured: Jalen Saip and Paige Louter. Photo by Riun Garner. Jessica Kim I always don’t know who to relate to when it comes to teenage coming-of-age stories. None of the stereotypes fit me or my high school friends, and their issues seem unrealistic. Perhaps it’s the exaggeration of the American high school stereotypes or my strange

Krapp’s Last Tape: Review

Pictured: Linden Banks as Krapp. Photo provided by Seven Tyrants Theatre. “Perhaps my best years are gone. When there was a chance of happiness. But I wouldn’t want them back. Not with the fire in me now. No, I wouldn’t want them back.”  Jessica Kim Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett explores the different people

Les Belles-soeurs: Review

Pictured: France Perras as Germaine Lauzon. Photo by Tim Matheson. “My life is shit and it always will be… This stupid rotten life!”  Jessica Kim Germaine Lauzon (France Perras) wins one million- one million(!) Gold Star stamps that can be traded for anything on the catalogue. When she invites her sisters and neighbors for a

SELF-ish (Fringe): Review

Ivonne Zhao SELF-ish tells a simple story: it follows the internal monologue of one Korean-Canadian woman, Esther Jin (Diana Bang), as she copes with the loss of her father. From the onset, too, it seems rather unfussy – the entire 60-minute play is a one-woman show run by Diana Bang, performed with simple lighting, a

The Shape of Things (Fringe): Review

Danisa Rambing On Monday of this week, a Cultch-style showing of Neil Labute’s notorious play, The Shape of Things brought an audience of roughly 30 theatre freaks, fans, fanatics onto an emotional roller coaster. The show starred Julian Legere, Fairlith Harvey, Marissa Burton and Harrison MacDonald and was directed by Chelsey Stuyt. This complex love