Review: Any Night

Touchstone Theatre kicks off its 2009/2010 season with Any Night, a modern psychological thriller that at times was a roller coaster of intensity thanks to the great performances from both Daniel Arnold and Medina Hahn and in the structure of the story itself.

Anna (Hahn), who suffers from some serious dream and sleepwalking issues, moves into a new apartment and quickly finds the building’s caretaker Patrick (Arnold) inserting himself into her life.  Anna’s dreams and sleepwalking episodes intensify as the relationship with Patrick evolves and the realities of what that relationship really is becomes known.

Any Night
Medina Hahn and Patrick Arnold in Any Night.  Photo: Stephanie Hull

What really worked here was not only the obvious chemistry between Arnold and Hahn but in the structure of the play itself (Arnold and Hahn are also the playwrights).  Like a good roller coaster ride, there were so many “lifts and drops” throughout the show that I found myself being lifted into the sweetness of the budding romance only to be dropped back into the reality of what was really going on.

It is obvious each element of the show has been carefully crafted to work together, whether that was in the decision to use Anna’s bed as the central set focus from Set Designer David Fraser; in the decision to have Anna simply wear pajamas through the entire show from Costume Designer Erin Macklem; or, the two very different versions of Annie Lennox’s Sweet Dreams used in the show from Sound Designer Gord Heal.

Director Ron Jenkins brings it all together in what was indeed an enjoyable ride.

3 1/2 of 5 StarsAny Night
6 – 17 October 2009 @ 8pm (no shows October 11 & 12)
Matinees: October 10 & 17 @pm
Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street

A young woman suffering from sleepwalking and night terrors is drawn into a tender romance with the young man living above her. But how does he know her so well? A romantic thriller about privacy, paranoia, and the immeasurable power of the subconscious.

Tickets are $22 – $40 and are available through The Cultch’s Box Office by calling 604-251-1363. Save up to 40% on tickets when purchased with a Cultch subscription.  Visit http://www.thecultch.com for details.

Pay-What-You-Can: October 7
2-for-1 Tickets: October 8, 13 & 14
Post-show Artist Talkback: October 8

17 October 2009 @ 8pm (no shows October 11 & 12)
Matinees: October 10 & 17 @pm
Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street

A young woman suffering from sleepwalking and night terrors is drawn into a tender romance with the young man living above her. But how does he know her so well? A romantic thriller about privacy, paranoia, and the immeasurable power of the subconscious.

Tickets are $22 – $40 and are available through The Cultch’s Box Office by calling 604-251-1363. Save up to 40% on tickets when purchased with a Cultch subscription.  Visit http://www.thecultch.com for details.

Pay-What-You-Can: October 7
2-for-1 Tickets: October 8, 13 & 14
Post-show Artist Talkback: October 8

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