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 firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve tickets. Here’s the link to the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=170302712992783
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.”
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.
LOGAN AND I, presented by The Doppler Effect, opens one week from today (Tuesday, July 20th) as part of the Queer Acts Festival! Directed by Scott Burke, featuring myself and Michael McPhee, who also wrote the play. Annie Valentina is also our Stage Manager.
The show runs four nights only at The Bus Stop Theatre (2203 Gottingen St.), Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd and Friday the 23rd; seating is limited so reserve tickets ahead of time at QARESERVATIONS@GMAIL.COM. $15 / $10 (student/artist/unwaged).
Have a gander at a couple promo shots taken by Ashley Pike (click for larger view)…
Keep your eyes peeled for an article in this Thursday’s The Coast, as well as a piece in The Chronicle Herald sometime later on in the week. I’ll post them on here as well, because I’m good to you like that. I give so much.