Much to my surprise and delight, I awoke this morning to find a very unexpected shout out to the play in Morley Walker’s column in the Winnipeg Free Press. For those of you who don’t know Morley, he is a notoriously picky reviewer, so it is especially exciting that he liked the play. You can find the whole article here, but below are some excerpts that I particularly enjoyed.
…beyond the easy identification with the play’s universal themes, it was the quality of the writing, the acting and the direction that left me gasping with approval.
The hilarious sparring between Sobler and Daniel Kash reminded me, oddly enough, of Neil Simon’s Odd Couple, a classic of 20th-century theatrical comedy.
Some Things You Keep was the most memorable evening of theatre I’ve had in years. I was expecting nothing special, but it blew me away. If there is justice in the world, this play will be picked up across the country.
Another great review from the Winnipeg Jewish Review! I couldn’t be more excited at the response for this show. You can read the whole review on their site, but here are some excerpts.
The play…is a laugh out loud funny and profoundly incisive exploration of the deep-rooted expectations parents have of their adult children, and of how relationships change when a family member dies.
The two person cast of Sobler and Kash skilfully create a repartee that resembles a verbal jousting match. They exchange a series of sharp, well-aimed jibes one moment and casually laugh and joke with each other the next….Kash, who appeared at Manitoba delivers a strong performance as the self-assured Harry and shows impeccable comic timing throughout the ninety minute performance. The actors convincingly navigate an array of powerful and conflicting needs and emotions that, woven together, form the resilient fabric of filial relations.