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Miss Julie — Freedom Summer

Tomorrow night The Vancouver Playhouse’s latest performance “Miss Julie: Freedom Summer” opens and I am going to attend with my daughter. On these long dark days of winter when we all are stricken with cabin fever, why not step away from the TV/cooking dinner or whatever other mundane distraction you’ve been employing to forget about the cold and go and soak up some live theatre.

Interested? Here’s a little info about the play:

Max Reimer, Artistic Managing Director
A new version by Stephen Sachs, from the play by August Strindberg
Directed by Stephen Sachs
Starring Caroline Cave, Kevin Hanchard, and Raven Dauda
A co-production with The Canadian Stage Company

This play promises to be engaging from the second the curtain rises. “Critics Choice: The tension in the original – in which a young, upper-class woman and her servant sexually cross the class divide – is multiplied by adding the racial divide. Miss Julie is white, and the servant is her father’s black chauffeur. For American audiences, the play is much more harrowing than usual.” Los Angeles City-Beat

Support other creators. Go see a live performance. You won’t regret it.

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Frost/Nixon at the Playhouse Theatre in Vancouver

Looking for something to do between now and October 4th? Peter Morgan’s Frost Nixon, the Playhouse’s season opener is well-worth your while. I went on opening night. We had great seats in a full house, where all of the seats offer an excellent view of the stage.

Frost/Nixon takes place from August 1974 — April 1977, covering the time between President Richard Nixon’s resignation to just after the interviews he did with the flamboyant Limey TV personality, David Frost.

In the London version, (Donmar Warehouse, 2006), Frost was played by Michael Sheen and Nixon was played by Frank Langella. In the Canadian play, David Storch (Frost), and Len Cariou (Nixon) received a standing ovation for their brilliant and convincing performances of two men in a series of conversations that revealed the personalities of two of histories most intriguing and self-serving characters. The rest of the cast were equally engaging, in particular I loved Michael Healey as Bob Zelnick. and the intermission-free performance captivated the whole house. There were emotional moments that evoked laughter, sadness and sometimes just disbelieve at the arrogance of Nixon — “When the president does it, that means it’s not illegal.” Or: “I’m glad I’m not Brezhnev. Being the Russian leader in the Kremlin. You never know if someone’s tape recording
what you say.”

So, go and see this play — it’s a great way to spend a cool September/October evening.

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