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BECKYSHAWWEBSITEBECKY SHAW by Gina Gionfriddo, 2013

“It’s been a long time since I’ve seen an evening of theatre that’s so thoroughly well realized. Gina Gionfriddo’s densely verbal script is wickedly smart, funny, and provocative. And, for this Vancouver production, director David Mackay has cast the show exquisitely: all the players in the five-member company are working at the top of their games.” (Colin Thomas – The Georgia Straight) Read the Full Review

“Actors and people who like acting will find a lot here to enjoy and audiences who crave a raw visceral comedy drama will find it compelling.  Becky Shaw is a riveting, funny show about damaged nasty people. We were captured.” (David C.Jones – GayVancouver) Read the Full Review

“Gionfriddo’s script is insightful and sharply written, delving into thorny explorations of love, obligation, race, and class while still moving along at a good clip. The play is very well-acted by this cast of five.”  (Vantage Vancouver) Read the Full Review

“An example of fine theatre produced by a small independent company, with an interesting script, tight direction and first-class acting.” (Review from the House) Read the Full Review

“Taut, punchy, very funny dramatic storytelling and terrific performances make this a show not to be missed.” (Jerry Wasserman – Vancouver Plays)  Read the Full Review

 

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LUNGS by Duncan MacMillan, 2013

Lungs is smart and often very funny.  On a bare stage, with no set or props to fall back on, both actors are fearlessly, relentlessly present.  Under David Mackay’s direction, the acting is top-notch.” (Colin Thomas – The Georgia Straight).  Read the Full Review

“Lungs will hit a lot of childless, 30-something couples right where they’re at: to have a baby or not to have a baby. David Mackay takes this roller coaster of a play to the top of the first hill and then lets it rip. It’s a ride: sometimes funny, sometimes frustrating, and always human.” (Jo Ledingham) Read the Full Review

“A gripping, poignant portrayal of what it means to be uncertain about love and humanity in the information age. Kelly and Izsac connect to the audience seamlessly in between breathless conversations, pausing only to let the weight of their worries fuel their next tender exchange.” (Vancouver Vantage) Read the Full Review

 

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RACE by David Mamet, 2012

“The Production itself is flawless. Director David Mackay moves his actors nimbly through the caustic, breakneck dialogue.  Mamet is a tremendous writer…at times his brilliance is on full display.  See it.”  (The Georgia Straight) Read the Full Review

“This play achieves Mamet’s intent to provoke and disturb audiences and is rife with shocking yet witty content.”  (Review Vancouver) Read the Full Review

“Race is a rare play that stimulates both heart and mind.  This production more than realizes the potential of the script, crafting a tightly-paced performance that will set your pulse racing in the theatre and your mind returning to it in the days and weeks that follow.”  (Laura Murray PR Reviews) Read the Full Review

“Great direction and cast set it on fire.  Race is riveting theatre!” (David C.Jones, Charlebois Post)  Read the Full Review

“Strong performances by its four actors and tight direction by David Mackay make the most of a David Mamet script that moves along like a game of ping-pong in which there are no winners.” (Where.ca) Read the Full Review

“This production will have you leaping out of the starting blocks and sprinting all the way to the finish line. Directed by David Mackay, it’s all over in seventy minutes. It’s a potent, profanity-studded exposé of racism and misogyny so interlocked as to be inseparable.” (Jo Ledingham – Review from the House) Read the Full Review

 

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FIFTY WORDS by Michael Weller, 2011

“Craven is a softly sexy actor and his Adam is sympathetic….Taylor’s choice are witty.” (Colin Thomas – Georgia Straight)

“Adam’s no saint, but Craven makes his character likeable…Robek has the brightest smile going and personal warmth to make you want to cozy up to her …hip New York set by John R.Taylor.” (Jo Ledingham – Vancouver Courier)

 

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FAT PIG by Neil Labute, 2009

“Director Michael Scholar Jr. has done a great job at staging the play in a way that keeps the audience focused and engaged. The set is minimal and shifts direction, both physically and metaphorically.  Kathryn Kirkpatrick delivers a brave and stellar performance as Helene and Haegert pulls us in completely with his performance, giving us hope that he’ll come through in the end. Jennifer Mawhinney and Aaron Craven’s characters (Jeannie, Carter) provide the cringe. Their dialogue is rich with all we try to hide in ourselves. Fat Pig is a play that everyone should see.”  (Wendy Dallian – Vancouver Observer)

“Director Michael Scholar, Jr. has three fine actors plus one fine, incredibly brave actor… Handsome set by Naomi Sider and lighting by Itai Erdal. Brave performance by Kirkpatrick…”  (Jo Ledingham – Vancouver Courier)