Written by Morris Panych, with performances by Peter Anderson and Ken MacDonald, 7 Stories is a dark comedy that is getting great reviews! Chronicling the encounters one man has with the characters in his building as he contemplates jumping from the seventh-story ledge, 7 Stories is sure to be a series of great, and strange humour.
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The show will be running until December 5th at the Bluma Appel Theatre, Monday to Saturday at 8:00 pm, with two Matinees Wednesday at 1:30 pm and Saturday at 2:00 pm. For more information on tickets and PWYC ( Pay-What-You-Can ) availability visit The Canadian Stage Company, and to get more information about this play please read excerpts from the press release below.
7 Stories is a home-grown success story. Panych wrote the play because he was interested in exploring “the grotesquely wonderful and relentlessly fantastic aspects of human behaviour.” Originally produced in 1989 by Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre, it became Panych’s “break-through” play and established him as a major voice in Canadian theatre. The play has been produced across Canada, in New York, London, Sydney, Budapest, Tokyo and Seoul, and has been translated into three other languages including Japanese, Korean and Hungarian. It won six Jessie Richardson Awards (1990) including Outstanding Original Play, Outstanding Production and Outstanding Set Design; four Dora Mavor Moore Awards (1991); and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award.
To jump or not to jump? That is the question one man faces on the seventh-story ledge of an apartment building in this quick-paced, absurdist comedy. Before he can make a decision, he encounters the building’s eccentric tenants through nearby windows. As he desperately tries to get on with minding his own business, he becomes a reluctant participant in the dilemmas of those around him. He comes to realize that everyone one of them has a reason to jump – and that he may be the most rational of them all.
“The dark humour, existential themes and exploration of the fine line between fantasy and reality that would go on to become Panych’s trademarks are very much on display in this early work,” states The Canadian Stage Company’s Artistic & General Director Matthew Jocelyn. “This play is a delightfully absurd look at the trivialities of everyday life and the ways in which we strive to imbue that life with meaning. While skewering the mundane preoccupations of modern society and exposing the self-centeredness and hypocrisy of its citizens, Panych manages to express a very loving and hopeful perspective on the human condition.”
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