Jack and Jill Bieber-Fever

Jack-Jill-Beiber-Fever-KEY-image1Writer: Kevin Somers
Director: Ryan M. Sero
Cast: Sean Emberley, Carley Hartviksen, Nathan Hicks, Tracey Kenyon, Ryan M. Sero

Review by: John Girhiny

The blurb on the show gives an excellent summary of the show.    Jack and Jill are going out on a limb tonight: they’re going on a blind, internet date with each other.  As if that weren’t enough, they’re accompanied at all times by their minds’ inner thoughts, personified as their on-stage “brains,” who offer them unfiltered advice on making it through the date. This play started its stage-life as a shorter version at the HamilTEN Festival, 2013, where it took home the Audience Choice Award.  It’s about love, laughter and hope.

Jack’s brain tries to convince him to change clothes – not track pants!  Jack feels like this date is a bad idea.  Jill looks great but her brain is opposed to the idea. Both Jack’s mom and Jill’s dad are in favour of the proposal.  And so it goes. The conflicts of each as each changes his/her perspective on the date and the interventions of the brain of each form the show. 

Enter Danny who sets up the stage furniture between scenes and then becomes a waiter at the restaurant.  Danny complicates matters.

The play weaves about covering a lot of bases.  Jack fixes basements and Jill’s father is in construction and is looking for someone to do basements.

The show is a work in progress but nevertheless is interesting with more than a few laughs.  Outstanding in the cast is Jack’s brain (Sean Emberley) who projects well, has an excellent stage presence and some good lines.

Saying anything more will detract from the performance except a note to Jill (Carley) to remember that even though reading the poem is the most intimate moment of the encounter that the lowering of her voice still requires that the audience be able to hear the words.  Last night that was not the case and I suspect the audience missed a significant moment. 

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