Little One stirs up Laughs, Chills and Conversation

Marisa Smith and Daniel Arnold, photography by Ryan Alexander McDonald

You can tell a lot about a play by the conversation in the lobby after the show.  Alley Theatre’s production of Hannah Moscovitch’s Little One (on till Sat, Feb 13) has folks asking questions; recapping its many twists and turns; and marveling at how this dark thriller had them laughing out loud.

After touring to New York and Montreal, Alley Theatre is back in Vancouver and runs for only two more days here at the Firehall.  You may have heard that they received critical acclaim while on tour, including a rave review in the New York Times.  But artistic producer, Marisa Smith is quick to point out that the play a very Canadian story.

At last night’s post show panel discussion, hosted by the Georgia Straight’s Janet Smith, there was a common theme among questions and comments.  Both audience and panelists (a foursome of clinical psychologists and social workers which included heavy hitters such as Carol Ross, Child Welfare Committee Chair of the BC Association of Social Workers) shared the sentiment that more needs to be done to help support adoptive and fostering families in Canada.  Perhaps, the most poignant moment came when a women in the audience shared her experience as a teacher working on Vancouver’s east side.  She lamented the barriers that her students face in seeking social supports.

Thursday night’s post show panel moderated by Janet Smith, featuring Naomi Kolinsky, Laura Dosanjh, Lara Wease and Carol Ross

It’s clear that this play packs a powerful punch (clocking in at under one hour) but we promise… it also entertains.  There are only a few chances left to see this “little” gem of a show.  We hope you will join us.

Here is what some local reviewers are saying about this week’s run of Little One:

“A polished and darkly suspenseful, beautifully realized exploration of familial love and trauma. …and is frequently laugh-out-loud funny!” – Vancouver Sun http://www.vancouversun.com/touch/story.html?id=11713478

“LITTLE ONE is one chilling ride — terrific performances. While there may be an underlying commentary … just like any good thriller/horror story, sometimes the ride is enough.” – Vancouver Presents http://vancouverpresents.com/theatre/review-little-one/

Little One

By Hannah Moscovitch

Directed by Amiel Gladstone Featuring Daniel Arnold and Marisa Smith

On till Feb 13th


Husband and wife team and stars of Little One at Vancouver’s Leo Awards.

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