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  • Woodland - Who Is Woodland
    April 17, 2013 - 13:28

    Name typo in the following paragraph from the article. Please amend. "The repeated takes on relations between a single mother who drives a school bus (Woodland), her daughter who wants a confirmation dress (House), and the wizened uncle (Stapleton) could use some tailoring. So could the interminable scenes set in a bra store. Sometimes less is more."

    • Pam Frampton
      April 17, 2013 - 14:31

      That typo has been corrected. Thanks for pointing it out.

  • AudienceMember
    April 17, 2013 - 12:57

    I went to see this "play" last night. It was trash. Absolute trash. Resource Centre for The Arts is a misnomer. It is not a resource centre, nor is it artistic. It's schlock. Plain and simple. Amy and Berni are friends. And they brought their other friend in. How does this help the arts community? HOw does this fulfill the mandate of RCAT? Why is nobody standing up and screaming about this? It's embarrassing. How about telling a story that's current? How about moving us forward? The Tidy Package was opened years ago. Move on.

    • Dave S.
      April 17, 2013 - 15:08

      Lighten up b'ys. Sure it's only a play.

    • Neil Butler
      April 19, 2013 - 11:19

      Hi there "Audiencemember". I'm on the board for RCA. Before I respond, here's the theatre company's mandate: to provide opportunities through mentoring and production for the artistic growth of all Newfoundland and Labrador theatre artists; to offer a platform to facilitate emerging theatre artists’ work; and to produce theatre that cultivates, enriches and promotes the culture of Newfoundland and Labrador. How does this help the arts community? 20 people, mostly working artists were employed. We brought in an assistant to director Lois Brown in a mentorship role. And three women in their fifties stood on stage and told very personal stories that they have been crafting for 2 years about their lives and families. I don't understand why you ignore the numerous out of character & costume monologues & dialogues that start, end, and punctuate the show. HOw does this fulfill the mandate of RCAT? Well, we provided an opportunity through mentoring and producing for the growth of if not all, around 20 NL artists. (If you don't think those individuals grew, you'll have to take it up with them to be sure. But I actually spoke to some of the people working on the show about that. They didn't indicate that they took nothing away from working on the show.) Obviously you don't feel that the show cultivates, enriches or promotes the culture of Newfoundland and Labrador. It's three Newfoundland women with different backgrounds and experiences speaking quite frankly about working and living in Newfoundland today. And if the show were solely caricature and broad send-up, there would still be many people who would be pleased with how the show represents NL culture, as evidenced by the fact that Revue is still packing them in all over the island. But it's not just that. Again, not sure why you totally discount the number of pieces in the show that are quite obviously not going for laughs. Why is nobody standing up and screaming about this? I can't answer that. Maybe because you're alone in your opinion that the show is so bad people should stand up and scream? Why aren't you standing up and screaming about it? Putting the word play in quotes does not count. How about telling a story that's current? So, you're saying there are no elderly women living in poverty currently? That there are no women with body issues currently? That there are no underemployed single mothers balancing the responsibilities of raising a child and caring for an elderly family member at the same time currently? Oh wait, I just got it - it's the confirmation dress bit. You're right, no one gets confirmed anymore, totally inappropriate. How about moving us forward? As long as women make less thann men than average, as long as women are still more likely to be abused by men than vice versa, and as long as there are elderly people struggling with neglect, there is a reason to put stories like this on stage. You haul out Tidy Package as a disparaging reference - know how I know you never worked in the fishery? Anyways, you hated hated hated the show. Fine. But regardless of your opinion, it is emphatically a "play", and RCA is a resource center for the arts ( ask any one of the recipients of the thousands of dollars in development funding we provide if that cash was a resource for their art). Be sure to say hi next time you see me!

  • Bill
    April 15, 2013 - 09:15

    Yawn.... what a tired old act. Wasn't this boring old act beaten to death about 15 years ago? How about something a little fresher than dressing up like its 1940, sharpening up the Newfoundland accents, and talking about an age most people today cannot remember? For $35, it is much too over-priced. You can get great theatre in St. John's for much less.