Arts Club | ON TOUR
Henry and Alice: Into the Wild
By Michele Riml
The hilarious sequel to Sexy Laundry
Those crazy kids from the Arts Club’s smash hit Sexy Laundry are back! And this time Henry and Alice are camping—sort of! Forced to examine their relationship in the tangle of the wilderness—including collapsing tents, uninvited guests, and their own particular style of alfresco “cuisine”—they just might discover how to survive a true mid-life crisis.
|On Tour In These Communities|
Theatres and Ticketing Ordering Information
North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts (at Capilano University)
Jan 9, 2013
Kay Meek Centre
Jan 10–12, 2013
Jan 14, 2013
Surrey Arts Centre
Jan 15–26, 2013
Audio described performance on January 26, at 4pm
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
Jan 28, 2013
Evergreen Cultural Centre
Jan 29–Feb 2, 2013
The ACT Arts Centre & Theatre in Maple Ridge
Feb 3, 2013
"Snappy dialogue and charming performances" —Erika Thorkelson, The Vancouver Sun [Read More]
"If funny, warm and fuzzy is what you’re looking for, look no further" —Jo Ledingham, The Vancouver Courier [Read More]
"Playwright feels call of the wild" — Province interview with Michele Riml [Read More]
Praise for Sexy Laundry:
"Riml hits all the right notes here. In addition to being hilarious, Sexy Laundry is observant, moving, risqué, and even a bit of a tear jerker" —The Vancouver Sun
"While their sparring provides much hilarity, between the barbs are painful and touching moments of a couple scraping the dark corners of their marriage" —L.A. Weekly
"What a delightful mixture of humour, wickedness and slapstick comedy while dealing with a serious topic"
"Henry and Alice: Into the Wild is more than just Sexy Laundry moved to the forest! Though we still see remnants of Henry's inflexible nature and Alice's single-mindedness, there are enough new wrinkles to not only keep the audience roaring with laughter but also enjoy some new insights into their lives. The addition of Alice's sister to the action provides some excellent opportunities for some dandy zingers! But be warned these might leave some audience members of both sexes squirming in their seats! We thoroughly enjoyed Michele Riml's latest romp into the world of Henry and Alice. Her ability to dissect relationships and find not only the humor but the underlying affection is wonderful!"
"Another great show at The Arts Club. Wonderful story that we can all identify with, especially as we get older and become low on the work totem pole! Terrific acting from a great cast and a wonderful set—can I please go camping there? Andrew Wheeler is so Henry…confused, doubtful, unsure yet at the same time totally believable. I loved Alice—Pottery Barn and all. The singing is wonderful and we all have a sister who drives us crazy yet loves us warts and all. So glad I saw this show and have recommended it to my friends. I even 'got' the humour :)"
"An excellent summary of the trials life, love, and marriage in mid-life shown realistically—where else would you get to relax enough to review your life situations than when camping! The dialogue is very fast-paced, leaving little time to express appreciation of the good repartee and messaging so listen hard! It’s worth it"
"Enjoyed the show immensely!"
"Awesome!! Great cast and story. One of our faves of the season"
"We found the show very funny! Great actors"
"Enjoyed it thoroughly. As usual, the stage management & scenery were exceptional. The subtle lighting changes and sound made the scene so realistic for the times of day, as it passed. Impressive"
"With seasoned, talented veterans acting out a well-written script, this play was very enjoyable to view (It didn't hurt that the theme was quite relevant to me either!)"
"We really enjoyed the play—loved Alice's free spirited sister. The scene with Alice riding the motorcycle was hilarious! Talented actors. Great set. The local references was a nice touch"
"Great show. Would definitely recommend it to anyone. Friends of Beverley's so that made it extra special"
"I love going to the Arts Club and I love seeing a Michele Riml play. She never fails to deliver. Don't worry if you haven't seen the prequel, Sexy Laundry. Into the Wild was witty and fun, intermixed with the realities of today's tougher times and long relationships. If you've ever questioned what makes you really happy or survived the perils of camping with a spouse, you will totally relate. It's good fun and I thought the actors were all charming and real. And the set was super cool--probably the best I have seen at the AC in a while. Best line for me, "Todd sent over this bottle of wine and apologizes for waking you up at 9pm on a Friday night". My goodness, that is camping life for sure!"
"I thoroughly enjoyed this production. The humor was terrific, absolutely spot on! The production was hilarious from start to finish, and very well acted & directed, I thought. Great entertainment. Thank you!"
"A very enjoyable evening. It is touching when Henry and Alice realize it is the love for each other and children that will allow them to overcome all life challenges"
"This was an outstanding play—we loved it!! It was full of laughs, great acting from all three main characters, great set, and a really strong message. Loved it!! Everyone should see this play"
"Fabulous acting. Loved it from start to finish!"
"What is so great about Michele Riml's production is that I have personal experiences close to what she writes about. This allows me to laugh at my heartache and leave the theatre with hope"
"The show was amazing! We LOVED it! Hilarious! Thank you for the laughs! Well done!"
—Doug and AnnLee
"What a funny play and the actors were exceptional! I won't give any of the story away, but it is definitely worth seeing. Everyone in the audience laughed and enjoyed it as much as I did"
"An awesome show! The set was spectacular, the script was hilarious and the actors were right on the mark. They captured the classic mars venus banter between husband and wife in a comical and relatable way. My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed this show and laughed out. A must see!"
"My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed attending this production as the story line definitely touched the majority of the playgoers as we all roared with laughter at various incidents and yet, felt much empathy for the characters in the more somber moments. As fellow RV'ers, we could understand a tenter's terror of being next to a monstrous, noisy, motor home! To include sibling rivalry was also important as every family has its issues. We just felt that this particular play was extremely believable, especially with the economic situation we are presently facing. Well done with the talented actors, good writing from the story writer, well-produced, excellent backdrop"
Behind the Scenes
Artistic team is subject to change
By Michele Riml
Starring Andrew Wheeler, Deborah Williams, Beatrice Zeilinger
Director Andrew McIlroy
Set and Lighting Designer Ted Roberts
Costume Designer Kendra Cooper
Sound Designer Geoff Hollingshead
Dramaturg Rachel Ditor
Stage Manager Louis-Marie Bournival
Assistant Stage Manager Sarah Pearson
Photo credit: Susinn McFarlen. Photo by David Cooper