Oh the Humanity! & Other Good Intentions
By Will Eno
Firehall Arts Centre
280 E Cordova
Friday, Sept 11, 8:30pm
Saturday, Sept 12, 12pm (half-price show!)
Sunday, Sept 13, 6pm
Monday, Sept 14, 5pm
Tuesday, Sept 15, 10:30pm
Wednesday, Sept 16, 9pm
Vancouver Fringe: Staircase Theatre presents the remount of their wildly successful 2010 hit, Oh The Humanity! & Other Good Intentions by Will Eno, directed by Brian Cochrane, featuring Maryanne Renzetti, Brad Duffy and Tom Pickett, Stage Managed by Lois Dawson with Lighting and Sound Design by Stephen Bulat. A masterfully witty script, Oh The Humanity! & Other Good Intentions examines the nature of human misery through a filter of jet black comedy. It is sure to hit you where it hurts - right in the humanity.
From multiple-award winning playwright Will Eno, comes Oh The Humanity! & Other Good Intentions, a series of 5 short plays about people trying to cope with the basic trial of being human among other humans. Two actors craft four characters each, including a coach who calls a press conference to explain why his team has lost every game in the season, a video dating service promoting two people that have nothing better to recommend themselves than the fact that they are not visibly bleeding, a pair of photographers attempting to re-shoot a graphic war time photo without the original source material, a couple attempting to attend a funeral, or possibly a christening, no, a funeral, with poor results, an airline representative explaining to the families of crash victims what happened to the best of her abilities – despite the fact she lucked, or rather unlucked, her way into the job.
“Mr. Eno’s unmistakable voice — aggressively stylized, unendingly compassionate, flecked with weird, bleak humor — rings out with arresting originality in this hour-long evening of playfully profound theater.”
-Charles Isherwood, New York Times
“These plays will make you laugh, make you feel, and remind you that 'we should learn to look at each other harder.' A gem.” -Kathleen Oliver, Georgia Straight