Showtimes

  • Performances Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm with 2pm Saturday matinees
  • Sunday Matinee: May 29 at 2pm
  • Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission

Special Showings

  • Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Thursday, May 19
  • Artist Talkback: Friday, May 27

Reviews — 7 Open

Susanna Houwen

May. 24, 2016

7:10 PM

Katharine Venour is amazing in this nearly one-woman show. Supporting cast are warm and multi-dimensional.

The material is handled sensitively, with, of course wit, but also feeling. The question the audience is asked to explore is, Who are we, at the end?

Nancy B

May. 27, 2016

1:08 AM

I saw this play over a week ago and although I highly recommend the play, couldn’t bring myself to write about it until now. Having been at the bedside of a loved one who had both a brilliant academic background and the same cancer diagnosis, I found the play a heart-rending reminder of those traumatic last weeks and days.

Katharine Venour has brilliantly captured the experience. Her performance as Vivien Bearing is stunning. The near-final scene featuring Erla Faye Forsyth (as Vivien’s former teacher) is beautifully played and probably the saddest moment I’ve witnessed in theatre. Julie Casselman, as the nurse Susie, was completely convincing and won my deep affection.

The production was beautifully staged. Congratulations to all involved.

Martin

May. 29, 2016

12:35 AM

I have seen most things at the Pacific over the past five years or so, and this was one of the best. I wasn’t expecting to like it much, but it had me in the first five minutes. The entire play had a very believable tone, with each of the characters feeling full and real.

While the script is clever and sometimes witty, it is also a bit of an emotional cheesegrater. Not quite harrowing, but close, which is a remarkable achievement for a production that is never maudlin or melodramatic. You get a close look at dying, complete with suffering, indignity, fear and loneliness. I would not say that it was uplifting, and yet both my friend (a biochemist) and I (an English major) walked out with the urge to live fuller lives, having had, as it were, a brush with death.

Mihai Dinu

May. 30, 2016

10:45 AM

A complete masterpiece, at the very top of Pacific Theatre’s repertoire, and worthy of any theatre prize. For about two hours, sickness, pain, suffering, death and the thought of eternity become much more bearable as part of this loving family!

Ruth Mathewson

May. 30, 2016

12:00 PM

What a thoughtful gripping play that captured the end-of-life human condition so poignantly. I highly recommend going to Pacific Theatre to see – and feel – this evocative human drama.

Anne

May. 31, 2016

10:36 AM

Wow! I find it hard to know where to begin….as a nurse, I could relate to so much of the material. The play evoked so many memories for me.
But more importantly, the play brilliantly portrayed the worth of every person.Since seeing the play on Saturday night, it has helped me look at people around me with new eyes.
The acting was phenomenal. The set design , lighting, sound, use of the space fabulous. And lots of funny bits….do make the effort to get out and see this play while it is still on! You will be glad you did.

John Wade

Jun. 6, 2016

6:00 PM

A stunning play. I loved the main character clinging onto her world of academic achievement. Her treating doctors had me laughing uncomfortably—no doubt dark humour. There were tears and hugging in the audience as the play ended on the night we attended.
Thank you.
Best theatre in town.

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