This Is Our Youth at Red Gate Revue Stage

photo: Ken Thorne

This Is Our Youth is the debut production by the fledgling Mid Twenties  Theatre Society as well as the directorial debut of its founder Beau Han Bridge.  Now playing at the Red Gate Revue Stage on Granville Island, This Is Our Youth is a play by American playwright and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan.  Since its stage debut in 1996, This Is Our Youth has been staged numerous times over the years, off and on Broadway, in the West End and around the world.

photo: Ken Thorne

While there is reference to the President, updated to President Trump, from its original Reagan era setting, the play doesn’t feel dated, in spite of it being written two decades ago.  Set wholly within Dennis Zeigler’s New York studio apartment, This Is Our Youth is a weekend in the lives of an early-twenties trio; Dennis, Warren Staub and Jessica Goldman.  The play mostly surround the awkward and dynamic friendship between Dennis and Warren, but Jessica Goldman, the object of Warren’s clumsy amourous advances, also stops in and out in each of the two acts.   At two hours, including short intermission, the oft-intense interaction between Dennis and Warren, Warren and Jessica plus the simple staging keeps the play move quickly.

photo: Ken Thorne

All three of the players were perfect in capturing the angst and intensity of the characters.  Zack Currie brilliantly portrays the frenetic energy and intensity of drug-dealer Dennis’ often verbal diarrhea of random thoughts on life and how he interacts with others.  Warren Staub is brought to life by Quinn Hinch in a turn that balances Warren’s sheltered innocence and desire to get out from under his parents and the burden of memory of his deceased sister. Mackenzie Cardwell provides Jessica, someone who always wants to have the last word, with the protective wall of her argumentative personality while maintaining the arrogance of youth.  This trio can more than hold their own against the impressive line up of respected actors who have previously played these roles like; Jake Gyllenhaal, Matt Damon, Michael Cera, Anna Pacquin to name a few.

Even though situations, styles and cultures may shift everyone should be able to relate to the themes in This Is Our Youth; finding your way from childhood to adulthood, balancing being your parent’s child and being your own person, and how to make your mark in the world.

If this debut is the way they’ll proceed, Mid Twenties Theatre Society has a bright future ahead of them.

This Is Our Youth continues at Red Gate Revue Stage on Granville Island; tonight July 17, 19, 21-23. Nightly at 7pm with 3pm matinees Saturday and Sunday. Visit mtstheatre.com for tickets.
*Audience Warning: the play includes graphic language and drug use including non-toxic smoke

Contest: Art For Life – Fine Art Auction

This Saturday bring some art into your life at the 18th Annual Art For Life Fine Art Auction. Vancouver’s top artists and galleries have donated over 100 pieces of art, valued over $200,000, which will be sold in live and silent auctions throughout the evening. These generous donations mean 100% off the art sales will benefit the Vancouver Friends For Life Society. While you are adding to or perhaps starting your art collection, enjoy some good company, nibbles and libations at the cocktail reception. To keep the crowd entertained this year’s “Auction In Three Acts” will include performances by Public Dreams, Drag Queens of Vancouver featuring Joan-E, Carlotta Gurl and more, with a finale by Juno award winner Bif Naked.

Vancouver Friends For Life Society offers programs and services for people confronting the challenges of living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illness. Supporting over 1500 people with free services Vancouver FFL relies on public donations and fundraisers like Art For Life for over 60% of it’s budget.

Art For Life 2011 takes place Saturday November 26, 2011 from 7pm until 11pm at the Rocky Mountaineer Station, 1755 Cottrell Street, Vancouver (Teamsters Loc 31 will not be picketing during the event).  Tickets are still available for $90each

For your chance to win a pair of tickets to Saturday’s Art For Life Fine Art Auction leave a comment on this post telling us how many years Art For Life auctions there has been or Tweet :
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Giveaway ends at 6pm Friday November 25, 2011

Congratulations to Blair Smith @AgentBlair for winning two tickets to Art For Life!