Vancouver’s audiences and critics saw this show for what it really was: a ground-breaking and innovative piece of theatre, which impacted our community as much for its humility as its resonant intimacy. What follows is a sampling of our critical reviews.
“This Stays in the Room is simultaneously one of the humblest and most ambitious shows of the season. It is also one of the very best.” Colin Thomas – Georgia Straight
“This is raw, in-your-face, reality theatre. It resonates.” Tova Kornfeld – The Jewish Independent
“A beautiful mess that mirrors real life.” Cecilia Lu – Vancity Buzz
“This Stays in the Room is a unique and moving experience.” David C. Jones – Vancouver Presents
“It’s a tonic, a relief to see an intelligent evening of theatre that is truly, deeply human.” Paul Durras – BC Book World.
“Directed by the inimitable Mindy Parfitt…there’s something essentially theatrical—and rejuvenating—about the experience.” Colin Thomas – Georgia Straight
“No holds barred. No sacred cows.” On the Scene – Jo Ledingham
“Thanks to Parfitt and her team…it is an innovative, sensual feast.” Colin Thomas – Georgia Straight
“Confession is good for the soul. If that’s true, there’s a lot of ‘good’ happening at Gallery Gachet.” On the Scene – Jo Ledingham
“I’m so grateful to This Stays in the Room for reminding me that theatre can be as fresh, intimate—and surprising—as a kiss.” Colin Thomas – Georgia Straight
“This Stays in the Room at Gallery Gachet is SO well directed by Mindy Parfitt. Creative, generous, moving, gorgeous.” Colin Thomas – Georgia Straight
“Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre has crafted a complex and discordant 60 minutes that doesn’t hold the audience’s hand.” Cecilia Lu – Vancity Buzz
“Under the direction of Mindy Parfitt, and four brave and honest actors, this concept rises above the usual ‘artists talking about themselves’ and comes together beautifully.” David C. Jones – Vancouver Presents