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Preview: None of the Above at MainLine Theatre

Posted by Christine / November 26, 2013

1385548_176746705861204_1997543198_n.jpg Presented by Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal and directed by Trevor Barrette and Michelle Lewis, None of the Above debuts tonight at MainLine Theatre and runs until the 30th.

Tonight's show marks the play's Canadian premiere. Written by Jenny Lyn Bader, None of the Above is set in present day New York City and touches upon a wide array of issues, such as: the stresses of student life, entitlement, and the assumptions we make about each other. At the center of all this is Jamie Silver, a 17-year-old in her final year at a high-end private school in the Upper East Side. She is a party-going socialite, a small-time drug dealer on the side, and her very last priority is doing well on her SATs. Enter 22-year-old Clark, a genius, no-nonsense scholarship kid with big debts, who is hired by Jamie's father to get her score from an 1800 to a perfect 2400 - or he sees none of the money.

"One issue that we can all relate to is the growing gap between rich and poor," said co-director Michelle Lewis. "The two characters in this play are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Jamie comes from a background where up until recently money was just something she always had. To Clark, money is something he's had to fight and work for; while he watched others throw it away. Whether we identify personally with either of their situations, the concepts of entitlement and the disparity between the richest and poorest is on the world's mind right now. If someone walks away from the play thinking they should be a little less quick to judge someone from a different background, social class, or whatever the case may be, then the play has done its job."

Despite their differences, Jamie and Clark are able to connect over these tensions and even work together to overcome them.

"At its core, this piece is about two things for me: how we learn to trust, and how to play." said actor Scott Humphrey, who plays Clark. "When we meet Jamie and Clark, they both feel pressured to work hard in order to succeed, but both have lost their willingness to just 'play'."

What resonated with Lily Maclean, who plays Jamie, was the way the characters in None of the Above experience pain together.

"The play teaches us very simply that our pain cannot be greater or lesser than another's, but it can be an aid to helping us understand other people's pain, healing it, and through this, our pain gets better too."

None of the Above is being shown at MainLine Theatre, 3997 St-Laurent.

There will be 7 shows. Tuesday to Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Tuesday and Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets: $20, $15 (students/seniors), $12 (groups)

Reservations: 514-849-3378 or online here.

Official promotional photograph.

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