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DETROIT by Lisa D’Amour, 2016

 

“Director Lois Anderson and a crackerjack cast deliver one of the best shows of the year, a hilarious and devastating X-ray of lives on the precipice.” (Jerry Wasserman, The Vancouver Sun)

“Detroit peels back suburban angst, and in this production, what it finds underneath is never less than riveting. Director Lois Anderson and her excellent cast find both absurd humour and an ominous undercurrent in the whiplash-inducing tonal shifts in D’Amour’s dialogue.” (Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight)

“A scorching, darkly funny look at the unravelling of the American middle class. The performances are superb.” (Jo Ledingham, The Vancouver Courier)

“Smart, hilarious and a stylistic puzzle. I’m grateful to Mitch and Murray Productions, which consistently mounts intelligent, adventuresome work.” (Colin Thomas)

“Edgy, timely, gritty stuff is always the grist for the Mitch and Murray theatre grill. A tight and timely production.” (Broken Leg Reviews)

 

RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN by Gina Gionfriddo, 2015

 

Rapture Blister Burn“Mitch and Murray Productions knocks it out of the park – again – with ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’. Blisteringly true and rapturously funny.” (Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier)

“‘The hottest show in town. Don’t miss it. The acting is exceptional across the board.” (Jerry Wasserman, Vancouver Plays)

“‘Groundbreaking…fully realized.” (Cecilia Lu, Vancity Buzz)

 
 

SPEED-THE-PLOW by David Mamet, 2014

 

Screen-Shot-2015-03-24-at-10.26.28-PM“An intellectual treat for the age of reality television. A feast for the ears and brain….provokes almost continuous laughter with intellectual weight.” (Vancouver Presents)

“More exhilarating than waterskiing. Crazy good acting. Go.” (Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight)

“Speed-the-Plow is a dynamite script with a dynamite director and cast. See it now.” (Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier)

 

 

BECKY SHAW by Gina Gionfriddo, 2013

 

20131001 M&M 11x17 Posters — Becky Shaw FOR PRINT“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)

“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)

“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)

“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)

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

 

 

LUNGS by Duncan MacMillan, 2013

 

20131001 M&M 11x17 Posters — Lungs FOR PRINTLungs 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). 

“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)

“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)

 

RACE by David Mamet, 2012

 

Race_SponsorsPoster_Equity“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)

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

“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)

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

“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)

“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)

 

FIFTY WORDS by Michael Weller, 2011

 

55188 Fiftyword playbill“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)

 

 

 

FAT PIG by Neil Labute, 2009

 

fatpig-poster“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)