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Thursday, 22 March 2012

Spinning You Home

Opening tonight at the Havana Theatre is Spinning You Home, a Tightrope Production written and directed by Canada Peace Play Prize winner Sally Stubbs.

I love going to the Havana Theatre. The space always makes me feel like I'm being transported to somewhere off-off Broadway. With the sad news that our city will be losing the Vancouver Playhouse, it's so important now more than ever to go out there and support local theatre. With shows like Spinning You Home, that should not be hard to do.

Susan Coodin stars as Sarah young and old, an exuberant little girl trying to get her grandfather's attention and later, a spitfire teenager who drinks his rum and is desperate to maintain the friendship the two share over miles and waterways.

Glen Pinchin balances out the other half of this dynamic duo as the gentle and occasionally drunk grandfather whose stories of family history become the bond for these two in the present. He's bellowing and booming in one instant, then shaking and fragile in the next. Sarah cowers when he is stern, and aches to care for him when he shows his vulnerability.

With poetic pose, Stubbs' play is pure Canadiana. Based on her own family's history and involvement in the days of Canada's Gold Rush, we are whisked away to an era that should be remembered and celebrated as part of our country's identity and past. Spinning You Home is the perfect love letter to a time gone by, and moreso, emphasizes the importance of history and keeping it alive. Stubbs has done just that with this excellent addition to Canada's literary canon of memory.

Ambitious and noteworthy, Spinning You Home plays at the Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver) March 22-24 & 27-31. Tickets available through Tickets Tonight. Don't miss out!

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