The reviews are in and... they love us, they really love us!!
"Prodigals is tightly directed by Peter Boychuk...Pratt, as Jen, does a lot of the heavy lifting, and she does it well...The most interesting character, however, is Johnston’s Wes who has actually managed to break away and finds himself in the awkward position of having to give a character witness for Benny in court....Prodigals is an impressive and polished first play by Minogue"
--Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier
"Husain and Kilburn exploit the expansion of their characters to their fullest...Once again it was in the relationship with Jen (Tara Pratt) and Wes (Timothy Johnston) that I found myself so drawn...the tension and attraction between the two when they are on stage together is simply electrifying...For audiences that didn't have the opportunity to see last year's production, you owe it to yourself to see it now"
--Mark Robins, GayVancouver.net
"Sean Minogue's script is ripe with wit and with the heartache of missed opportunities...Under Peter Boychuk’s sensitive direction, Tara Pratt is flawless as Jen, an invisible conduit for the character’s yearning and fatigue. This is a very grown-up piece of work. Kirsten Kilburn plays Nina, Benny’s hard-bitten sister, with a combination of honesty and brass that makes her instantly recognizable. Brandyn Eddy’s Nips is wittily understated, Jameson Parker takes Greg’s manic energy for a giddy ride, and, playing Wesley, Timothy Johnston deftly negotiates the hoops the playwright makes him jump through...Prodigals is a notable accomplishment for this team of young artists"
--Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight
"Kilburn and Husain work well together and are credible as inimical mates even when they aren't on stage at the same time...Tara Pratt arguably has the most to do as the compassionate manager of Fratesi's bar and generally does it well...Dramaturge and director Peter Boychuk keeps things moving at a sensible pace...After this foray, Sean Minogue looks like a natural. I look forward to seeing what he comes up with for his second attempt"
--John Jane, ReviewVancouver.com
And then there is this one from Peter Birnie at the Vancouver Sun. I'll leave it to you to read the whole article; however, I would just like to take a moment to make an important observation. The review states:
"Tara Pratt stars as Jen, who runs a shabby tavern seemingly occupied only by her friends. Greg (Jameson Parker) is the resident drunk, Wesley (Timothy Johnston) and Nina (Kirsten Kilburn) are struggling young parents and Nips (Brandyn Eddy) is the nerd who has graduated to being Jen’s boyfriend. That’s until Eliot (Aslam Husain) returns to town."
This information is incorrect. Wesley and Nina are not the struggling young parents. That would be Eliot and Nina. And, Eliot isn't the one to return to town. That would be Wesley. Yes, a review is one person's opinion and they are entitled to that opinion; but, how do you trust that person's opinion when they can't even manage to get the facts right?!....
Thanks to everyone who came out to see the show last week!! Another week of shows begins this Tuesday with a 2-for-1 Talkback and then continues to run until Saturday, May 14th. Tickets are available through Tickets Tonight or at the door.
We look forward to seeing you at the show!!