Winners and Losers winning audiences

The buzz from Gateway Theatre's Studio B over Winners and Losers is carrying over to Vancouver's upcoming PuSh festival.

The 90-minute play, written and performed by Marcus Youssef and James Long made its world premiere last fall at Gateway, and was one of the plays featured in the Richmond theatre's SceneFirst script development program.

The play is a staged conversation between the two actors, who play a game they've created called Winners and Losers.

In it they name people places or things and debate whether each is a winner or loser. As each seeks to defeat the other, the debate becomes personal. They dissect each other's lives and the cost of what was a friendly competition quickly escalates.

The play's run at PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2 at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts in Vancouver's Woodward's district.

Tickets, $27 to $35, at ticketstonight.ca or 604-684-2787. More info at pushfestival.ca.

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