Hirsch comes home to Winnipeg!
And gets a hero’s welcome:
“An engaging and nuanced tribute to a giant of Canada’s cultural scene, a touching love letter to theatre itself, and a welcome homecoming for John Hirsch.” CBC Winnipeg
“Nashman fills the stage with a stirring performance… a fitting evocation of [Hirsch's] lasting impact on Canadian theatre.” ★★★★1/2 Winnipeg Free Press
Playing at MTC’s Tom Hendry Warehouse until Dec. 14, 2013
Hirsch in Edinburgh: “a revelatory little gem!”
Hirsch played in the Pleasance Forth from August 1 to 25, 2013. Word on the street was ecstatic, and then the reviews came in:
“There are moments during a fringe festival that grab you and hold every ounce of your being.”
★★★★★ The New Current
“Yes We Canada! Hirsch is a fantastic, passionate and informative piece of theatre, well written and brilliantly performed. Nashman had me gripped from start to finish. ★★★★ Broadway Baby
“You’d perhaps expect that a play about a gay, Jewish, Hungarian refugee who winds up in the badlands of Canada might have limited appeal to audiences at the Fringe. In fact, Alon Nashman and Paul Thompson’s Hirsch is a beautifully-written look at the life of one man, brought to life by Nashman’s thrilling performance.” ★★★★★ Spoonfed London
‘Hirsch is intelligent…endearing…impressive. Nashman is fantastically versatile.” ★★★★ No Borders Magazine
“Full of wit and humanity this is a touching, honest and revelatory little gem. An absorbing, powerful and touching portrayal of a contradictory character.” ★★★★ TVBomb Culture Magazine
“The performance is energetic, entertaining and yet also full of emotion…. This labour of love is a touching tribute.” The Stage
Hirsch, a New Play by Alon Nashman and Paul Thompson, premiered at the Stratford Festival of Canada in the summer of 2012. John Hirsch lived a thunderous, fractured life and knew joy’s greatest heights as well as the darkest corners of tragedy. An orphan of the Holocaust, adopted by Canada, he found his only true home in the theatre and became a controversial, flamboyant, inspiring and deeply influential director. Hirsch recounts his remarkable life story, and his complex relationship with actors.