Monday, February 26, 2018

an almost holy picture | responses

David Snider is getting rave reviews for his performance in AN ALMOST HOLY PICTURE!

"David Snider delivers a humble, heartfelt performance as Samuel. He skillfully inhabits the play’s emotions and humour." | Colin Thomas

"Samuel’s (David Snider) soothing and even calm voice as he tells his rather tragic story draws the audience in, all swaying together with every rhythm and repetition, almost like poetry... Accompany Samuel Gentle as he copes with grief, guilt and misguided love with the most powerful ritual of them all; reflection." | Jessica Kim, UBC Players Club

"Under the direction of Ron Reed, there is a reverence to Snider’s performance which mirrors that of the script itself." | Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents

Friday, February 23, 2018

an almost holy picture | photos

Here are some photos from AN ALMOST HOLY PICTURE - bonus points to anyone who can think of a good joke about posting pictures for the show about a picture that's not-quite-holy!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

two gargoyles | an almost holy picture | pacific theatre

I am sleepwalking again.
There is evidence of mischief everywhere.

Pictures fallen from the walls.
Shoes removed from closets and lined up on windowsills.
Nine tomatoes piled in the upper rack of the dishwasher.
A bloody left knee.

One morning
Washing up
I lean over the sink.
In the mirror
I see my face.
Somehow, in the night
I've shaved off my eyebrows.

The Bishop finds me
Outside the cathedral
High on a balcony
Perched, knees drawn up
Sitting between two gargoyles

The Bishop calls to me,
"Samuel. Samuel," he says,
"Would you like a blanket?"

At 49
I've returned to the practice of my youth.
I, Samuel Gentle,
By day, groundskeeper
For The Church of the Holy Comforter.
By night, somnambulist.


An Almost Holy Picture
by Heather McDonald
Feb 21 - Mar 3, Pacific Theatre

Sunday, February 18, 2018

'57 thunderbird | an almost holy picture | pacific theatre

While Ariel and Miriam sleep, I wander down to the gas station where Mr. Martinez and I sit in a gleaming white '57 Thunderbird he's been restoring, and we drink coffee and smoke.

There is another realm, that which is beyond, and we long to be at home in that realm. Occasionally, that realm breaks through. One of the places I have felt that realm has been in Mr. Martinez' '57 Thunderbird.

One winter I'd had to return to the Cape in January. There had been a terrible storm and I'd come to repair the roof on my summer house. Mr. Martinez had bought the gas station and moved to Truro with his seven year old son in late September, so we hadn't yet met. The first time I saw him, there was a light snow falling. He stood behind the station, eyes closed, and now and then he ran his hand over his smooth brown head that shone in the moonlight. He must've been standing there awhile because the snow had drifted up around his boots. He looked to be floating. I coughed and asked if I could borrow a hammer. He said he had three and that I could choose. Then he ran his hand over his smooth head again and said, "The most delightful advantage of being bald -- one can hear snowflakes."

An Almost Holy Picture
by Heather McDonald
Feb 21 - Mar 3, Pacific Theatre

Friday, February 16, 2018

ruined | closing early

NOTICE: The remaining performances of RUINED have been cancelled due to a medical situation that has arisen. For more information, please read the statement below by Executive Director Alison Chisholm:

It is with much regret that we have had to close the run of RUINED early. A medical situation came up within the cast, and while the cast member in question is not in any life threatening situation, it is important that they be offered the time and space to get well. For this reason, a decision between cast, crew, Dark Glass Theatre and Pacific Theatre to close RUINED early would be best for this delicate and intricate production.

I want to express my deepest gratitude to our cast and crew for their dedication and passion in presenting Lynn Nottage’s beautiful and challenging work. The time and talent invested in this production has been humbling and inspirational. I applaud Dark Glass Theatre for their courage in producing this production and allowing Vancouver audiences the opportunity to experience this script.

I also want to thank the patrons, donors, sponsors, volunteers, and general supporters of Pacific Theatre for your love and compassion as we have navigated changes to our performance schedule. Your commitment and grace is motivating and I cannot express my appreciation enough.

Anyone who had any tickets reserved to this closing weekend is being issued a full refund and offered complimentary tickets to any future production at Pacific Theatre. We at Pacific Theatre do our very best to come to all our decisions with great thoughtfulness, care, and compassion. We thank you all for your understanding and grace as we close this show with heavy and loving hearts.

- Alison Chisholm
Executive Director | Pacific Theatre

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

ruined | more show photos

Here's a final batch of photos from RUINED! This powerful story comes to and end on Feb 17th - hope you can make it out.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

ruined | show photos

More shots from RUINED, still playing until Feb. 17th. All photos by Jalen Laine Photography.


Tuesday, February 06, 2018

ruined | responses

A TOP PICK in Colin Thomas' newsletter: "Of the shows I’ve already seen, Ruined is the one to catch. It’s about the violence perpetrated against women in the ongoing Congolese conflict. That content is harrowing. But honesty and urgency turn the script into an elevating experience. Many of the cast members in this Dark Glass Theatre production contribute exquisite work."

"The women and their tales grab us first in our throats but ultimately in our hearts. Because as poet songstress Buffy Ste. Marie put it, "God is alive / Magic is afoot" whenever souls reach across the abyss to touch one another... this is almost must-viewing to put the subjugation, victimization and violence-against-women incidents of recent history in a particularly raw, non-Western way despite the script's American authorship. Quite astonishing its effect." | Baird Blackstone, Broken Leg Reviews

"This is without a shadow of a doubt the most important piece of theatre I have witnessed in recent years... You will leave this experience a little more enlightened, a little more educated, reeling from the talent and possibly wishing that you had been left in the dark." | Liz Gloucester, Two Cents and Two Pence

"From her first, halting entrance, Makambe K. Simamba ripped my heart out as Sophie. It doesn’t feel like she’s acting... Shayna Jones, who plays Salima, is every bit as credible. Salima has a long speech in which she relives her abduction and the loss of her baby, Beatrice. Without ever resorting to melodrama or sentimentality, Jones makes it real. It’s clear that the actors in this production by Dark Glass Theatre know that they’re working on something important, something that’s bigger than they are. Those are the only circumstances in which you get performances that are this deep and humble." | Colin Thomas

"I want to reiterate how good the acting is across the board, but particularly by Mutombo, Jones and Simamba as the three damaged women who represent all the innocent female victims Nottage is honouring here. Nice work, too, by onstage musicians Mikaela Fuqua and Jacky Yenga... Ruined is an important story well-told by this brave company and well worth seeing." | Jerry Wasserman, Vancouver Plays

"GO SEE IT!!! I thought it would be much harder to take but it was're lulled into the rhythms of the place...of people coming and going and then suddenly you jump out of your skin when some sensational thing happens… I am seriously contemplating a filled up my soul." | Joy Rudder, Audience Email

"This is a challenging play for the commanding role of Mama Nadi (played unforgettably by Mariam Barry)... The set design by Carolyn Rapanos is a simple rustic bar with cheap tables and aluminum siding. The space feels vulnerable, open and unprotected, which reflects the danger that is constantly threatening Mama Nadi and her girls. The live music performed at Mama’s establishment is lovely, honest and pure, sung shyly at first by new girl Sophie (played by a formidable Makambe K Simamba)." | Erin Jane, Review Vancouver

"Overall this production of Ruined was an extremely brave." | Jessica Kim, UBC Players Club

Monday, February 05, 2018

ruined | opening night reception

We had a fantastic opening this weekend for RUINED! Here are some shots from the opening night reception - including a glimpse back stage!

Saturday, February 03, 2018

to feb 10 | doubt | gallery 7

Remember DOUBT at Pacific Theatre, a few years back?  Erla Faye Forsyth, Giovanni Mocibob, Kaitlin Williams, Lesley Lewis Sword?  Our sister theatre in the valley is running the show until February 10.  Here's a link.

feb 7 | wings of desire | rio

Soul Food classic WINGS OF DESIRE (1987, Germany, Wim Wenders) screens this Wednesday, 6:30, at Vancouver's vintage theatre, the Rio.  Here's a link to Wim Wenders in Image Journal, answering the question "Why Believe In God?"

Friday, February 02, 2018

ruined | show photos

Here is the first round of photos from RUINED, opening tonight! All photos by Jalen Saip, featuring the set design of Carolyn Rapanos, costume design of Megan Gilron, and lighting design of Jillian White.