Poor. Photo by Emily Cooper.
Poor. Photo by Emily Cooper.

In Poor, new playwright Suzanne Ristic has crafted a fantastic story of a upper class woman who decides it would be interesting to dress up like a homeless person and explore East Vancouver – the poorest postal code in Canada.

There is an emptiness in her ‘provided for’ life and she hopes inspiration will strike. Her delight at being in a clinic between a man who throws up feces and a man with two broken hands is both very funny and naively cruel. When potential romance rears its head the adventure takes many twists that make it a thrilling ride and plunges into dark territory.

The yearning for social justice in world out of balance is a strong backdrop from the wildly funny story. Lisa Bunting is a joy as our privileged homemaker and the direction by Jay Brazeau has many original delights. Poor is a wild tale with brilliant acting, directing, sound and setting.

Poor by Suzanne Ristic.  Directed by Jay Brazeau.  On stage at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 E Cordova St) until September 14 as part of the 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival.  Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.