Writing can be tough, just ask any writer. The constant pressure to deliver is taken to a whole new level in Andrea Yu’s Versus, where a Chinese god is enlisted to help break the inevitable writer’s block.
Desperate to make a deadline and deliver her newest work, Andrea finds herself desperately looking for inspiration. Resisting the dire warnings of her father, she enlists the help of the Chinese god Die See Fut to help. As words begin to appear on her page, she soon realizes that naming her central character after her best friend Pandora has dire consequences.
An ambitious undertaking, Yu’s play becomes a tough sell to audiences as they are never quite sure if it is meant to make us laugh or scare us to hell. Given her inspiration comes from the Korean thriller Oldboy it is more likely the latter, but her ambitious show, more suited for film than stage, makes it near impossible to view it in this context.
Pandora Morgan does some wonderful physical work as the as the best friend caught inside Andrea’s words.
Writers will take all the help they can get. Unfortunately divine intervention, a ninja and even a zombie aren’t enough in Versus.
Versus written and directed by Andrea Yu. A Lotus Land Productions presentation. Part of the 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival. On stage at the Firehall Arts Centre. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.