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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Hunter Gatherers

The last time I saw a show from local theatre company Staircase Theatre, it involved a dinner party and a woman named Pam. (See: Cocktails at Pam's) In the company's latest outing, we get director Ryan Gladstone (who was brilliant a few months back in his own show at the Fringe) bringing to life yet another dinner party involving yet another woman named Pam, in the play Hunter Gatherers.

Maryanne Renzetti and Pippa Mackie

Uproariously hilarious, the show had the entire audience in stitches with its quick witted one-liners and absurdist and at times over-the-top scenarios.  You know the evening is going to be a good hot mess when the first scene involves the slaughter of a lamb in hosts Pam and Richard's living room. When their friends Wendy and Tom arrive, things only get more out of control with impromptu wrestling matches, sordid love affairs, reiki, and a good sized serving of murder.

Peter Carlone and Jay Clift

If you're headed to the Havana on Commercial Drive for dinner, don't be surprised to hear rounds of laughter emanating from the back theatre, which is where Hunter Gatherers is playing. Don't miss out on the Canadian premiere of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's play, which embraces the ridiculous with an even undercoat of darkness. It's been awhile since I've had this much fun at the theatre, and leave it to Staircase Theatre for being the ones to make that happen again!

The show runs until November 15th at the Havana Theatre. Buy your tickets online!

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