Six Fine Lines
3.5 stars out of 5
Stage 38, Auditorium At Campus Saint-Jean
Vancouver’s Mack Gordon explained to us that his perplexing show was “a big collage about this story I’m trying to tell” and that’s probably as accurate a description as any.
At its root, it’s a very literary piece “because language connects us,” so Gordon says, and he pulls quotes from Kahlil Gibran, Miriam Toews and others to introduce each section. Words like “ambivalent” are defined and discussed, and lyric poetry on everyday experience draws you in. A set of easel boards hold the quotes and organization of each chapter.
Over the hour he addressed life, the universe and everything, even Christmas, but the one running thread came in a series of intense conversations with a former female friend named Sarah (he relates both parts), someone he clearly misses.
In the midst of all this there were two odd breaks for short, amusing episodes of The Dating Game and Family Feud, staged with participants from the audience. Surprise, he’s also an excellent, witty game show host.
Earnest, enthusiastic, moving and entertaining, Gordon ultimately seemed a little lost or forlorn, as if trying to find something in fragments of his past, as if he needs to take his own advice, “to be content in the present.” But he’s so full of ideas you might want to take him for a beer after the show.