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Alexandra Wood's The Human Ear, directed by Jessica Aquila Cymerman and performed by Paige Louter and Éanna O'Dowd of Untold Wants Theatre, is the kind of show that makes me just want to list adjectives instead of make coherent sentences.
Sparse. Intense. Dark. Thought provoking. Confusing. Heavy. Quirky. Intriguing. Heartfelt. Challenging. Rewarding. Compelling. . .
The play starts off at merely intense and builds consistently from there, pounding at your need to understand until you surrender. Nothing is as it seems and nothing is spelled out for you. You are left to interpret events on your own. As an audience we often know less than the characters do, creating a suspenseful puzzle that I'm still not sure I've worked through to my satisfaction.
This piece is not for you if you go to the theatre for light hearted entertainment, but if you're up to the challenge of unravelling a complex, heartfelt and intriguing drama, then I think you will find it most rewarding.
The Human Ear is playing at Pacific Theatre until 25 July.
Don't miss out.
~reviewed by Danielle Benzon
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It didn’t occur to me that stage, film, and performance combat was such a thing in Vancouver but it is and members of this company are ardent in their passion for the craft of stage and film fighting. For those wishing to indulge, they offer workshops.
The play was written by a Halifax playwright, Karen Bassett, who is dedicated to the discipline of stage fighting. An inability to find good roles for women in this genre led her to write Heroine which has been enthusiastically received and performed across the country.
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