This Is Our Youth
Reviewed By Roshael Slezash
I went to the Revue Stage at Granville Island to attend the opening performance of the play “This Is Our Youth” presented by Midtwenties Theatre Society and Red Gate Arts Society.
The play starts pitch black and opens on Dennis (Zack Currie) hanging out in his bachelor apartment. He is visited by Warren (Quinn Hinch) who has come over after being thrown out of his home by his father. While paying Dennis back for his $200 debt, Warren admits that he’s taken $15,000 from his father.
Dennis fears what Warren’s father will do when he finds out about it so he begins a drug dealing scheme of how they will make up for the stolen funds. This leads to an endless bitter argument between them both that never seems to end. I am in my seat feeling as if I am in the front row of a boxing match in full swing.
Currie does a great job on stage as Dennis, a masculine figure and a loose cannon, comically berating Warren about everything and anything. Warren’s reactions are like toddler temper tantrums and he is the same angry, loud, and defensive person towards Jessica (Mackenzie Cardwell), his love interest.
Jessica is invited over to party along with Dennis’ girlfriend (who we never actually meet). It is fascinating to watch how Jessica and Warren interact while waiting for Dennis and his girlfriend to return with champagne and drugs. Although they keep butting heads during their very angry and loud conversation, it’s during this time that we find out some of the hardships that Warren has gone through with dropping out of school, and about the death of his sister. Hinch does a good job as an awkward boy in love but how he was able to get the headstrong and opinionated Jessica to accept his invitation to spend the night at the Plaza is beyond me as I did not feel any authentic connection between these two characters.
When Dennis finds out that even more of the stolen funds were during the escapade that Warren and Jessica had, he suggests that Warren must sell the prized memorabilia of toys, records, and Toaster Amazing, the only possessions that he had brought along from home. The original script, written by Kenneth Lonergan, was set in the Reagan Era so the main toy was a 1966 Major Matt Mason and the records, like The Mothers, were from that time. It is strange how these are referenced as Warren’s childhood collection as this version of This Is Our Youth is set in current “Trump” times.
It is an interesting play to watch as it is about loyalty and betrayal in relationships and about becoming an adult; and worth seeing just to find out what eventually happens in the end.
This Is Our Youth was an ambitious project for amateur director Beau Han Bridge to attempt for his first production. I look forward to future presentations from Midtwenties Theatre Society.
This is Our Youth will be performing at the Revue Stage on Granville Island July 19, 21 – 23 at 7 pm / July 15 – 16 & 22 – 23 at 3 pm. Tickets are $20. www.mtstheatre.com