About the Show
A dramatic comedy about love and branding.
Caroline Larion is the middle-aged creative director at the local advertising company 'Zenspiration' and secretly in love with her younger assistant Brad. Together they've been hired by the Clearwater Bank credit union to create a queer-positive ad campaign that will both appeal to gay clients and celebrate the institution's value of social equality.
Things get very interesting and passions ignite in all directions when the hired models for the advertisement turn out to be Caroline's ex-fiancee Jack and his new young male partner, Carson, a devout Catholic.
Replace 'Clearwater Bank' with VanCity and you have the real-life controversy that inspired Michele Riml's play. The human drama is an artistic creation, but it's sold entirely by a sharp script packed with witty dialogue and equally wonderful characters.
In this piercingly funny exploration of love, marriage, and the fear of flying, the unlikely trio must confront their beliefs and motives in the full glare of the media spotlight. Poster Boys is a rollicking romantic-comedy-satire that resonates with authenticity.
Author of the enormously popular Sexy Laundry, Michele Riml returned to the Arts Club Theatre Company (Vancouver) with Poster Boys in early 2008 with this highly anticipated premiere. The play was widely celebrated by both audiences and critics alike, receiving rave reviews from both Vancouver and National papers, and the production was awarded numerous Jesse nominations (the Vancouver Theatre Awards).
Poster Boys was later produced in Edmonton by Theatre Network in the fall of 2009 and received its US premiere in the summer of 2011 with a San Diego production co-produced by Diversionary Theatre and MOXIE Theatre.
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"Michele Riml's new comedy [Poster Boys] is a wonder of light footwork delivered by a stellar cast with sharp virtuosic skill...Riml's drama is smart, refreshing and somehow timeless." - The Globe and Mail (National, Canada)
"Michele Riml's Poster Boys is a terrific new play, a bright comedy with some surprising edges." - Vancouver Sun (Vancouver, Canada)
"Absurdity and compassion sit side by side in Michele Riml's enormously smart and funny new play. Poster Boys will be a huge hit, and it deserves to be...Poster Boys is a tremendously satisfying." - The Georgia Straight (Vancouver, Canada)
"Poster Boys is an eyeful...It looks fabulous. It has moments of real comic inspiration and charm." - Edmonton Journal (Edmonton, Alberta)
"That's what Poster Boys, both the script and the Theatre Network's production, captures best: the shared moments of candid intimacy... It's smartly directed, nicely paced and well-acted, and balances its comedy with the more fractured emotional territory." - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)