Play explores violence, masculine stereotypes

Atomic Vaudeville is launching into 2016 with a performance that explores combat, violence and masculine stereotypes set in a boxing ring.

Atomic Vaudeville is launching into 2016 with a performance that explores combat, violence and masculine stereotypes set in a boxing ring.

With a ring master narrating a series of bouts, Action Revue: Feel the Fight explores the central question of how masculine archetypes are both created and destroyed.

Started in 2014, Action Revue was first presented in rough workshop form for one night at the Metro Theatre in 2015. Now the show returns to the Metro, taking that work further with a writing collaboration between Jacob Richmond, Alex Wlasenko and Britt Small.

The project was sparked out of an interest to further develop themes explored in the company’s cabaret series with shows such as My Dad can Beat up your Dad, Flight Night, and Violence is Gay. Small was inspired by the book, A Self-Made Man, which tells the story of a female journalist who went undercover as a man for over a year.

Along with Small, the cast includes Wes Borg, Sarah Pelzer, Kelly Hobson, Andrew Barrett, RJ Peters, Sarah Murphy and Treena Stubel. Directed by Richmond with composition by Marco Bozenich, Action Revue: Feel the Fight runs from Feb. 18 to 20 at 8 p.m. at the Metro Studio Theatre. For tickets call 250-590-6291 or visit ticketrocket.com.