November 22, 2008

Jakes's Gift Is... Tears

Jake's Gift is a wonderful one-hour, one-woman play that brings to life an imagined interaction over several days between a young French girl and a cantankerous Canadian WWII veteran at the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landing at Juno beach. Julia Mackey amazes with a minimalistic set and her flawless shifting between several characters, all of whom she makes believable. By the end of the play, there were few dry eyes in the audience...

The contrast between youth and age, cheerful innocence and weary worldliness was portrayed with subtle nuance, humor, and tenderness. A beautiful salute to a generation now nearly gone, and the hope embodied in the dreams of children.

Yumi and I had never been to a play at the Shadbolt Centre in Burnaby before, though we've been to many other events at the scenic venue overlooking Deer Lake. Jake's Gift was certainly an excellent introduction to live theater there.

Posted by Paul at November 22, 2008 10:32 PM