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Reviews — 16 Open

katherine evans

Jan. 11, 2015

1:35 PM

If you’ve ever known a quirky Dutchman, pondered your existence, been in a library pre 1995, enjoyed symbolism, or if you like detective stories, gift yourself an hour and a half. Marvellous stuff!

Anne-Marie Epp

Jan. 12, 2015

3:07 PM

My three friends and I were completely engaged by the brilliant actor, the profound concepts booted about, almost playfully, and our ultimate feelings of “WOW” and “hmmmm…
Thanks for a splendid afternoon! ame


Jan. 12, 2015

3:12 PM

I have had the pleasure of seeing this play twice. A brilliant piece of work, very multi layered and thought provoking on so many levels
The actor Nathan Schmidt was amazing and so talented, so true to this role
I found the Pacific theatre some years ago, a truly hidden gem in Vancouver for theatre.
Without exception I have enjoyed every performance/play that I have attended. Please keep bringing in this level of theatre..
Many thanks to the actor for his wonderful talent
regards Grania Svedic

Denise Goodkey

Jan. 13, 2015

3:05 PM

Great script; great performance.

As I have some hearing loss…which you have heard me whine about before…..and which my expensive hearing aids don’t entirely alleviate, my theatre issue for the last few years is “Can I catch the dialogue?” It’s about a 50/50 gamble. In this case I had no trouble hearing just about every word.
Thank you Nathan!

Rita Eustergerling

Jan. 15, 2015

12:02 AM

Wow! An amazing performance given by Nathan Schmidt.
He must have been exhausted and exhilarated at the finish.
Thank you for being so captivating and energized through the entire time and bringing me to tears at the end. I walked out with the profound notion that “I was here” and that “we are here”…to be reminded of the wonder of it all was humbling.
First time to the theatre…another gem hidden away.
I felt I was in an intimate theatre in New York.
Keep the quality going…tall order.
Again, amazing!

Esther Hizsa

Jan. 19, 2015

12:46 PM

I thoroughly enjoyed Underneath the Lintel. I was captivated and entertained. I absolutely loved the Dutch librarian. I opened my heart to him and his story which was both humorous and touching. Glen Berger explores universal themes of significance and regret. Not a word, action, sound or sight was wasted.


Jan. 19, 2015

1:19 PM

Lots of energy in the acting and some funny lines, but the script is a bit obvious. Lot’s of people enjoyed it, so it might just be me. I would say that, if you haven’t thought much about ideas like existentialism and how that relates to monotheism, or questions such as whether life is fair, it might make a not-very-taxing introduction to those subjects. There is no plot or character development to speak of, so it’s less likely to please if you are big on those things. One can usually count on PT for really engaging and/or thought provoking theatre. I can’t really say that this production was up to that level.

Dave & Barb

Jan. 19, 2015

3:23 PM

One of the most enjoyable theater performances we have ever attended! A clever, engrossing story. A sharp, witty script. Brilliantly acted. Under the Lintel is everything good theater strives to be.

Roland Derksen

Jan. 20, 2015

2:11 PM

Hi- I generally enjoyed the play- I thought Nathan Schmidt gave a tremendous performance considering it was just a solo performance. However, I think it would have been better for me if there had been an intermission part way inbetween. I found listening to just one person talking loudly for over an hour and a half to be rather draining. By the time the last few minutes were left I was tired and not paying attention as much.

Marlene Perrett

Jan. 22, 2015

8:29 PM

An extraordinary performance – witty, talented, funny, and very thought provoking.
Thank you so much!

Susan M Boyce

Jan. 26, 2015

6:36 PM

A warm, charming, and thought provoking story. Superb acting too. Ultimately satisfying. Well done!


Jan. 26, 2015

8:55 PM

Brilliant, inspired, and deeply affecting. I didn’t really have any expectations going in, but if I’d had any, they certainly would have blown them right out of the water. Schmidt was absolutely brilliant. Incredible. Hilarious!

Kim Alexis

Jan. 26, 2015

10:49 PM

Absolutely fabulous! I have encouraged all my friends to go see it while there is still time! I sat spell bound through the whole thing!

peter browne

Jan. 31, 2015

10:45 AM

underneath the lintel. what a wonderful play, it has such a great hook The Stamper I’m still smiling and will enjoy talking about this play with anyone that will listen.

Beatrice VanderBos

Feb. 2, 2015

9:50 PM

The verbal and theatrical performance was excellent, it reminded me how the former teachers (of Holland) taught, keeping their students involved. From the librarian date stamp to the drawers of information to the overhead presentation kept us abreast of the story line with well-witted humour scattered throughout.
The present human statement of “I was here” drifts off into that which is most important: JWHJ (sp?). He is the most important one of all our lives and he works incognito.
It was very meaningful. Both my husband Phil and I were glad to have seen it together, thoughts that come because of it. Beatrice

Dr. Kathleen A. Barnard

Feb. 14, 2015

12:35 PM

First, allow me to say how much I enjoyed Nathan Schmidt’s performance as the librarian in Berger’s play, Underneath the Lintel. I thought he did an outstanding job of bringing the character of the librarian to life and keeping the audience with him through a long process of discovery. He had me with him almost to the end, but at a certain point in the play, I became troubled, not by anything concerning the performance. I have nothing but good things to say about that. It was the script that grieved and saddened me.

All through the play, I kept wondering, where is this going? Where is God in this play? But when He is introduced toward the end, He is represented as a controlling, manipulating “magician” against whom both the main character, and the object of his pursuit, raise their fists in anger and defiance, and vow to circumvent His ways. I cannot describe how grieved I was in my spirit and saddened I was in my heart to see this. It is such a misrepresentation of who God is and what He is like. He is neither controlling, nor manipulating. If the truth be told, and we were all to do a little soul-searching with His help, we would find that it is we who are controlling and manipulating, not God. He is so not like us.

Yeshua is portrayed as cursing the mysterious figure in the play as he stands “underneath the lintel” of his shop. Gripped by fear at the words of the Roman soldiers, the cobbler tells Yeshua to move on, away from his doorstep, just at the moment the Saviour falls underneath the weight of the cross He is carrying. According to the script, Yeshua then looks at the man and tells him he will not be able to sit down and rest until He returns. This is a misapplication of the words of Jesus who weeps over His beloved Jerusalem, crying, “O, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate, for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord’ (Matthew 23:37-39, NKJV).

Yeshua did not curse Jerusalem; He prophesied. He could see her future. He was not angry; He was heartbroken. There He was, on His way to be crucified, to die a criminal’s death, to bear the curse for the sin of the whole world for all time. He was on His way to pay the price in full so that we could have access to Him, to Y_H_W_H, becoming a curse for us so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. He died not cursing those who were crucifying and mocking Him; He died forgiving them.

Imagine for a moment that you are the one being killed for a crime you did not commit, and everyone believes that you did it. People walking past you, spitting on you, hurling all manner of abuse at you while executioners who enjoy their line of work pound metal spikes through the soft flesh of your hands and feet, and hang you up, naked, to die, totally vulnerable to the mob at your feet who is calling for your death, goading you to come down and prove them wrong. What would be in your heart towards them? Would you love them? Pray for them? Most of us have a hard time forgiving the person in traffic who cuts us off. Yet Yeshua opened not His mouth, except to cry, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

He was bearing our griefs and carrying our sorrows. … He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes, we are healed. All we like sheep had gone astray, and had turned (even as the librarian and the mysterious figure turned) to our own way, and the Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all (Is. 53:4-6).

I am so tired of seeing God misrepresented in our culture. He is not a controlling, manipulating “magician” as the play suggests. He did not curse people on His way to the cross. He is love. God the Father poured out all of His righteous anger at sin, at our rebellion, at our anger and defiance toward Him onto His own dear Son, and He, also being love, willingly received it into Himself so that we could have life and have it more abundantly here and now, and forevermore.

Just to be in His presence … it is the most awesome thing! He is goodness itself. He is longsuffering, kind, humble, faithful, and joyful — yes, even joyful. He is peace and gentleness and mercy and forgiveness and truth. He is healing and deliverance. He is so much more than I had ever dared to ask or imagine.

I invite you to go on a discovery journey of your own, like the librarian, through another “library book,” the Bible. I promise you, if you pursue Him with the same intensity and fervor that the librarian exhibited as he quested after the mysterious figure who had returned the overdue book, you will find the lovely One who says, “Come unto Me all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” And you will not be disappointed. He is real. He is alive, and He is more than worth the trouble!

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