Hello, I must be going

On Friday night, I and two friends went to the Shadbolt Centre in Burnaby to see a powerhouse of a play called, Hello, I must be going.  It has finished it’s run at the Shadbolt, but it is likely to turn up again as it is on tour this 2009-2010 season. I’ll try to find out where it’s going next.

Bessie Wapp and her mother Judy wrote the play based on family letters and remembrances of growing up in Lithuania and fleeing persecution under the Czar, Alexander III. Woven into the play are heart rendering scenes of what happens to the women in the village when it is taken over by Germans in the World War II, and action that takes place in Minneapolis, Minnesota where one of the family has immigrated.

Bessie Wapp plays all the parts, shifting character and generation as swiftly as she can put on an apron or cover head or shoulders with a shawl.  The stage sets are minimal and versatile. Bessie never leaves the stage, but in our imaginations, she has changed countries, changed her age, played the part of a child and then an aunt and then a grandmother.

It’s a play with a message and the message is powerful – and it’s all based on a true life experiences.   Try to see it if you can.

The web site for Twin Fish Theatre who has produced the play, is:



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2 Responses to “Hello, I must be going”

  1. wrjones Says:

    I might go but I would like a little more upscale theater title than “Twin Fish”

  2. lookingforbeauty Says:

    I’m with you on this topic. I would not have thought that Twin Fish would be a selling point for theatre!

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