HERALD REVIEW, LOGAN & I

Call me a geek if you like, but I always get a kick out of seeing who I share a page with, be it in newspapers, magazines, or film festival guides. Well today’s review of LOGAN AND I brings the novel experience of sharing a page with Paul Rudd and Reese Witherspoon… I’m on their heels.

Enough of my self-centered tendencies (he says as he writes his blog), today’s Chronicle Herald featured a review of LOGAN AND I by Elissa Barnard. Read below for an excerpt from “An honest look at male sexuality and friendship“…

McPhee is charming, chatty and totally emphatic as Dezzy. Logan as a cold, unlikable character is the more difficult role and Glen Matthews nails it. He makes Logan very realistic, vulnerable even, as he is mean and manipulative.

There are no easy answers at the end of Logan and I. How you react to the play will depend on your gender and sexuality.

As a woman, I find the boys’ talk about women distasteful but I recognize it as realistic.

As a human being, regardless of gender, I recognize the complexities in intense friendship as true.

The way McPhee starts with the innocence of playing imaginary battles with Transformers and carries the metaphor throughout the play is quite brilliant.

Read the entire article over @ http://thechronicleherald.ca/ArtsLife/1217612.html

Another review, beautifully written by Daniel MacKay of GayHalifax explains perfectly why this is such a rewarding story to tell…

The play was flawlessly presented. For me it was like running a finger over an old scar, and keenly remembering the pain, and exactly how you got the wound.

The full review is available @ http://gay.hfxns.org/Logan_And_I

That’s all for now, there’s still three more chances for you to catch LOGAN AND I at the Bus Stop Theatre! Tonight at 8pm, tomorrow (Pay-What-You-Can performance) at 2pm, and our final show at 8pm Saturday night. Email  thedopplereffect.ns@gmail.com to reserve tickets. Here’s the link to the Facebook event page:  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=170302712992783

 

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“LOGAN AND I” OPENS DEC. 15th

Whoa, look at that, it’s snowing on WordPress again!… or is this just a virus?… Who knows, really! Anyways, at this point next week, I’ll be back in Halifax, preparing to re-mount LOGAN AND I, the show I took part in last Summer during the Queer Acts Festival.

Please, if you can make time during the absurdity known as “the holidays” then come see our show. It really is something that I’m very proud of, and I’m happy to be taking another shot at it. If you’ve already seen the show, then recommend it to a friend (tell them it’s a gift)!

Read below for all of the details from the LOGAN AND I Facebook Event Page

This holiday season, The Doppler Effect are pleased to invite you to the remount of their summer hit, ‘LOGAN AND I’ by Atlantic Canadian playwright Michael McPhee. Only 5 shows – don’t miss your chance to catch this gem of a play which sold out every house at the Queer Acts Theatre Festival 2010!

Wednesday December 15th – 8pm
Thursday December 16th – 8pm
Friday December 17th – 8pm
Saturday December 18th – 2pm (PWYC) & 8pm

Tickets: $20 regular
$15 students/artists/underwaged
CASH ONLY
ADVANCE BOOKING STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
E-mail thedopplereffect.ns@gmail.com to reserve

A nostalgic, personal and deeply touching piece, the story follows Dezzy and Logan, two children of the 1980s. Both outsiders – one due to shyness, the other because of poverty – they form a bond despite their differences: Logan is enamoured with Dezzy’s collection of toys he could never afford; Dezzy, in turn, is thrilled to have a strong friend to protect him from the threat of schoolyard bullies. But when a copy of ‘The Joy of Sex’ is stumbled upon, sparking a period of sexual discovery between them, the boys’ friendship changes and Dezzy soon finds out that being friends with Logan comes with its own dangers.

Written for the 2010 Queer Acts Theatre Festival, the show’s first run garnered much attention. The Coast’s Kate Watson wrote, “Michael McPhee’s 80’s-set coming-of-age story beautifully captures both the feel of the era and the angst of childhood.” The feedback from audience members of all communities was enthusiastic and heartfelt – playwright Lenora Steele summarizes: “Although it is on the surface about two young boys/men searching for their own identity or individuality, [Logan and I] hits home to all people trapped by their own self-defeating rituals.”

Now is your chance to see for yourself!

Featuring Glen Matthews as Logan and Michael McPhee as Dezzy, ‘LOGAN AND I’ is directed by Eastern Front Theatre’s Scott Burke and produced/assistant directed by Annie Valentina. It is designed by Nathan Pilon (sound) and Evan Brown (set/lights).

‘LOGAN AND I’ is The Doppler Effect’s first company project. Comprised of Creative Director Michael McPhee and Artistic Producer Annie Valentina, The Doppler Effect hopes to continue functioning as a conduit for compelling original work in Atlantic Canada.

Hope to see you in a couple weeks!

Here’s the link to the LOGAN AND I Facebook Event Page.

FARE THEE WELL, “LOGAN & I”

I owe a large amount of thanks to my fellow creators who also worked on LOGAN AND I, Michael McPhee (Writer/Actor), Scott Burke (Director), and Annie Valentina (Producer), thank you all so much for making the past 4 weeks as painless as possible. I say “painless” because it’s been a couple years since I’ve done theatre (not counting last month’s Once Upon an Evening of Short Plays), and I was fully aware how catostrophically disastarous a return to theatre could be after such a long absence.

Four weeks after the fact, I am now fully convinced: theatre is a completely different beast than film.

I am honestly so honored to have played the part of Logan in LOGAN AND I, Michael really has written a beautiful play with a strong universal theme running throughout it. Going into the run of the show, I didn’t realize or appreciate just how universal it was until I talked to the people who were in audience and I was really moved by what they had to say.

Forgive my sentimentality, I know it has no place on the hatred-filled-internetz.

In other fun news, I got my first reference in a review (baby-steps) as Kate Watson from The Coast said “Actor Glen Matthews brings the perfect amount of a vulnerability to the damaged Logan, so that he’s painted in shades of grey rather than being seen only as a villain.

Back pat.

Let’s end on that note, shall we? Thank you to everyone involved in the Queer Acts Festival, especially Adam Reid, and all of the volunteers who I pretended that I was cooler than (I wasn’t); congrats to the other two shows, you inspired my heterosexual ass!

Fare thee well.