In a bare room in the RCMP offices somewhere in BC, Jimmy Miyoshi is interrogated, or is he manipulated, and are the police playing a game or being straight with him? Finally you can make up your own mind while learning a few new facts about the case. More than anything though, this is your chance to form more of an opinion of the Mr. Big undercover tactics that Canadian police still use when investigating crime.
This production was exactly what I expected. At times funny, at time shocking and very informative of the justice system we live in. If our justice system interests you, then this will both entertain and leave you with more ammunition to love or hate it.
Is Mr. Big unethical? You make up your own mind.
Miyoshi: An RCMP Interrogation is playing at the Havana Theatre 6 - 16 September as part of the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival.
~ reviewed by Melody Owen
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Hey theatre addicts, this is Melody. I'm just about to go see Miyoshi at the Havana. It is produced by Innocence International. It is verbatim theatre of the Jimmy Miyoshi interrogation by the RCMP while the American police were investigating the murders of the Rafay family. They were investigating Sebastian Burns and Atif Rafay for the murders, and they had done a Mr. Big operation, and after the Mr. Big operation was over they brought in the three young men, and they interrogated them. They arrested Rafay and Burns, and this play is a redacted version of the RCMP interrogation of Jimmy Miyoshi. It's a very well known case locally so it's a really excellent real life verbatim theatre to do in Vancouver Fringe. I'm looking forward to it, and I'll see you afterwards, and I'll tell you a little bit more about it then.
I just finished watching Miyoshi. Intense, and emotional, wow. So it was a verbatim interrogation of Jimmy Miyoshi. Interrogated by the RCMP for the American police. As they were investigating Rafay and Burns for the murder of Rafay's family. The set was really simple, looked like a cheap police interrogation room, a couple of tables, some coffee, and some water. The actors were great. It was interesting because it was a verbatim. Sometimes when people are speaking they aren't fluid and clear, and that happened during the play sometimes as well. They stumbled through their ideas so that was really interesting. They took those pieces, and they left those in even though they're redacted. Even though they're redacted they left in some of those natural speech patterns, which was really interesting. If you're interested in the Canadian Justice System, if you're interested in what a Mr. Big sting is, and the ethics of that, if you're interested in the case, the Rafay and Burns case, I just learned that Rafay has one more appeal left in the United States.
If you're interested in any of that this is the show for you. It touches on social justice, it is emotional, it is intense, but I think it's worth seeing if that's your thing. I really enjoyed it. I think it's worth seeing. So this is Melody, and I just reviewed Miyoshi. It's playing at the Havana for 2018 Fringe. And to see more reviews and videos like this, sign up to the theatre addicts You Tube channel. And I'll see you sometime because there's always another show to review. See you later. Bye.
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