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
Click "read more" for the full video transcript.
Hi Theatre Addicts, I'm Jenna at the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival. I'm here today reviewing Poly Queer Love Ballad by Anais West and Sara Vickruck at the revue stage. I'm really excited to see this play, because they're part of the 2018 Fringe New Play prize winners. They're the BC artists who were picked to produce a play throughout the year, and were given free rehearsal space, and were guaranteed a spot in this festival. I'm looking forward to seeing how that's turned out. I'm expecting it to be a love story with some music, and queer themes, and I don't know. I'm hoping to see a nice little romance bloom. I'll see you after the show.
Hey Theatre Addicts, I just finished watching Poly Queer Love Ballad at the 2018 Fringe Festival at the revue stage. I really liked it, it was a very sweet story I thought. I guess for content warnings, there is some coarse and sexual language, so if that isn't your thing then maybe you want to skip this. There isn't too much of that. I also would recommend if you're not too familiar with polyamorous or queer relationship terms, should pickup a flyer before you go into the show. They do have them on the table before you enter, which will list out the terms of those relationship terms that maybe useful for you going in.
This story is, it's a romance between two queer women, played by Anais West and Sara Vickruck. They do a really good job with it. They have really good chemistry together, and they've created a really beautiful story. The show is something that I believe queer people will definitely enjoy, since it is a really nice representation of what a certain romance in that community could look like. But, really anyone can enjoy it if you like romance and musicals, since it is a musical, this show. Yes, if you like romance musicals, this is the perfect show for you.
Like I mentioned, it was a musical, and so there was a lot of beautiful songs throughout the show, and they even had ... Well, they had this set up where there's guitars and other instruments, and they had this thing where they could record pieces of the music playing or them singing, and have it play over as they continue singing. A lot of the times that worked really well. It really added to the piece that they were playing at the time and added this cool extra element to the show.
There were a couple of times where that aspect of it, I felt, didn't really work. I think it was sometimes the sound that they recorded wasn't the best thing to be repeated over and over again, kind of annoying. But, most of the time it really enhanced the performance. Aside from that, there were a couple of technical issues, like the microphone wasn't working at the beginning. But, that sort of thing happens at the Fringe, where there's quick turnover between shows, because there was a show right before it. Nothing that took away from the show, I felt.
The show is a production or a representation of two women who are trying to navigate a polyamorous relationship. I really felt it was a genuine discussion of what that sort of relationship entails, or what that could entail, and the sort of problems and beauty that can arise from it. Then, how that would work, and it was really great how they showed the two characters navigating that. I thought it was a really sincere, authentic portrayal of it. It doesn't just have to be for a polyamorous relationship. You could use some of the stuff that they were talking about and apply that to any relationship.
It's because basically the keys where it was communication, discussing what you like, what you didn't like, what works for you and what doesn't. I think those are aspects that are important for every relationship. I think it really hit home that you need communication and you need to trust each other, and you need to be truthful with each other. Those aspects were portrayed really well in the show, and I really appreciate it. Just discussing what polyamory is and how that works nowadays.
One thing I do think it could have improved upon the discussion was discussion of bisexualism. One of the characters is bisexual, and they do touch a bit on it. But, I think they could have addressed, or specifically say it like how there was a bit of biphobia and they were like how biphobia works within the LGBTQ plus community. I think that was one thing that they could have addressed, or made a bit more clear. But, the focus was on the problems that could, or miscommunications that could arise within a polyamorous relationship.
In the end, this was a really sweet show, and had great songs, and there were some good laughs a well. The two actors did a really great job, so I think if you want to see a very well done, realistic, queer love story relationship on a stage, this is a great place to go. Once again, I'm Jenna, and I'm at the revue stage for the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival, and I was watching Poly Queer Love Ballad by Anais West and Sara Vickruck. If you've seen the show comment below and checkout our Theatre Addicts YouTube channel or our website, where we'll be hosting more interviews and reviews. I'll see you around, bye.
Overcome Stage Fright and find confidence in your unique voice.