A Tuesday with Morrie at the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver

Vancouver Arts Club's Tuesdays with Morrie Brochure

Last night Bridget and I went to the Arts Club Theatre on Granville Island in Vancouver to watch Tuesdays with Morrie. In a word, it was amazing.

I read the Mitch Albom’s book, Tuesdays with Morrie, a number of years ago. My mom gave me a copy and told me I would enjoy it. As usual, she was right. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made me think about the special people in my life. You can’t ask for a whole lot more.

I don’t have a great memory for stories – I usually remember how I’ve felt when reading the stories, rather than the details of the story itself. This was the case with Tuesdays with Morrie too. When we arrived at the Arts Club last night I new I was going to really enjoy the play because I remembered how good the book made me feel.

The play included only two characters, Mitch (Warren Kimmel) and Morrie (Antony Holland), and a small set. The performance drew me in right away, a fly on the wall in Morrie’s den while both men meet every Tuesday. Holland was incredible as Morrie, from dancing at the beginning of the performance to shaking and being bedridden at the end, it didn’t feel like I was watching actors, it felt as though I was really there. Kimmel did a wonderful job as well – the chemistry between the two actors was phenomenal.

Tuesday with Morrie at the Arts Club Theatre only runs until August 26th – so go see the show. It was worth every penny…and tear.

Interviews with the actors and video reviews are available here.

Solid in-depth review from TheCommentary.ca
Georgia Straight review
Buy the book
Visit the Arts Club Theatre

BC Summer Holiday

Only 3 more sleeps until we get to go houseboating for a week. I’m pretty excited to get to drive all the way to Cranbrook, BC, before getting on the houseboat because it will make it feel like a number of mini-holidays within our week-long adventure.

It’s been a crazy week so far and it’s only Tuesday morning – but it will all be worth it when I’m sipping pints of beer, wearing my party shirt, and jumping in and out of the lake as required.

Isn’t summer in BC great!

UPDATE: Here are some pics from our BC Summer Holiday, houseboating near Cranbrook, BC.

LCD & Plasma TVs

LCD TVs

I’ve been shopping around for a big screen TV for my parents for about a year now. Last month we finally decided to buy.

Dad and I made a trip to Future Shop, after having visited London Drugs, Best Buy, and Costco, and we finally settled on a Samsung 40″ LCD TV and a Samsung home theatre system.

My folks have a very large living room with big windows that flood the room with sunlight. After looking at a lot of different big screen TVs, we settled on the 40″ LCD for a few reasons…

LCD TVs don’t reflect light off their screens – so my parents can now watch TV with the blinds open. It’s really nice to be able to watch a golf tournament on TV in the middle of summer without having to make the living room dark to make out what’s on the screen.

LCD TVs are now at a reasonable price-point for models 40″ and smaller.

The LCD TV is much narrower than a projection LCD TV, which has a better pricepoint.

LCD TVs look great – the picture is amazing.

While Plasma TVs offer more screen for the money, the reflection on Plasma TVs was the biggest reason we opted for the LCD TV.

We bought the LCD TV setup from a really nice woman at the Future Shop on Broadway in Vancouver. I forget her name but she was the only woman salesperson I saw in the electronics department – she’s a self-proclaimed “geek” – and she knew her stuff inside and out. If I can find her business card I’ll contact her and see if she’d like me to put her email address here.

I’ve got a 36″ CRT TV at home and I’m looking forward to an excuse to get an LCD sometime in the near future.

For more info on LCD TVs, Plasma TVs, or for a comparison of display technology.