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Reviews — 18 Open

David Jenkins

May. 22, 2014

3:22 PM

Read Song of Solomon, and then go see this play! You will find the story drawing you in deeper and deeper into the things of life, which we often push aside. The theological undertones woven into the encounters of these women will awake your soul and arouse passions for God – passions which you might not have ever experienced before.

Damon Calderwood

May. 22, 2014

6:57 PM

I really enjoyed Espresso! It was moving, funny, poignant, and spiritually uplifting! Congrats to all involved…

Damon Calderwood

Ellie O'Day

May. 26, 2014

12:50 PM

I saw Espresso in its first incarnation, and it never left me. When I saw you were remounting it in this season I went with my young Italian friend. This play is poetry, and possibly the best indie play I’ve ever seen. It is about such real people, yet Lucia brings out their other-ness; how they are so Italian, and yet so recognizable to us all. It is intimate and universal. I want to know them all, and yet understand why Rosa distanced herself from them until this tragedy. Bravo again and again!

Pauline Tonkin

May. 26, 2014

12:51 PM

What a great show; the venue was intimate, the performance engaging and the writing brilliant! We really our enjoyed the whole experience. Thank you.

Dave Stevens

May. 26, 2014

3:20 PM

My wife and I were overwhelmed in a good way by the play. The 2 actors carried the performances well and the staging was very effective. There was a good mix of pathos and humor in the story, and I was drawn into the different characters – quite amazing when you consider the switching of roles so quickly. The change in posture or mobility, the change in voice and accent,….. So well done.
The quintessential moment for me was when the figure of Jesus offered himself to her anger and received the beating which allowed her to break and let go of the resistance she felt.

Angela Mitchell

May. 26, 2014

8:08 PM

This was the third time I’ve seen “Espresso,” and I was moved once again. From the moment the lights came on, I was captivated by the poetry of the script, the presence of the actors, and the depth of the themes. The beautiful moments of tenderness, anguish, and vulnerability brought tears to my eyes countless times, and over the past few days I have continually caught myself chuckling at one of the jokes or pondering a concept. I am so grateful that Lucia and Rob have been willing to live this story with us night after night. It is truly a gift.

Tamara de Grandmaison

May. 26, 2014

8:22 PM

How entertaining to watch this humorous, insightful and sensitive play. These two actors challenged us to pay attention to all the dialogue to follow the story….such a welcome change from many perfomances that allow one to “nod off” because they are not engaging us. I loved it!


May. 26, 2014

10:33 PM

Well done – superb acting with multicharacterization. We are disappointed with the course language and the use of God, Jesus and Holy Spirit in vain and sacrilegious ways.Anger and frustration can be expressed with other words . We would expect a . higher standard from PT Strive for the best.

Cheryl Mullen

May. 27, 2014

1:14 AM

This incarnation of Espresso was a first time experience for my friend and me. As the applause subsided and the actors left the stage, we sat silently for a good five minutes before we could bring ourselves to leave. Yes, we actually wished that Lucia and Robert would return to the stage immediately after the curtain call to ‘play’ the play again. This is truly the mark of an extraordinary theatre experience. Lucia and Robert’s characters moved through each other like quicksilver, round, full and fearless. Espresso exposed family complexity’s raw nerve and explored the minefield negotiation of our profound relationships, lost and found. Lucia is a Canadian playwright whose voice rings as strong as the espresso in the cup.

Lorri Romhanyi

May. 28, 2014

6:23 PM

Giddy and wonderful and touching and hilarious and so human – what a show! It was a two tissue extravaganza – one for tears of joy; one for the complications of being human. How two actors can fill up an entire stage with so many convincing characters is incredible. PT – yet again an evening full of theatre magic. Thank you. xo

Freda Loeve

May. 30, 2014

2:17 PM

Brilliant acting, moving play…loved the way you showed God’s grace extending to frail human beings. A must see.

Jim Burkinshaw

May. 31, 2014

10:15 PM

Jolting, raw, real, moving, and God as you’ve never thought of him

Joan Ferguson

Jun. 9, 2014

3:53 PM

An excellent show, marvellous acting,entertaining and funny but also some sadness.The two actors are truly fabulous. A “must see” for all.

a “Must See”

Peter Rastall

Jun. 11, 2014

10:54 AM

A good play, but it cannot be successfully performed by two actors unless the audience has previously read it. Otherwise one spends time wondering who is speaking (Is this guy now the grandmother?) and the emotional impact is lost. Do not do it again until you can afford a full cast.

Bill Hubbard

Jun. 17, 2014

3:05 PM

Good afternoon:
Last Friday evening my young companion (26), who is my son’s girlfriend, and I attended Espresso.
She has heard me go on and on about one thetarical production or another either here or in New York and in a recent conversation asked if she might join me for an evening of theatre. Needless to say I was thrilled and purposely booked Espresso for myriad reasons that included the story line. Interestly, my compnaion had only seen one other Play and that was the recent Vancouver production of Wicked. Of course the contrast was perfect to illustrate “pure dramatic theater”.
My thoughts: I have seen about 20 Plays in 2014 and this ranked as one of my top three choices. The story was compelling and the acting was superb. I was spell bound from start to finish and remarked to my compnaion that she had witnessed “theatrical excellence”.
Her thoughts:
” That was mind-blowing”
” I hope you will take me to another Play soon”
” That was better than Wicked”
Thank you for the evening. It was wonderful and I now have a new convert….Bill

Colleen McLaughlin Barlow

Jun. 17, 2014

4:15 PM

The most provocative play I have ever seen. I could go on about the incredible acting, the mise-en-scene, the characters but the idea that God is benign, loving and wishes us delight in these incarnate bodies is overarching and brilliantly subversive. Lucia Frangione isn’t only one of the best Christian playwrights in the English-speaking world, she is the one of the best living playwrights period.

Bernadette Chapman

Jun. 17, 2014

6:28 PM

Although well acted, we did not enjoy the lewdness nor the promiscuity. Not the kind of content in a play that we have come to expect from Pacific theater!!!


Jun. 18, 2014

9:21 AM

Wow, what a wonderful night! A play I hope to see again and again Perfectly cast , Frangione never disappoints!

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