The play’s collaborators found inspiration within the walls of Vancouver’s Stanley Theatre, a space that has a dual history as a cinema and vaudeville house. Fittingly, this gritty film-noir production became an exploration of the two kinds of art and how they affect the audience. Tear the Curtain! explores global issues that consider what we want from art: to be shocked and surprised or for order to be restored.
Cast of 2 women and 8 men.
Jonathon Young is a writer, designer, and co-founding artistic director of Electric Company Theatre, as well as an award-winning actor. Previous plays include Brilliant! The Blinding Enlightenment of Nikola Tesla, The Score, and Palace Grand.
“Tear the Curtain! layers illusion upon illusion, moving seamlessly between live and cinematic action.”
– Georgia Straight
“A brilliant fusion of two enduring art forms.”
– Globe and Mail
“Young, Collier, and Kerr have created the kind of dazzling hybrid that has made the Electric Company a necessity of theatrical life on the West Coast – part stage play, part period film, part Hitchcock, part Artaud, and a whole lot of Robert Lepage.”
– Jerry Wasserman
“A fascinating puzzle of a production.”
– NOW Magazine
“Prophetic … stunning.”
– National Post
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