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This There At The Cultch July 18-21, 2018

16 Jul

ThisHereWhat does it mean to live?  Big question right?  Everyone’s definition will be different. This There asks the big question in this production coming to The Cultch.  Follow Alison and Maddie who are at a crossroads in life.  Alison is a disenchanted actress and isn’t sure she wishes to continue in her chosen profession.  Maddie on the other hand is an entrepreneur who is the verge of selling her catering business she’s worked hard to build up over many years.  The couple take a trip to the West Coast for a quiet vacation and change of scenery and to visit Alison’s father. All with demanding careers in their own right, the trip brings things into focus for them all.  This There is on at The Cultch July 18-21.  Tickets are $30 with $20 tickets available for artist, low income and students.

Contributing Writer Tiva Quinn Checks Out rEvolver Festival On Until June 3rd

1 Jun

RevolverFestivalContributing writer, Tiva Quinn, checked out a few shows being featured as part of the rEvolver Festival. This festival featuring young contemporary artists is on now at The Cultch until June 3rd.  Get out and see for yourself what’s on. Visit The Cultch for tickets.

BUG 

Bug clearly shows that young Ojibwe artist Yolanda Bonnell is a performer and creator to watch. In this one-woman show about addictions, intergenerational trauma and the foster care system, Yolanda portrays a young woman growing up too fast and accepting abusive relationships into her life as a sign that she matters to someone. She also portrays the young woman’s mother, wrestling with her addictions and with questions about whether or not she deserved to have her child taken away by the government. And in a strange and powerful way, she also gives voice to the power of addiction and intergenerational trauma itself, manifesting as Manidoons – the Ojibwe word for bug or worm. The two human characters, mother and daughter, become stunningly real and complex in a short period of time – while the Manidoons are represented as a simple, genuinely creepy being who cares only about gaining more and more control over human lives.

PROBABILITY

Next I went to Probability, a show about two women who may or may not end up in love, and may or may not succeed in making a go of it if they do. Probability managed to be laugh out loud funny in  several places, while also digging into some pretty deep material about the things we want and the things we fear in intimate relationships. The improv game technique of having two actors represent the characters in the story while another two represent their inner monologues is used to excellent effect here – a lot of the ProbabilityPosterfunniest moments and also the most painful, heart-tugging moments come from the difference between what the characters say and what’s going on in their minds. It also means that we get to see the process in motion both when they try to protect themselves and when they try to reveal themselves. All four actresses do a terrific job here, and the set deserves honorable mention as well.

KITT & JANE

Last, I saw Kitt & Jane: An Interactive Survival Guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future which was also a mix of comedy and serious themes, but with a lot more emphasis on the comedy. Kitt and Jane depicts the antics of two 8th graders who take over their school assembly and decide to present about the coming eco-apocalypse instead of their assigned topic, the life cycle of the salmon. Like actual 8th graders, the actors are incredibly funny at several points along the way, but they also take their  obsessions a bit too far and wear on our nerves at times. The show’s creators cite Adventure Time, Big Mouth, and Gravity Falls as some of their influences and the show definitely is a lot like watching human cartoons. If you enjoy the humor in characters who never quite realize when they’ve gone too far, you might just love this show.

Photo Credit: Patricia Trinh

 

Nicole Alivojvodic Reviews 12 Minute Madness – rEvolver Festival

28 May

12MinuteMadnessChrisRandleThis year’s rEvolver Festival is focusing on women creators as all the mainstage shows have either been created or co-created by women. One of these shows, 12 Minute Madness, features an entirely female cast. Incredibly dark and candid, the show’s 12 performers give the audience a twisted look into the mind of a sexual abuse survivor. Earning a standing ovation on opening night, this tale is as raunchy as it is poignant – a piece that has necessarily been born out of the #MeToo movement.

The story follows a young woman, Marlena, as she recalls repressed memories of the sexual abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of her own grandfather. Instead of representing different players in this story in the outside world, each character in the production embodies a different part of Marlena’s psyche as she grapples with what has happened to her and questions the reliability of her own memories. There’s shame, there’s sadness, there’s anger and there’s reason (to name a few) and all contribute to complete madness inside Marlena’s head.

This production offers a glance into the mind and soul of a victim of sexual abuse and calls for audiences to realize the multi-faceted and contradictory thoughts and feelings that occur in the mind alone, before even reaching the world outside. rEvolver Festival continues at The Cultch until June 3rd.

By Contributing Writer: Nicole Alivojvodic

Photo Credit: Chris Randle

 

rEvolver Festival May 23 – June 3, 2018 At The Cultch

23 May

RevolverFestivalUpintheair Theatre presents the rEvolver Festival at The Cultch May 23 to June 3, 2018.  , rEolver showcases a wide range of high energy contemporary theatre by new and emerging artists over 12 days. The festival will feature script based theatre, stage readings along with some in depth discussions with artists.  There is a wide range of productions which all take place at The Cultch during the Festival.  Some run short, some longer. To see the full schedule, visit their website rEvolver Festival. While checking out the schedule, we encourage you to check out a free show happening over several days. It’s only 15 minutes long, but called The Somewhere Cedar. A teen, Antigone, fights to save the oldest known red Cedar in western BC.  This production has already won a couple of awards including the Vancouver Fringe Artistic Risk Award in 2015.

Panto Day At Hastings Racecourse Sunday, June 3rd

21 May

PantoAtTheRacesOne of our favourite shows at The Cultch is having a fun celebration on Sunday, June 3rd. The staff and the Board of Theatre Replacement and The Cultch invite you to celebrate five years of the East Van Panto. Hastings Racecourse we hear is generously providing their marquee tent right next to the track along with catering for 70 Panto fans.  On top of that, they will be donating $5,000 to the show.  Tickets to this family friendly event are a very reasonable $10 which includes lunch and refreshments.  There will of course be horses as well as a raffle and much fun, good cheer. Come make some new Panto friends. Note, there are only a limited amount of tickets available.  For tickets, visit The Cultch.

Victim Impact At The Cultch June 8-17, 2018

17 May

VictimImpactTheatre Conspiracy brings a unique documentary to the stage at The Cultch, Victim Impact. The production features the story of former notary public, Rashida Samji who drew her family, friends and community into a vast web of deceit in her Ponzi scheme. For those unfamiliar with a Ponzi scheme, it is a “a fraudulent investing scam promising high rates of return with little risk to investors. The Ponzi scheme generates returns for older investors.”   This documentary features some of the mysterious aspects of this case from 2003 to 2012.  The show looks at the fallout of those that got sucked into the vortex of civil and criminal trials.  Over 200 people lost large sums of money in this fraud involving $110 million.   Tickets are available online at The Cultch. Note there are concession tickets for $10 for seniors, students and the unemployed/underemployed. Victim Impact runs from June 8th to June 17th.

BC SPCA Hosts 10 Things Your Dog Wishes You Knew At The Cultch May 31st

15 May

DogWhoMeThe BC SPCA is hosting a hands on demonstration to find out what motivates your dog’s behavior on Thursday, May 31st at The Cultch. The demonstration will be led by Chirag Patel who is a renowned behavior and training consultant. He uses humane training methods with dogs and will show you how to address some common training issues. He will also provide some tips on grooming your dog as well as discussing matters relating to dogs that experience fear whether it’s new object or in new situations.   You’ll leave with knowledge of how to build a stronger bond with your canine best friend.  Cost of the event is $20 and tickets are available through the BC SPCA.  The event gets under way at 7:00 pm and goes till 9:30 pm.

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