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A psychological thriller set in 1930s Vancouver, brought to you by the director of the 2011 masterpiece Red

Tear the Curtain!

Oct 7 - Oct 20, 2012
Bluma Appel Theatre
2 hrs, 30 mins

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Jonathon Young and Kevin Kerr
Kim Collier
Production contains strong language, theatrical haze, strobe lighting effects and replica fire arms
The Story
The Cast

★★★★ (out of 5) "stylish" "a rich pastiche" - Toronto SUN

NNNN (out of 5) "a fascinating puzzle of a production" - NOW Magazine

"prophetic" "stunning" - National Post

"ingenious" "brilliant fusion of two enduring art forms" - The Globe and Mail

an electric company production in association with vancouver's arts club theatre company presented by canadian stage

Tear the Curtain trailer Jonathon Young and Dawn Petten in Tear the Curtain!. Photo by David Cooper. Cast, Tear the Curtain!. Photo by David Cooper. Dawn Petten, Jonathon Young, and Laura Mennell. Photo by Tim Matheson. Jonathon Young and Laura Mennell. Photo by Tim Matheson. Jonathon Young. Photo by Tim Matheson. Laura Mennel and Jonathon Young. Photo by Tim Matheson. Laura Mennell and Jonathon Young. Photo by Tim Matheson. Laura Mennell. Photo by Tim Matheson.

Alex is a jaded theatre critic in a gritty film noir rendition of 1930s Vancouver. When he falls for the screen siren Mila, he's caught dangerously between two warring mob families – one controlling the city’s playhouses, the other its cinemas. At the dawn of the Talkies, can Alex tear through the artifice of these art forms without selling his soul – or losing his mind?

In this new production of the genre-bending West Coast hit, the action moves from screen to stage and back again, resulting in a groundbreaking hybrid theatrical experience.

A penetrating examination of art and our human need to both create and consume it, Tear the Curtain! blurs the boundaries between film and theatre in a stylish psychological thriller brought to life by director and Canadian Stage Resident Artist Kim Collier.

Produced by Nathan Medd, Bill Millerd, Oliver Linsley.

The Editor, Gance, Mobster - David Adams
Detective, Blin, Barney, Quincy - Scott Bellis
Kristian, Corporal Fox, Captain, Reporter, Clive - Craig Erickson
Sender, Reporter, Mobster - Hiro Kanagawa
Max Pamploni, Reporter, Fish - Tom McBeath
Mila Brook - Laura Mennell
Mavis - Dawn Petten
Patrick Dugan, Reporter, Oskar, Mobster - Gerard Plunkett
Stanley Lee - James Fagan Tait
Alex Braithewaite - Jonathon Young

Director - Kim Collier
Co-Director - Jonathon Young
Writer Jonathon -Young
Writer - Kevin Kerr
Co-Creator - Kim Collier
Director of Photography - Brian Johnson
Production Designer - David Roberts
Propsmasters - Michael Gall, Robin Volk
Editor - Alex Craig
Costume Designer - Nancy Bryant
Composer - Peter Allen
Sound Design & Re-recording Mixer - Miguel Nunes
Lighting Designer - Alan Brodie
Video Wrangler - Michael Sider
Stage Manager - Jan Hodgson
Assistant Stage Manager - Jennifer Swan
Producers - Nathan Medd, Bill Millerd, Oliver Linsley


  • National Post: "prophetic" "stunning"
  • Toronto SUN: 4 stars (out of 5) "stylish" "a rich pastiche"
  • NOW Magazine: 4 Ns (out of 5) "a fascinating puzzle of a production"
  • The Globe and Mail: "ingenious" "brilliant fusion of two enduring art forms"
  • The Scene in TO: “Theatrical genius with a cinematic twist” “a visual spectacle that is flawlessly executed” “some of the most inventive work I have seen”
  • BlogTO: "Tear the Curtain is a thinkie, not a talkie"
  • Theatromania: "a thrilling show that must be seen to be believed"
  • The Slotkin Letter: "Kim Collier’s latest vivid, imagistic, startling creation"
  • POST City Magazine: "mesmerizing"
  • The Charlebois Post Toronto: "This show is so incredibly unique and so well executed that it needs to be seen." "Canadian Stage has made an excellent choice with this production" "Make the time."
  • Theatre Isn't Dead: “ingenious” “unlike anything I've ever seen before” “redefines what theatre is capable of.”
  • FAB Magazine : “somewhere beyond an intoxicating artistic hybrid into a world of its own.” “fun and thrilling” “an entertaining night out”
  • Mooney on Theatre: “a stylistic tour-de-force” “sleek and clever” “Tear the Curtain! is unlike anything I’ve seen before” “dazzling” “Go and be amazed”


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