Vancouver Fringe Festival review: What You Want puts the playwright process front and centre
Ever wonder what goes on inside a playwright’s mind as he crafts his work for the stage? Vancouver’s Andrew Templeton puts his process front and centre in What You Want: his four actors (Russell Bennett, Gillian Bennett, Sean Tyson, and Rachel Aberle) play two fictional couples, but interspersed with their story are snippets in which he uses them as mouthpieces for his own candid and often playful reflections on the writing. The fictional world is full of fresh, often risqué, comedy about dating and sex, but Templeton, who also directed, has equal fun with his metatheatricality, getting the actors entangled in arguments over what’s scripted and what’s not, and whether they are embodying the character or the playwright. The cast delivers with panache, and the women deserve special praise, Bennett for her winning groundedness and Aberle for her effervescent sass.
At Havana on September 16 (9:15 p.m.), 17 (10 p.m.), and 18 (9:30 p.m.)