Theatre: October 2001

The Edible Woman

Venue: Vancouver Playhouse

Date(s): 8 October - 3 November, 2001

Reviewer: Jane Penistan

Here we are back in the 60's. A sleazy hotel room, turquoise walls, shocking pink trim, miniskirts and matching pumps, dead-end office jobs and the expectation of marriage-and-happy-ever-after.

As Marian McAlpin, Jillian Fargey is a somewhat bewildered interviewer for an advertising firm. Getting engaged to embryo lawyer Peter Wollander (Todd Talbot) should stabilize her life, but instead, it adds complications to an already unsettled situation. Tara Samuel convincingly plays Ainsley Tewce her happy-go-lucky, try-anything-new apartment sharer whose seduction of the experienced Don Juan, Len Slank (Alec McClure}, is amusing and clever. As the self-centered post graduate student, Haig Sutherland is convincing as Duncan. Ellen-Ray Hennessy succeeds in transforming herself from the no-longer young office manager, to the apartment building's fussy landlady and into Duncan's paternalistic roommate, with considerable aplomb, and as speedily as the sets change in this often fragmentary short-scene play.

As in Atwood's novel, The Edible Woman is a snide look at life in Toronto in the 1960's. Marian expiates herself from the consuming male domination symbolically by stuffing the men concerned with a cake in the shape of a woman. But is she really free and is this a happy-ever-after fairy tale?

2001, Jane Penistan

The Edible Woman runs at the Vancouver Playhouse from October 8 - November 3, 2001.
Performances are Monday through Saturday at 8.00 p.m. with matinees on Saturdays and selected Wednesdays at 2.00 p.m. B.C.TV matinee Pay What You Can takes place on October 13 at 2.00 p.m.
The next Playhouse Singles Night is Friday November 2, 2001.

Adult tickets range from $33.00 - $44.00, Seniors from $29.00 - $37.00, Students $19.00 - $23.00. Rush tickets ($19.00) are available one hour before the performance, subject to availability. Group rates are available.

To reserve tickets call either the Playhouse Customer Service Office, at 604-873-3311 or Ticketmaster at 604-280-3311

Help Fill the Food Bank's shelves! During the run of The Edible Woman please drop off non-perishable food items in the designated box in the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre lobby. Thank you for helping fight hunger within our community.

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