Wednesday, October 14, 2009

October 21-31: nggrfg redux!

I was lucky enough to catch NGGRFG, directed by Denis Simpson at the Fringe Festival this fall. It's a beautiful and touching story, and it's being remounted at the Firehall! So if you haven't yet, this week you can watch Denis himself on the Pacific Theatre stage in THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, and then next week see the one-man show he directed at the Firehall. Here's the press release he sent us:

Small Brown Package Productions
& Guys In Disguise
In association with Origins Theatre Projects
proudly present:


Written and performed by Berend McKenzie
Directed by Denis Simpson

He’s Black!

Don’t miss this chance to see Berend McKenzie’s hit fringe play nggrfg held-over at the Firehall Arts Centre, October 22-31.

Directed by Canadian theatre legend Denis Simpson,
nggrfg is a riotous and poignant one-man tour-de-force about being black and gay in a world that doesn’t always have room for either. Inspired by words that are used to oppress, nggrfg explores the impact of those two words in intimate and humorous ways.

nggrfg is just finishing a hugely successful Edmonton and Vancouver run, and the audiences want more! Critically acclaimed as a must see show, we invite you to attend our hold-over run here in Vancouver.

***** 5 STARS- Vue Weekly
***** 5 STARS- CJSR Radio

“Playful and touching. McKenzie is an ebullient performer, (It) left this crusty old critic in tears, nggrfg is for anyone who’s ever felt like an outsider.” Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight

“McKenzie turns ugliness into a thing of heart-wrenching beauty. This show comes straight from his heart and it will warm the cockles of yours.” Jo Ledingham, The Vancouver Courier

“McKenzie bares his soul, digging so deeply that he uncovers a sparkling autobiographical gem. McKenzie's absolute commitment to his material and ample gifts as an actor creates so palpable a presence that this show leaves you feeling exhilarated.” Peter Bernie, The Vancouver Sun

Opening October 21, 22, 23 9:00
October 24 4:00 & 9:00
October 25 4:00
October 28, 29, 30 9:00
October 31 4:00 & 9:00
All 4pm matinees are pay-what-you-can.
Regular Tickets $14.00
The Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova St. Vancouver, BC
Ticket Information: (604)689-0926

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