Reviews: Fool for Love

We’ve already had an amazing response to our first show. Below you will find some encouraging reviews from reviewers and audience members. Make sure you snag a ticket for tonight or tomorrow – only two performances left.

Kaitlin Williams and Joel Butler as May and Eddie

Kaitlin Williams and Joel Butler as May and Eddie

“…a blazing love story well-told, with powerful, committed performances, strong monologue work, and careful direction that makes the most of the Havana’s tight and intimate space.”
– Richard Dixon, Audience Member

“How lucky are we to have a talented new theatre group to look forward to producing some quality theatre in the city, adding to the thriving arts scene? … Get ready for some high melodrama [in Fool for Love] mixed in with a dose of shock value and top notes of a psychological thriller! For their first outing, Clockwork Theatre has shown they are going to be a force to be reckoned with! Let’s hope they continue to bring noteworthy and sometimes controversial plays and productions to Vancouver audiences.”
– Alan Woo, Fun! Fun! Vancouver!

“Your production of Fool for Love is intimate and arresting, with truly fine performances… people – if you want to see the sort of acting that makes you feel like you’ve got a ringside seat to real people’s most intimate moments, check out this show.”
– Angela Konrad, Vancouver Director

“A master of the pause, Butler is particularly good here as he simmers, never rushing a constrained performance that wonderfully contrasts the unyielding nature of their violent interactions, mostly of the emotional kind. Newly returned to Vancouver stages, Butler is definitely one to keep an eye on. Williams in contrast is the louder of the two, turning on a dime telling Eddie she no longer loves him in one breath, and professing her unending desire for him to be in her life in the next. There is a chemistry between the two that is fully realized.”
– Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents.

“I am completely stunned by the performances I saw tonight. Everyone exceeded my expectations and it’s the best work I’ve seen of Kaitlin. The relationship between Joel and Kaitlin as Eddie and May is absolutely captivating.”
– Audience Member

“Some terrific performances in @clockworkthtr Fool For Love. A really nice pace and actors not afraid of taking a pause.”
– Vancouver Presents, Twitter Post

“An amazing piece of theatre – a must see! Such powerful performances, captivating monologues, and great direction. I’m going to see it a second time!”
Jody Roberts, Audience Member

 

Introducing: Joel Butler

Last night Clockwork Theatre launched its inaugural production, Fool for Love, at the Havana Theatre in Vancouver. We won’t lie – it went exceptionally well and we are quite pleased with our first production and hope for many more to come.

Today we’d like to take the time to introduce the incredible, Joel Butler, who has taken on the diverse and complex character of Eddie. Joel has been an absolute treat to work with. His insight and dedication to Sam Shepard’s dysfunction story has driven this production one step further and we are extremely grateful for it.

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Classically trained, Joel Butler has played roles from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams, working with local theatre companies and professional the like. Taking on Roles like ‘Jerry’ In Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story and ‘Ben’ in Things that go bump in the night by Terrance McNally, Joel finds himself attracted to the more gritty realism that these works have to offer. After attending the American Academy of Dramatic arts, Joel has come back to his hometown of Vancouver to pursue theatre and keep his passion thriving with works such as Fool For Love. He writes plays and short films in his spare time and also happens to be a Hip-Hop MC (Yes, really) and will be working on a Jazz/ Rap album starting in the summer. Joel is very excited to be a part of Clockwork Theatres inaugural production of this great work by Sam Shepard and can’t wait for everyone to come see it!

We couldn’t agree more – come check out Joel and the rest of the Fool for Love cast and crew. Remaining performances are this evening, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm at the Havana Theatre.

Introducing: Patrick Dodd

After a crazy weekend of tech, we thought we’d take the time to introduce the crazy Patrick Dodd. Please note that “crazy” here refers to “unbelievably kind, undoubtedly funny, and unconditionally cool”.

-3Patrick Dodd returned to the wonderful world of theatre in 2014 in the form of improv, and since October has been performing weekly with Instant Theatre Company (check him out every Sunday evening at the Havana Theatre). As of February he is also a cast member of the VFS Sketch Company and the improv group National Anthem, and can be seen in various other improv and comedy shows around Vancouver.

The naturally talented Patrick has a B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from McGill and a M.Eng. in Clean Energy from UBC and he works for Mantra Energy Alternatives, a sustainable technology company. Say, what?

What little spare time Patrick has is devoted to useless pastimes such as sewing bow ties. He is honoured and ecstatic to be a part of Clockwork Theatre’s production of Fool For Love. Check out his upcoming performance as Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest (Beach House Theatre), August, 2015.

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Patrick as Martin, practicing his landscaping skills.

One last fun fact: Patrick Dodd is one of three Patrick’s who had helped out with the show. He is playing a character named “Martin” and the director’s husbands name is Patrick Martin. It has been confusing at times, but we like to up the long-dead joke.

Introducing: Kaitlin Williams

With less than a week away until our preview and opening, we’d like to take the time to introduce the beyond talented, Kaitlin Williams. If you haven’t already seen her work on Vancouver Stages such as Pacific Theatre and the Arts Club, or performing with indie theatre companies, we highly recommend coming to see “Fool for Love”. As the only female actor in the production, Kaitlin’s tenacity and moxie as May is sure to get you talking.

Kaitlin also works as a Costume Designer with companies such as Hardline Productions and Delinquent Theatre, and to top it all of she’s one of the nicest people you will ever meet.

Read her full bio below:

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Kaitlin is a Vancouver theatre artist and works primarily as an actor and costume designer. Some recent acting credits include: The Foreigner (Arts Club), It’s a Wonderful Life, the Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Doubt(Pacific Theatre), Mother Tongue (Wild Excursions) and Debts (ITSAZOO). She recently designed the costumes for Stationary: a Recession Era Musical (Delinquent). Up next she will be performing in Rip Van Winkle: the Musical at the Revolver Festival and Shake the Sheets at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Kaitlin completed her BFA at the University of Victoria. She lives in a tiny apartment with her husband in East Van and loves vintage clothing, composting and good wine.

Learn more about her upcoming projects at: www.kaitlinwilliams.com (Clockwork Theatre highly recommends you do).

Introducing: CJ McGillivray

Read all about Fool for Love‘s sound designer, CJ McGillivray. This girl is involved in so many facets of the theatre, as a playwright, actor, sound designer, and more. We’re sure you’ll come across her work multiple times in the future, if you have not already. Why? Because she’s talented and determined, and that’s exactly what the theatre needs.

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Through her studies in Acting for Stage and Screen at Capilano University, CJ McGillivray fostered a passion for script development, musical composition and sound design. Her recent experience represents a broad range of absurd comedy and intimate drama. Past production roles include director and sound designer for Last Night (Sacred Space Festival), sound designer for Antigone (Theatre Pandora), sound designer for Writers Block (Dark Day Theatre) and assistant stage manager for Macbeth (Carousel Theatre). Her ear is often drawn to gentle acoustic soundscapes that compliment the drama unfolding on stage. Apart from her exploration of dissonance and harmony, CJ McGillivray is incredibly passionate about the ethical representation of mental illness and trauma through the avenue of self expression. She is honoured to be working with Clockwork Theatre as the sound designer on their upcoming production of Fool for Love.

For more information on CJ McGillivray’s theatre and film work, please visit her website: www.cjmcgillivray.com