By Daniel MacIvor
December 4-21, 2014
Comedy at its purest" -The Toronto Star
The U.S. premiere of a new comedy. Kyle Best has been estranged from his brother, Hamilton, until their mother dies in a freak accident at a gay pride parade, crushed by a drunken drag queen. As the two brothers meet to iron out details of their mother’s funeral, they wrestle with the long-simmering questions of whom Mom loved more and who’ll get her dog. A hit at the Stratford Festival, this bittersweet comedy is surprising and touching. Directed by Brian Shnipper. Production Sponsored by Dana White.
What is The Best Brothers like? Should I see it?
A bittersweet comedy about family, furry friends, and the unforseen, unplanned moments in our lives -- The Best Brothers is sure to resonante with anyone who has had a spat with a sibling, felt an inseparable bond with a pet, or argued over the undeniable importance of chocolate cake. The perfect fit for those who enjoy the awkward laughs and sentimental tears that come from the [often forced] family relationships found in Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited, or the recent book-turned-film, This is Where I Leave You. Lover's of last season's Good People, or fans of the mismatched banter found in Neil Simon, Samuel Beckett, or Tom Stoppard plays will get swept up in the eccentricity of Kyle and Hamilton's brotherly relationship. Recommended ages 10 and up.
Daniel MacIvor (Playwright) has been creating theatre since 1986. A writer/performer/director and Artistic Director/Founder of da da kamera. His plays include Somewhere I Have Never Travelled, Yes I Am and Who Are You?, See Bob Run, Wild Abandon, This is a Play, 2-2 Tango, The Soldier Dreams, Marion Bridge, and You are Here and In On It. His play, Never Swim Alone won the award for Over All Excellence at the 1999 New York Fringe Festival and was remounted Off Broadway at the Soho Playhouse in 2000. With long-time collaborator Daniel Brooks, he has created The Lorca Play, House, and Here Lies Henry and Monster, which have travelled through Canada, the U.S., Europe, Israel, and Australia. Also a film-maker, Daniel's projects include writing the award winning short film "The Fairy Who Didn't Want to be a Fairy Anymore" and writing and directing "Parade" (with Brad Fraser), "Permission," "Until I Hear From You," and "Sydney That Summer" (for da da kamera). Daniel recently finished his first feature film, "Past Perfect." Daniel can also be seen in Thom Fitzgerald's "Beefcake", Don McKellar's CBC Series "Twitch City" and Jeremy Podeswa's film "The Five Senses," for which Daniel was nominated for a Genie Award for Best Performance as an Actor. The Village Voice and the New York theatre community recently honoured Daniel by presenting a Village Voice OBIE award to him in recognition of In On It.
- Book Club, December 10, 2014. Scripts are now available for checkout at the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 East Anapamu Street. Join other theatregoers for a lively discussion about the play from a literary and dramatic perspective. FREE!
- Pre-Show Talk, December 10 and 17, 2014 at 7:15 pm. Join us in the courtyard of The New Vic for an informative and insightful discussion about the play before you see it, sure to enhance your theatrical experience.
- Young Professionals Night, December 11, 2014 at 7:15pm. A chance for Young Professionals to mingle, network, and enjoy a show. Your ticket includes the performance and complimentary wine before the show.
- Martini Night, December 12, 2014 at 7:00pm; performance at 8:00pm. Free to ticket holders. Come early to enjoy a complimentary martini and mingle before the show.
- LGBT Pride Night, December 18, 2014 at 7:15pm. Celebrating Santa Barbara's LGBT community, your ticket includes the performance and complimentary wine before the show.
- Talk Back, December 18, 2014. Meet the cast after the show and discuss the production.