Kemp, a self-centered bank employee, receives a letter from his aunt Grace. Alone and ill, she feels the end is near. Without a second’s hesitation, Kemp packs his bags and rushes across the country to be at “Auntie’s” side. To his great surprise, and irritation, she appears to be getting better. This Canadian play reveals the solitude borne by the unloved through humour and tenderness, with a twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Featuring: Doreen Brownstone & Michael Spencer-Davis
Running Time: approx. 2 hours, including intermission
"Uproarious laughter greets black comedy." "The play abounds with wonderful one-liners (and) great plot twists." -- Winnipeg Free Press, of the 1997 PTE production featuring Doreen Brownstone
“…a lovely contemplation on life, loneliness and old age, sneakily sweetened with enough dark humor to break down one's normal reserve. – examiner.com
“Morris Panych's script is an absolute gem, so much so that it almost leaves me speechless.” – Austin Chronicle
Bob says: "At 92 years old, Doreen Brownstone is the grande dame of Winnipeg’s theatre community, and lobbied for work at the 2013 Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts during her acceptance speech for Lifetime Achievement. I was happy to oblige and cast her to reprise her role as the Auntie in Morris Panych’s dark comedy, Vigil, which she played in PTE’s 1997 production. While Doreen’s pitch from the podium didn’t hurt, I was already looking for a way to bring her back to our stage. You can’t help but love Doreen, both for her genuine heart and her talent. This role is perfect for her.”
- "VIGIL is a must see. Darkly funny and profoundly touching. Bravo" - n. g. near (see more comments)
"My two cents:PTE's VIGIL is a hilarious must-see."
- Josh Benoit
- "...lots of sharp, nasty one-liners...lots of silly, farcical comedy too..." ''this (is) a worthwhile VIGIL" -- CBC Manitoba (see more comments)
Four stars – “Dark comedy gets a light touch”
– Winnipeg Free Press
“Make sure you’re ready for a darkly good time. Vigil certainly brings the laughs in spades.”
– Only in the Peg.com
"The production was extremely engaging and had the whole audience roaring through a good portion of the show."
-- The Living Scene
- Apprentice Director Kelly Rae Jenken takes you behind the scenes for a glimpse of the process of bringing VIGIL to life on the stage.
- "I was urbane, witty, understand?...Well, perhaps not witty, but I was droll. I ate in restaurants where they serve things you wouldn't even dream of eating, portions so tiny that nobody even went to the bathroom!" - Michael Spencer-Davis as Kemp
- PTE Artistic Director Robert Metcalfe chats about why VIGIL is so funny and how Winnipeg's Grande Dame of theatre, Doreen Brownstone, figured into his decision to include it in the 2014-2015 season.