Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata explores the darker realms of Craigslist through the best medium: laughter.
Should you see it?
Born out of a 20 minute short by Theatre Replacement in Vancouver BC, Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata has developed into a much larger and more ambitious project. Heading into the show I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Having been told: “It’s literally just actors singing ads from Craigslist” I thought to myself that this could be really entertaining or a horrible train wreck. I’m delighted to say that this cute, quirky and whimsical production indeed brought a smile to my face and kept me laughing from start to finish.
It’s hard to really analyze what this play is trying to do, because there is no real central plot or set of characters. Instead we have 6 artists on stage, a mixture of actors and musicians, who become a series of different characters singing their hearts out sometimes as a Craigslist Ad and sometimes in response to a Craigslist Ad. From the: “For Sale” section to the “Help Wanted” ads and of course scouring the “Personals” and “Missed Connections” pages Do You Want What I Have Got? is a very clever examination of how Classified Ads in the day and age of the Internet can border on the obscene and the obscure.
This really isn’t a show to enter with the notion that there is going to be any heavy thinking involved. It’s a great, turn your mind off for 90 minutes and enjoy the ride kind of show. While the novelty of the idea of this show does start to wear thin by the 60 minute mark the energy and clever craftiness to the script stays top notch from beginning to end.
The cast is small and intimate. Qasim Khan and Bree Greig are standout in their respective roles of “Male 2” and “Female 2”. The set is simple, yet homey. The music is enchanting and engaging. The singing, while rough in parts for one or two cast members, always resolves itself, making Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata a worthy theatre experience.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think. Does this play affect the way you view Craigslist? If so, how? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!