Dark Road: Review

Pictured: Rebecca Walters and Paul Herbert. Photo by Derek Fu Jessica Kim Dark, gritty British police drama. That’s what I got when I looked up the play beforehand. For me, this felt like something new and old at the same time. I was more used to detective dramas and novels, but it should be similar

The Beauty Queen of Leenane: Review

Pictured: Kirsten Slenning and Tanja Dixon-Warren. Photo by Derek Fu. Jessica Kim It might be a little embarrassing for me to call myself a McDonagh fan after just one play and two movies, but I was still happy to add another to that list. I was especially excited because The Beauty Queen of Leenane is part

Kill All Politicians: Preview

Jessica Kim “Vagrant Players Theatre Society presents a one act comedy about the politics of friendship. Washington DC twenty-somethings Stu and Ben are bored, stoned, and spending another night inexpertly dissecting senatorial vote-trading when a parking ticket sends Stu over the edge. As he plots to rid America of political misbehaviour once and for all,

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

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

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