Geoffrey Simon Brown, Leanne Govier, Joe Perry, Eliza Benzer, Daniel Fong & Brett Dahl in Alberta Theatre Projects ‘The Circle’. Photo Credit: Kenneth Locke
By Geoffrey Simon Brown
It’s a high school garage party Friday night in suburbia.
Amanda is a genius. Ily is a drug dealer. Kit is a runaway. Mutt is a mess. Will has ADHD. Daniel is the son of a priest.
Everyone’s a bit too drunk and a bit too stoned. Everyone’s uncomfortable in their own skin. Everyone’s looking for a place to belong.
How far will things stretch without breaking?
Brown has a facility for digging beyond the tough guy personas into the fears and insecurities of his characters, a bunch of high school students with wildly varying prospects for the future — in other words, not so different from anyone’s kids.Calgary Herald
As I watched The Circle with all its verbal, physical and emotional violence, I kept thinking this must have been what it was like back in 1956 at London’s Royal Court Theatre for the premiere of John Osborne’s 'Look Back in Anger', a play that ushered in and defined a generation.Calgary Sun
The Circle unfolds, almost in real-time over the course of an evening — a hazy, lazy garage party with an ill-fitted crew of millennial misfits who finally end up pushing their luck a little too far in the name of a good time.Calgary Herald
It’s hard not to like 'The Circle'… a script that is very real, very now and unexpectedly poetic.Globe and MailJ. Kelly Nestruck
★★★★...gritty, ground breaking theatreCalgary Sun
Brown’s a talented theatrical voice with an ability to find both poetry and lots of humour in his teenage characters’ livesCalgary Herald