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Helen Lawrence

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Visual artist Stan Douglas and screenwriter Chris Haddock take film noir to high-tech heights in this 2015 Next Wave Festival offering, placing their actors in a cinematic landscape of seedy hotels and skid-row streets. More…

It's Vancouver, 1948. and a slew of hardboiled bookies, crooked cops, and an enigmatic blond named Helen are all trying to tame the derelict city and their pasts by whatever boozy, pill-popping means necessary. Banter crackles and a killer eludes in this two-toned world of sketchy politics and simmering racial tensions. raising the femme fatale and fedora to new technological heights. Actors perform in front of blue screens as camera-controlled software inserts them into a meticulous landscape of seedy hotels and skid-row streets—projected as a completed film on stage.

1h 35m | Already closed | BAM - Fishman Space (Brooklyn)

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October 15th, 2015
"'Helen Lawrence,' a theater-meets-cinema multimedia production, part of BAM's Next Wave Festival, is not to be missed. The clever, ambitious effort, the brainchild of Canadian Stage, is hypnotic to watch...The storytelling is sharp, but it's the double-vision trick that ups the artistic ante."
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October 20th, 2014
for a previous production "An entertaining, multi-media presentation hampered by a thin script...During the first five minutes, you tend to be overwhelmed by the show's live action onstage enhanced by its larger-than-life, black-and-white close-up projection on a scrim in front of the actors. But the technical ingenuity s...
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August 25th, 2014
for a previous production "Perhaps you're a fan of the theatre. What you like is the moment-by-moment thrill of seeing actors perform and a story unfolding in your imagination. Or maybe you're more of a movie buff. You prefer to be immersed in a cinematic dream. Either way, you'll be frustrated by 'Helen Lawrence', a mult...
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August 31st, 2014
for a previous production "Flashy but flawed...The show is a technically impressive fusion of live performance and projected images...So far so clever, but it’s as if Douglas developed the technique then went in search of a story to justify it...The production leaves us between two stools. As a piece of theatre, it offers...
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