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Nicole Alivojvodic Reviews A Brief History of Human Extinction On Now Until October 20th At The Cultch

16 Oct

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From Up in the Air Theatre comes this relevant and rousing tale of the two last surviving humans on planet earth. The year is 2178 and a fungal plague has rendered the surface of the planet uninhabitable, killing everyone and everything in its path. Created by award winning playwright Jordan Hall and Mind of a Snail Puppet Co., A Brief History of Human Extinction uniquely combines comedic theatre with the emerging cli-fi genre, exploring questions about human nature and our culpability in the destruction of our planet.

Trapped inside a scientific facility sealed off to the poisonous outside world, the last man, Adam, and woman, Ever, on earth prepare for the launch of “the Ark”, a ship that will carry human genetic legacy to a new home on a far away planet. Ever and Adam grapple with their impending doom and attempt to carry out the mission that they’ve been assigned while also struggling to suppress their selfish nature and instinct to hope for better things. In the play, the obvious biblical references are interestingly intertwined with the distinctly modern concept of the anthropocene. The play is seemingly suggesting that the destruction of civilization due to climate change is an act of divine retribution for the sins of humankind towards each other and our environment. The heavy, and frankly depressing, subject matter is mixed in with some comic relief and beautiful animation, making the play not only thought provoking, but entertaining!

For tickets to this unique and powerful production, on now until October 20th, visit The Cultch.

By Contributing Writer Nicole Alivojvodic

Review Of Kayak On Now At The Firehall Arts Centre Until January 17th

10 Jan

KayakFirehallArtsCentreA new riveting and thought provoking play Kayak produced by Alley Theatre opened at the Firehall Arts Centre on January 8th.  The play is written by Jordan Hall who is being hailed as one of Canada’s new emerging artists and recently awarded the Samuel French Award for playwriting for Kayak. After seeing the show, we can see why.  The play brings you three very different perspectives on socially relevant issues. First there is Annie Iverson a bleach blonde mother who loves her BMW and is played by Susan Hogan. Annie is on a mission to save her son Peter played by Sebastian Kroon from his radical environmentalist girlfriend, Julie Daniels, played by Marisa Smith.  The play weaves together a number of different themes including our personal values, ethical and environmental choices we make daily.  Do you drive to work each day in your SUV?  Julie would call it your own “personal environmental disaster” and would much prefer you take transit or cycle to reduce your carbon footprint. Whereas Annie is quite happy with her BMW and its kick ass GPS system thank you very much.  Peter lies somewhere in the middle trying to find his own footing in the world. He struggles with the traditional establishment values he was raised with and Julie’s ‘save the world’ minimalist views. Should he finish his business degree at Sauder Business School or work on his ethical existence as this may garner Julie’s love.

Annie tries valiantly to thwart her son’s relationship as she tries to impart her own values on her son thinking that what made her happy will make her son happy.  Peter, of course, carves out his own future much to his mother’s dismay. If you don’t know the story of Noah’s Ark, you certainly will after this performance. Water is one of the many themes as are natural disasters due to climate change.  Even Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth gets a nod in this performance.  Establishment vs. environmental, profit vs. sustainability, where do you see yourself as a global citizen? As Julie put so succinctly “meaning well accounts for shit!” Go see Kayak, it will make you think.  For us, a sign of a great performance. Kayak the play runs until January 17th at the Firehall Arts Centre.

KAYAK Opening Night January 8th At The Firehall Arts Centre

4 Jan

KayakFirehallArtsCentreFirehall Arts Centre and Alley Theatre bring you an environmental disaster at sea Kayak. Alley Theatre is an independent Vancouver theatre company who have built a reputation for socially relevant theatre productions.  Kayak is a witty and intelligent play about love and idealism and just may change the way you think about climate change.  The play is written by one of Canada’s emerging young playwrights, Jordan Hall, of Alley Theatre.  The play weaves together the perspectives of three very different characters, a bleach blonde BMW driving Annie who is on a mission to save her son, Peter, from his radical environmentalist girlfriend, Julie. Annie ends up throwing herself into a path of events larger than she could have imagined.  Kayak kicks off on January 7th with a preview show at 8:00 pm and a pay what you can matinee at 1:00 pm.  Opening night is January 8th at 8:00 pm with the show running until January 17th.  Tickets are available online from $16 – $32. What people are saying about Kayak: “Smart, funny, political: if this play were a guy, I’d date him.” – Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight  “Kayak really got me where I live. . . . This is a terrific, even terrifying, play that delivers some surprises.” – Vancouver Courier

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