Photo of Caitlin McCarthy and Amitai Marmorstein by Tim Matheson

Photo of Caitlin McCarthy and Amitai Marmorstein by Tim Matheson


What You’re Missing is a bright new comedy about yearning and stifling, freedom and control, assets and liabilities, culture and class, and of course, strong dominating mothers. Vancouver-born, UK-based playwright Tamara Micner paints with a smile as she colours the streams of implications for two young people in love, living in the shadows of two very different histories – the Eastern European and Chilean Jewish experience. This effervescent, talented young writer has us laughing deeply as we celebrate the universal in fumbling our way through difference.
It’s 1974 in Vancouver. Isabel and Ed really like each other – and really like each other’s parents (a lot) more than their own! They want to travel together, but Ed’s mother refuses. Isabel’s dad won’t speak to Ed, Isabel’s mum won’t shut up about Pinochet, and everyone’s too hungry or too full. As the two families meet, eat, misinterpret and overreact, will the older generation be a catalyst, or a catastrophe? Is it only the young couple who are coming of age?

What You’re Missing premiered at the ADC Theatre, Cambridge in 2011 and has previously sold out at London’s King’s Head Theatre in 2014.

Gracing the NRT stage will be six of Western Canada’s finest actors: Stephen Aberle, Natascha Girgis, Luisa Jojic, Amitai Marmorstein, Caitlin McCarthy and Jeffrey Renn.

Directed by the award-winning director John Cooper, who has directed over 130 productions across Canada.
“An ambitious playwright…strikingly witty and polished” Varsity

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