Intrepid Theatre launched OUTstages Festival, Victoria’s first queer theatre festival. I just came back from watching A Quiet Sip of Coffee(or, this is not the play we’ve written) by Animal Parts from Toronto/NYC.
In the summer of 2004, Anthony and Nathan – self-proclaimed “gay-straight best friend duo” – undergo two weeks of gay conversion therapy in rural B.C. Years later, still struggling to come to terms with the events of that summer – and finding it impossible to agree on what exactly transpired – the friends reunite on stage to tell their conflicting stories.
I just happened to sit right in the middle of the theatre(which was a SOLD OUT show, by the way), and thanks to that (?), I got to participate in the play! Before the show, Anthony came over and asked me if I’d read couple lines during the show. Oh, OK. I was a bit nervous, but it was fun to participate.
The show is based on the true story, and of course there are a lot of fun/funny bits added. The fact that such a camp -gay conversion camp- exists, is truly messed up, but Anthony and Nathan(Both Studio 58 alumni)’s storytelling is superb and they really pulls you into the story they may or may not have written. It’s hard not to like these gay-straight best friend duo.
It’s hilarious, silly, crazy and heartbreaking. You will not regret seeing it. And what does the title mean? You just need to watch it to find out.
There is one more show of A Quiet Sip of Coffee at Intrepid Theatre Club(1609 Blanshard) on Sunday July 12, 2015 at 7pm.
Ticket might be sold out online at TicketRocket(I cannot find the link to the Sunday show), but there should be some left at the door.
OUTstages continues throughout the weekend until July 12th.