Tolkien: Review

Pictured: Erla Faye Forsyth and Simon Webb in Tolkien. Photo by Damon Calderwood. Sebastian Ochoa Mendoza Tolkien, written and directed by Ron Reed, is a new production staged by Vancouver’s Pacific Theatre, for which Reed works as the artistic director. I caught the opening night of the production, and was instantly intrigued by the alley stage

Once On This Island: Review

Pictured: Top Row (L-R): Ricardo Pequenino, Alexandra Quispe, Sari Rosofsky, YooRa Kang Bottom Row (L-R): Michael Gnansounou, Brianna Clark Jessica Kim How to describe this musical? I think it’s best to go with “Moana meets The Little Mermaid“. Once On This Island by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Falherty is told as a story or folktale

Mainstage Proposal Submission DEADLINE EXTENDED

Hello, Players! It’s time to think about the mainstage production for the next school year! Do you want to direct a mainstage production this fall AND choose which play? Look no further. Any aspiring director, experienced or inexperienced, can apply by filling out the UBC PC Mainstage Proposal Form and emailing it over to productions@ubcplayersclub.com

Bar Mitzvah Boy: Review

Jessica Kim “If God had known about Hawaiian pizza, there would have been a loophole in this whole kosher thing.” What does it mean to believe? Sometimes we put in so much significance in something that we don’t stop to think why. Bar Mitzvah Boy by Mark Leiren-Young, directed by Ian Farthing, attempts to answer

Stage Reading Opportunity: UBC English Department

Hey Players! The UBC English department is looking for actors for a stage reading of selected scenes from Crabdance, a play by Canadian playwright, Beverley Simons. Crabdance is a tragicomedy in which a lonely, middle-aged women plays elaborate, ritualistic games with three men whom she forces to play the roles of her son, her husband, and her lover. The

An Almost Holy Picture: Review

Jessica Kim  Grief finds us in many different ways and dealt with equally many different ways. It comes to us for those that are dead or those who are simply lost to us. We weep, we curse and we sometimes follow some meticulous, meaningless but meaningful procedures to forget, to remember and to honor. Pacific

Fun Home: Review

Jessica Kim Fun Home: A coming-of-age musical. As someone who has read the graphic memoir it is based on, this intrigues me. Why coming-of-age instead of “A family tragicomedy” subtitle from the original memoir? The Arts Club presents Fun Home, music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, based on the graphic novel by

Ruined: Review

Jessica Kim “She is ruined.” Every time the title of a play is mentioned, it’s significant. The audience’s ears perk up and the tension in the room suddenly rises. In Ruined by Lynn Nottage, a production by Dark Glass Theatre at the Pacific Theatre, this happens rather quickly, in the first 10 minutes or so.

Topdog/Underdog: Review

Jessica Kim “Lean in close and watch me now… watch me now, watch me real close…” It’s almost hypnotizing listening to the two brothers as they shuffle the cards- Who will come out on top? Topdog/Underdog, written by Suzan-Lori Parks is an Arts Club production directed by Dean Paul Gibson. Starring Micheal Blake and Luc