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Critical Acclaim for 2 b’s Production of The Russian Play and Mexico City

Posted in The Russian Play and Mexico City with tags , , on February 18, 2010 by Rebecca Coleman

“Colombe Demers as Sonya deliver(s) a phenomenal performance.” The Halifax Herald

“Artful in construction, intelligent and subtly humorous in content, and excellently performed” The Halifax Herald

Critical Acclaim for the original production of The Russian Play:
N.B.: not produced by 2b

“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED…incredibly powerful with breathtaking emotion…A Must-See” Toronto Star

***1/2 (3 1/2 out of 4 stars), “It’s that rarest of all theatrical experiments: a clever satire with a beating heart.” Kamal al-Solaylee, The Globe and Mail

NNNN (4 out of 5 N’s), “funny and moving… A WINNER!” Jon Kaplan, Now Magazine

**** (4 out of 5 stars), “A Must-See”, Paul Isaacs, eye Weekly

“The story telling is spare, compelling, humorous and heartbreaking.” Lynn Slotkin, CBC Radio

Critical Acclaim for 2b theatre company:

“Lovely. Lovely. Lovely.” The Coast Weekly (Halifax)

“…spare, spacious, and as intimate as theatre gets… makes us lean in and ache for more.” The Hour (Montreal)

“*****” Neue Presse (Germany)

“2b has a knack for creating unforgettable physical environments…Beautifully, elegantly staged, with performances of restraint and intensity” The Halifax Herald

“[2b] create[s] an atmosphere that is ritualistic and almost sacred…this story has incredible power and poignancy.” Times-Colonist (Victoria)

“The theatrical experience the company creates is as warm as a mother’s hand.“ The Georgia Straight (Vancouver)


The Russian Play and Mexico City

Posted in Uncategorized on February 12, 2010 by Rebecca Coleman

Ruby Slippers Theatre presents
a 2b theatre company production
The Russian Play & Mexico City
Two plays by Hannah Moscovitch
Directed by Christian Barry

March 24 – 28, 2010 at Performance Works
Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm
Saturday and Sunday at 2pm

Featuring: Tessa Cameron, Colombe Demers, Conor Green & Scott Stephenson
Stage Manager: Louisa Adamson
Lighting and Sound Design: Christian Barry

Together these plays offer a profound exploration of love and relationships, whisking the audience from the gritty back alleys of Mexico City to the romance and intrigue of Stalinist Moscow all in a night of theatre.

Set amidst the chaos and noise of Mexico’s capital in the 1960s, Mexico City is a short satiric romance that explores the intersection between tourism-as-voyeurism and the battle of the sexes. Henry and Alice, a young married couple, book a trip to Mexico City in the hopes of discovering the “Real Mexico”. While the authentic, undiluted Mexico of their imaginations remains elusive, Henry and Alice’s holiday forces them to confront the privations and disappointments of married life while at the same time helping them to rediscover its pleasures.

Set amidst the doomed men and rotten ideals of Stalinist Russian, The Russian Play is a bleak, bittersweet and darkly ironic ode to the dangerous joys of love. The storyteller recounts the tale of a Russian peasant girl named Sonya, the “foolish mistakes” of her youth, and the story of the love affair that led to her ruin.

“The Russian Play is a scintillating exercise in style (owing more to Chekhov’s short stories than his plays) which also manages to be a moving meditation on poverty, oppression and love.” – Robert Cushman, The National Post

Based in Halifax, award-winning 2b theatre company creates, develops, produces, and tours new theatre works. 2b receives operating support from the Province of Nova Scotia and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Award-winning Ruby Slippers Theatre’s 2009/2010 Season is a celebration of love. From the people who brought you A Beautiful View, Life Savers, Trout Stanley and The Leisure Society, we continue to offer our community works that inspire courage, heart and brains.

Evenings $24/$20 including service charges at, 604.629.vtix (8849). Cash only at the door. Matinees $15. Saturday’s matinee followed by artist talk-back.