THE MAIN EVENT

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Little Mountain Gallery & Main Street Theatre present THE ODD COUPLE by Neil Simon. HELD OVER to Dec. 10, 2013 (no show Dec. 2 or 9). 7:30 PM (Doors @ 7:00). Little Mountain Gallery. Directed by Stephen Malloy. Starring Ryan Beil and Mike Wasko. With Lindsey Angell, Josh Drebit, Kyle Jespersen, Sebastian Kroon, Michael P. Northey, and Melanie Reich. Ticket reservations: (604) 992-2313. More >>

HEADLINES

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Come join Main Street Theatre for a staged reading of Alex Lazardis Ferguson's new play PROXIMITY. Sat. May 11 at 8:00 PM (Doors @ 7:30). ADMISSION BY DONATION.

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Main Street Theatre presents a staged reading of HOME ALONE the classic holiday movie! Thurs. Dec. 12, 2013 at 9:30 PM (doors open at 9). Tickets by donation.

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Main Street Theatre presents... IT'S ABOUT TIME by Patrick Keating. Sun. Nov. 25 at 8 PM. Little Mountain Gallery. Also featuring: a curtain warmer by Charles Demers. Tickets by donation. For reservations call: (604) 992-2313.

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event image Congratulations to Sasa Brown who has been nominated for a Jessie Richardson Award for her Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in Main Street Theatre's Endgame! Visit the Jessies.

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The Vancouver Courier spotlighted Main Street Theatre in their best of 2012: "Main Street Theatre squeezed us all into its tiny venue for a real treat in April. Directed by Stephen Malloy, this scrappy young company produced Endgame with ash-covered Nagg (Daryl King) and Nell (Sasa Brown) imprisoned in trashcans by their son Hamm (Josh Drebit). At his beck and call was Ryan Beil as Clov. Known for productions of David Mamet's plays, this small company proved once again its versatility and virtuosity with Beckett's apocalyptic tale. Read more: Vancouver Courier

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FunFunFun Vancouver says "everything...about this production was simply brilliant. The staging was phenomenal, and the acting was just incredible."

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The Vancouver Sun says that we're "Shaking it up: Samuel Beckett’s classic Endgame highlights Tremors theatre festival".

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The Province picks Main Street's Endgame as one of the top Top 10 shows to see this spring. "This staging of Samuel Beckett’s play is the latest from the punching-above-its weight Main Street Theatre Company". Read it on The Province.

Main Street Theatre's Endgame part of Vancouver's 2012 Tremors Festival! Visit Tremors at Rumble.

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"Terrific play. Terrific production". Read reviews of True West

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Thanks to everyone who supported us at our Halloween Party/Fundraiser! The STAR CAPTAINS played and Red Truck beer and Barefoot wine was served. Best costume prize went to Mike Wasko!
See our Party Photos

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event imageJosh Drebit, Daryl King and Ryan Beil accept Jessie Richardson awards on behalf of Stephen Malloy (Best Director) and Barbara Pollard (Best Supporting Actress) for Main Street's Production of A Lie of the Mind. (Photograph by: Thor-Sten 2011) Visit the Jessies website

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event imageThe Jessie Richardson Awards committee applauds Main Street Theatre's production of A Lie of the Mind with 6 award nominations including Best Director, 4 Best Performances and Best Production! Visit the Jessies website

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Peter Birnie, Theatre critic for the Vancouver Sun writes about Main Street Theatre's production of A Lie of the Mind, "Stephen Malloy directs a strong cast who, to a man and woman, understand that this masterpiece of manipulation sneaks its subtle ideas into our subconscious by shouting them out." Read review

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Andrea Rabinovitch reviews for The Vancouver Observer "...an evening of theatre that is compelling, entertaining and hip...like a partnered dance that flows between scenes nailing the humour and the pathos in equal measure...a truly excellent event." Read review

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"Main Street Equity Co-op has done it again...Wouldn’t it be great if the Main Street gang could give us an entire season of Shepard and Mamet rather than just one a year?  But let’s not get greedy." Continue to read Jerry Wasserman's (vancouverplays.com) review of Lie of the Mind.

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"Fine direction, strong performances...once the actor has grasped the character, he or she can just let it rip. And rip they do." Read Jo Ledingham's (Vancouver Courier) review

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We boxed for your money!!! The card was full and there were three bouts. Thanks to everyone who came out and showed their support! "The only way to teach these people, is to punch them..." Click here to see live event photos by Emily Cooper.

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Main Street Theatre Fight Night/Fundraiser/Extravaganza!!!!! Sunday, Oct. 24 at the Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Ave.Doors @ 7:30 and the fights start @ 9:00pm! We are boxing for your money!!! The card is full and there are three bouts: Josh "The Hebrew Hammer" Drebit Vs. Charlie "Norris" Gallant; Ian "The Butcher" Butcher Vs. Andrew "What's My Name" McNee; AND THE MAIN EVENT: Daryl "The Animal Mother" King Vs. Ryan "The Teen Burger" Beil. It's going to be a great party. Boxing, Red Truck Beer, Bearflag vino and THE STAR CAPTAINS! THE STAR CAPTAINS will play when the fights are done. Door is by donation. Funds go toward our upcoming production of A LIE OF THE MIND November 19th-December 4th @ Little Mtn Gallery.

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event imageMain Street Theatre's American Buffalo is nominated for three 2010 Jessie Richardson Awards: Best Production; Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role (Ryan Beil); Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Daryl King).

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American Buffalo: Main Street Theatre's sold-out benefit show for Haiti raises $1100! The money donated by our supporters was matched by the Federal Government of Canada.

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event imageMain Street Theatre's Glengarry Glen Ross is nominated for two 2009 Jessie Richardson Awards! One for Best Production. The other for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor - Alex Ferguson for Ricky Roma.

Main Street Theatre: Welcome

 

Welcome to Main Street Theatre. Main Street Theatre is a Vancouver based theatre company dedicated to producing contemporary classic plays in an intimate environment with a focus on storytelling. We believe in bringing this theatre to our community in an exciting and affordable way. With five shows and a total of two Jessie Richardson awards and eleven nominations under our belt, we're just getting started. Read about our next Main Event below. We'd like to surprise you again.

Main Street Theatre: On Stage

 

Click here for poster detail. Graphic design by Chris KuzmaLittle Mountain Gallery &
Main Street Theatre present

THE ODD COUPLE
by Neil Simon

HELD OVER!
Nov. 28-Dec. 10, 2013
(no show Dec. 2 or 9)

7:30 PM (Doors @ 7:00)  
Little Mountain Gallery
Directions: maps.google.ca

TICKET RESERVATIONS:
(604) 992-2313

PRODUCTION PHOTOS:
>> Click here

Directed by Stephen Malloy.

Starring: Ryan Beil and Mike Wasko.

With: Lindsey Angell, Josh Drebit, Kyle Jespersen, Sebastian Kroon, Michael P. Northey, and Melanie Reich.

Stage Management: Collette Brown

Pay What You Can. Suggested $20
Ticket reservations:
(604) 992-2313

Poster graphic design by Chris Kuzma

We're back with a fresh offering for Vancouver audiences. After successfully tackling the complicated nuances and heart wrenching drama of Shepherd, Mamet and Beckett the company has set their sights on something a titch more lighthearted: Neil Simon’s classic comedy, The Odd Couple.

Reviews

Jo Ledingham, On the Scene

At Little Mountain Gallery until December 10
Pay What You Can every night. Suggested: $20.
Reservations: 604-992-2313

Posted November 29, 2013

Cheek by jowl with everyone else, we laughed our heads off.

The opening scene of this Main Street Theatre production found all of us on opening night tightly packed into a space that makes ‘intimate’ seem barn-like by comparison. How intimate? When you enter the theatre, you step right out onto the stage so don’t, for heaven’s sake, come late. (Curtain is at 7:30. Doors open at 7). Cheek by jowl with everyone else, we laughed our heads off.

Under Stephen Malloy’s, direction this is one of the funniest opening scenes ever. Really, I was wiping my eyes.

Oscar (Mike Wasko), Roy (Josh Drebit), Murray (Kyle Jespersen), Vinnie (Sebastian Kroon) and Speed (Michael P. Northey) have gathered at Oscar’s messy apartment for their weekly game of poker. But where is Felix? Turns out his wife has just kicked him out for good. Knowing Felix as they do, they expect the worst: he’s going to off himself. So when Felix (Ryan Beil) turns up all mopey, at first the guys try to pretend they know nothing but eventually pandemonium breaks out. What follows is a chase scene in an area no bigger than a Yaletown balcony. Under Stephen Malloy’s, direction this is one of the funniest opening scenes ever. Really, I was wiping my eyes.

These young actors are fresh and frisky

These young actors are fresh and frisky even though they’re dealing with a vintage Neil Simon script that premiered on Broadway in 1965 followed shortly by the film, starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in 1968. From 1970-1975 Tony Randall was Felix to Jack Klugman’s Oscar in the TV series. In other words, it all happened and was over before most of them (all of them?) were born.

The Odd Couple is, I suppose, still superficial but dammit, it’s hilarious.For some years it was hip to dump on Neil Simon, calling his plays clever but superficial. I had forgotten how funny Simon’s dialogue is. The Odd Couple is, I suppose, still superficial but dammit, it’s hilarious.

Wasko and Beil, the odd couple of the title, do most of the funny business but the support they get from the rest of the cast is fantastic.

Wasko and Beil, the odd couple of the title, do most of the funny business but the support they get from the rest of the cast is fantastic. Drebit wears a Don Cherry-style plaid sports coat that’s two sizes too small and with his little glasses and his serious/nervous attitude, he’s a hoot. Kroon’s henpecked character is always worried about getting home on time and Kroon plays him like a kid who’s afraid he’s going to be grounded by his Mommy. Covered in tattoos and looking very biker punk, Northey keeps his character’s short fuse barely contained while Jespersen, whose character is a cop, is the ‘decent’, ‘caring’ guy but who, as a result of his job, jumps to conclusions that include guns and overdoses.

I don’t remember there being complaints about the stereotyping of the two women in the cast back in the day but the women’s liberation movement hadn’t really caught fire yet. But Simon isn’t trashing all women, just these two English birds Gwendolyn (Lindsey Angell) and her sister Cecily (Melanie Reich) that live in the same building as Oscar. Angell and Reich appear in little cocktail dresses, big hair and lots of makeup. They giggle and titter away, their characters eventually precipitating more trouble than there already is between  Oscar and Felix.

Wasko and Beil are so well matched as Oscar – big, loud and slovenly, and Felix – neurotic, passively aggressive and freakishly neat.

Wasko and Beil are so well matched as Oscar – big, loud and slovenly, and Felix – neurotic, passively aggressive and freakishly neat. Wasko, of course, is the straight man to Beil whose loopy look can so quickly turn into an ‘if-looks-could-kill’ glare. Together they keep this production (with two intermissions) moving along so quickly, it’s all over in a flash. Barely time to drink your wine.

 

...the success of The Odd Couple is a testament to this young company’s reach

This Main Street Theatre production is quite a deviation from this company’s usual edgy fare like Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, Sam Shepard’s Lie of the Mind and True West, David Mamet’s American Buffalo and Glengarry Glen Ross. But the success of The Odd Couple is a testament to this young company’s reach. And a testament to its commitment to Vancouver audiences is its Pay What You Can policy – every night. This policy is drawing a younger audience who might pay the suggested twenty bucks if they can but who will also visit the bar where the modest cost of a drink doesn’t mean you have to take out a loan.

We laughed in equal measure – that is to say, all evening.

I fondly remember the stage play and the film from the 60s; my daughter remembers the 70s TV series; and my granddaughter (16) was an Odd Couple newbie. We laughed in equal measure – that is to say, all evening.

 

Main Street Theatre’s production of THE ODD COUPLE, makes Vancouver’s Top Ten Theatre Productions list of 2013!

Mack Gordon
Theatre is for Suckers
theatreisforsuckers.com

THE ODD COUPLE – MAIN STREET THEATRE

For my money, Ryan Beil is the best actor on Vancouver stages.

I was in attendance on the first preview for Main Street Theatre’s production of the Neil Simon hit, but the cast was still rolling. For my money, Ryan Beil is the best actor on Vancouver stages. His commitment to his roles is absolute, his comic timing is surprising and tight, and his portrayals are always unique. I can never predict how he’ll react but I always believe him. He plays real instead of playing for the laugh. But he always gets the laugh.

 

And Jo Ledingham included THE ODD COUPLE presented by Main Street Theatre in her list of favourite things for 2013:

Jo Ledingham
The Vancouver Courier
vancourier.com/entertainment/year-in-theatre

"A few of my favourite things...Ryan Beil, Mike Wasko and the rest of the guys in The Odd Couple..."

 

Production Photos

Press Release