I sometimes grumble that the critics in Vancouver are harder on playwrights than anywhere else in Canada. Hard to really know if this is true, or more accurately how could we possibly measure it?
I did find it interesting to read Colin Thomas’ review in today’s Georgia Straight. For the most part he loves it, but then:
‘There were things that bugged me, though, including Brendan Gall’s performance as Rudi. The guy is obviously gifted. He stutters and stammers and twists instantly from sorrow to flippancy. That’s great for a while, but it’s all he does, and it starts to feel like he can’t stop plucking the same four high-pitched notes on a violin
This problem is rooted in the script. All three of Moscovitch’s characters speak in essentially the same pattern: none of them can complete a sentence. Paul Dunn displays wonderfully droll comic timing as Hermann. There’s emotional depth there too. But Dunn’s delivery is so much like Gall’s that their scenes together feel mannered.”
I looked around a bit at other reviews, most are all out raves.
And so on. I can’t find any other reviewer who has this same issue with the script.
On a related note, Kelly Nestruck of the Globe and Mail has an interesting comparison of the Tarragon (this is the one that is touring) and ATP productions.