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Daniel MacIvor’s 2002 OBIE Winner “In on It” Is a Wonderfully Theatrical Two-Man Show

Matthew Hager (left) and Gregor McElvogue star in "In on It" at Manbites Dog Theater May 24-June9 (photo by Alex Maness)

Matthew Hager (left) and Gregor McElvogue star in "In on It" at Manbites Dog Theater May 24-June 9 (photo by Alex Maness)

On May 24-26, May 31-June 3, and June 6-9, Manbites Dog Theater of Durham, NC will conclude its four-show 2011-12 season with In on It, a wonderfully theatrical two-man show by prize-winning 49-year-old Canadian actor, playwright, screenwriter, and theater and film director Daniel MacIvor.

First produced in 2001 by da da kamera, a Toronto theater company that MacIvor helped found and then served as artistic director, In on It premiered at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver, B.C. In 2002, the warmly applauded Off-Broadway debut production of In on It earned MacIvor an OBIE Award and a GLAAD award.

Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern managing director Dana Marks will direct the Manbites Dog Theater production of In on It, which stars Matthew Hager and Gregor McElvogue.

When the curtain rises, Manbites Dog Theater says on its website, “Two men struggle to create a play. Two lovers fight to save a relationship. And a man with nothing left to lose makes plans for the end. Three mysteriously intertwining stories about love, loss, and laughter.”

And the Playwrights Guild of Canada describes In on It as: “A spiraling narrative about a dying man trying to make plans for the end, a pair of lovers trying to make it work and two men trying to make a play. A world where accidents happen. A story about control. A play that keeps its options open.”

Either way, the dramatic possibilities of In on It are intriguing. But then as Anne Nothof of Athabasca University writes in an article on the play in the Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia: “Daniel MacIvor’s In on It … is a realization of the imaginative potential of ‘poor theatre.’ Two actors and a jacket on a bare stage evoke a world of love and loss; the ‘things that happen out of careful planning’ and the ‘things that happen over which we have no control’ — the arbitrary, unintentional, optional, life-changing things…. [This 2001 play] is a highly entertaining, engrossing, heart-breaking work — moving from intimate conversational style to histrionics, from ironic reflection and criticism to candid confession, from melodrama and parody to minimalist suggestive gesture. In on It makes you glad to be ‘in on’ this play — alive and at the theatre.”

Manbites Dog Theater presents IN ON IT at 8:15 p.m. May 24 Preview, 8:15 p.m. May 25 and 26, 8:15 p.m. May 31-June 2, 3:15 p.m. June 3, and 8:15 p.m. June 6-9 at Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.

TICKETS: $12 weeknights and $17 Friday-Saturday, except May 24th pay-what-you-can preview (door sales only, $5 minimum), $5 Student Rush Tickets, and $2 discount for seniors 62+ and active-duty military personnel.

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The Play: On It (Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia).

The Playwright: (official bio), MacIvor (Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia), (Playwrights Guild of Canada), and (Wikipedia).

The Director: (Artists Resource Agency).


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