Wunderdog Theatre’s production of Dear Elizabeth is a touching portrayal of the 30-year pen-pal friendship between two poets – Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. The script consists entirely of quotes from the letters exchanged between them. The rare moments when the two do meet in real life are very short and staged in silence. It made me wonder what was left unsaid in their relationship, in real life and in the curated selection of letters presented in the play. What was crystal clear though, was the admiration, support, and love these two had for one another. Alexis Kellum-Creer’s performance as Elizabeth and Anthony Santiago’s as Robert achieved a level of emotional eloquence and complexity that really brought these letters to life.
PS – Sonja’s musings in light of seeing this play:
~ reviewed by Sonja Cvoric
Poly Queer Love Ballad created by Anaïs West and Sara Vickruck performed at Revue Stage is a beautiful, sweet show about two women trying to navigate a polyamorous relationship. As a musical, the music and songs intermixed throughout enhance the performance to create a special story that really hit home for me.
West and Vickruck have great chemistry together and you’ll feel for both of their characters as their relationship progresses. Through songs, poetry, monologues and costume changes they artfully build a queer romance that has its ups and downs. They handle the topic in a beautiful, sincere manner and highlight the importance of communicating your personal needs as well as listening to your partner’s needs and wants when building a relationship. I think anyone can appreciate the story West and Vickruck are telling, and I feel like queer women will find it especially resonating.
Poly Queer Love Ballad is playing at the Revue Stage on Granville Island 6 - 16 September as part of the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival.
~ reviewed by Jenna Masuhara
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