One of Vancouver’s newest independent theatre companies, Ben Bilodeau Productions, presents the comedy All New People this month at the Havana Theatre. Here are five reasons we think you should go:
1. The play is written by Zach Braff, probably best known for his role as John “J.D.” Dorian in the long-running hospital sitcom Scrubs. Braff wrote and directed the films Garden State (2004) and Wish I Was Here (2014).
2. In keeping with Braff’s Scrubs roots, All New People is written as a sitcom style comedy. And while the play is not being filmed in front of a live studio audience, the effect is still the same (minus the retakes).
3. Tell us if you’ve heard this one before: a real estate agent, a fireman and a “working girl” walk into a bar. Well, not a bar exactly, but they all do make an appearance in Charlie’s life just as he is about to end it all.
4. The production features a quartet of up-and-coming Vancouver actors including Cameron Dunster, Kevin Parr, Jill Raymond and Taylor Hastings.
5. Critics have called All New People “consistently and sometimes sensationally funny” and “full of rimshot jokes that harken to Braff’s slick sitcom pedigree”.
All New People plays the Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver) January 19-30. Visit http://benbilodeauproductions.com for tickets and information.