"Heart-breakingly honest and side-splittingly funny, this Last Chance At Fertility fable is Sharon's most sophisticated work to date, melding divergent theatrical disciplines (Clowning, Music, Movement, Story telling, Greek Choral Comedy, Modern Memory Play) into a cohesive, irreverently sensitive, endlessly surprising whole."
– Richard Newman, actor, director, musician
"Despite all the mechanical and enlightened advancements of the 21st century, love and sex and reproduction are still heartbreaking concerns and the juxtaposition used in this play of clever lyrics, stylized fantasies and buffoon cruelty emphasize the moral and rational ambiguities of our age. We know lots and we still know nothing."
– Marilyn Norry, actor, dramaturg, writer, producer
"Rose, a single woman whose biological clock is ticking furiously, is the protagonist of Sharon Heath’s brand new musical comedy 39 ... and Ticking! presented by Full Figure Theatre at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. The action takes place in Rose's apartment. Though, just about all the dialogue takes place in her overworked imagination.
Lisa Beley is totally convincing as the “wannabe” mother. Joan MacLean, Cheryl Mullen and Lisa Bunting cover all the bases as the myriad of Rose’s quixotic voices. Mullen justifies some canny casting as Rose’s zany boyfriend. MacLean, who also collaborates with Ted Hamilton in scoring the original music, grounds the show with a solid performance as the redoubtable Mom. I personally enjoyed Bunting’s delightfully uninhibited burlesque in the show’s most engaging songs like Confession (Boy, we’ve had a lot of sex).
Bill Costin deserves special praise for his dogged on-stage accompaniment on the twenty new songs, many of which reprised throughout the show and Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg’s sui generis choreography is an intriguing element.
On the production side, the mise-en-scene is astutely multi-functional. The emphatic use of the colour red provides a dramatic visual impact, presumably used for its strong symbolic reference to love, life and vitality - or perhaps, just because it’s the director’s favourite colour.
– John Jane