The Flick

Described on Tuesday October 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm at the Arts Club Granville Island, 1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver | 604-687-1644 | Map

Tickets are $29 for VocalEye users, while they last. Please call the Box Office to purchase at 604-687-1644. This performance will be followed by a Talk Back with the cast.

VocalEye Members may reserve a Theatre Buddy at least 48 hours in advance by email or phone 604-364-5949.

Running time is 3 hours 15 minutes, including one intermission.

Described by Steph Kirkland

Set in a run-down movie theatre, this Pulitzer Prize–winning comic drama follows three underpaid ushers who’ll do anything to keep the beloved and endangered local landmark running. As they share their hidden hopes for the future, an intimacy forms among these outsiders who at first glance have only one thing in common. Sharp-witted and insightful, The Flick is a sideways look into the lives of young people navigating their place in the world.

Written by Annie Baker
Directed by Dean Paul Gibson


Sam and Rose are underpaid ushers who work in a run-down movie theatre. Rose also runs the movie projector.

Avery is a new usher, 21 years old and recently hired.

The action takes place inside The Flick, a run-down, old-fashioned movie house that hasn’t yet made the switch to digital and Dolby.


“In The Guardian, Michael Billington said this play ‘magically exposes the souls of lonely people’ [and] Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called this slow, subtle, Pulitzer winner ‘a work of art so strange and fresh that it definitely freaks people out’. Adventurers should enjoy this Arts Club offering.” –The Georgia Straight Critics’ Picks of the season

“In Annie Baker’s gorgeous, Pulitzer Prize-winning script The Flick, three employees of a movie theatre hang around, clean up, and talk. It’s slow and it’s minimalist—it goes on for three hours, including intermission—and, when it ended, I still wanted more. That’s because the script is so subtle, funny, and philosophically complex. For me, it’s about how difficult it is to know ourselves and to make connections with other people. And it’s about the beauty of our efforts.” -Colin Thomas

“It’s wonderful and sad and funny and, above everything else, it’s real, even profound. It takes three completely necessary hours to get there but it’s well worth the wait.” Jo Ledingham

The Flick is a great play that takes its time” -Vancouver Presents


Remember Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? The ushers in The Flick may inspire you to play. Here’s a link to the movie version of the game and a video with some fun facts:

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