What Happened Was…


by Tom Noonan

Feb 19 – Mar 8

The film version of What Happened Was won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994. The rarely performed stage adaptation is every bit as quirky, insightful, and humourous as the acclaimed film. This is a first-date encounter story like no other, in which two co-workers find unlikely common ground in what at times is more of a surrealistic joust than a date. The “real-time” progression of the story draws us into the awkwardness and openness of each second. There is a heightened theatricality about this piece that makes ordinary life magical, offering an irresistible perspective on those confounding moments when we feel inspired, desperate, or obligated to make connections with others.

“The best theatre often delves into the murkiest corners of the human psyche. What Happened Was… is a worthwhile example of this… disturbing, brave and, paradoxically, often funny… Michael Romano… is well cast as Michael… Black’s portrayal of Jackie… was admirably convincing… Noonan reveals each character with great acuity… It’s well worth seeking out.”
Adrian Chamberlain, Time Colonist

“Just like many a first date, What Happened Was… is quirky… and vulnerable. It also has a deliciously dark twist that elevates it from standard rom-com territory, and takes it into the realm of bold social commentary… Black and Romano… do great justice to the arc of the story… Director Clayton Jevne… imbues the play with a sense of great portent and meaning…  I left the theatre pondering the lives of the main characters, and the intersections with my own.”
Janis Lacouvee, I Have My Own Life to Live

Directed by Clayton Jevne, and starring Catriona Black (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and The Golden Dragon), and Michael Romano (The Golden Dragon).

Preview  8pm:  Feb 18
8pm:  Feb 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27  &  Mar 1, 4, 6, 7, 8
2pm:  Feb 22, Mar 1 & 8

The show is 90 minutes long (including intermission)

Reservations and Ticket Sales

Through TICKET ROCKET:  ticketrocket.org <http://ticketrocket.org/>  or   250-590-6291 (price will include a $2  surcharge).

Ticket prices:  $14 (regular), $10 (seniors, students, unwaged)
Feb 18 – Preview is $7
Wednesday, Feb 26 is Pay-What-You-Wish admission

Subscribers and complimentary tickets: to make a reservation, please reserve directly through Theatre Inconnu at 250-360-0234, or by email.

We are handicap accessible.  And for those with special seating needs, please make your reservations directly through Theatre Inconnu (see above).

Theatre Inconnu is located at 1923 Fernwood Road (across the street from the Belfry Theatre).  For parking we suggest the side streets west of Fernwood Road as these do not have parking restriction signs.


Michael Romano and Catriona Black