Artistic Director David Berthold wrote:
NORPA’s production of Janis Balodis’ new play Engine is about the repercussions of a teenage death in a car crash. We hoped it would attract more audiences than it did, but were pleased that it genuinely touched many of those who saw it.
The critics said:
A masterpiece of theatre (that has) left an indelible imprint on my psyche... Engine is a stroke of genius...fast paced, informative and family oriented. - Marika Bryant, ArtsHub
Engine is a touching and powerful play… a wonderful example of the quality that can be achieved with minimal fuss. The topic of teenagers dying in car accidents is an extremely poignant one and Engine manages to achieve a great balance of seriousness and comedy. This is a moving and entertaining play presented by a very talented cast and crew. - Camille McLachlan, M/C Reviews
Engine is a touching and often funny window into the lives of those most affected by tragedy and is highly recommended to anyone who likes their theatre with a little more meat on its bones. - Claire Renton, Scene Magazine
Source: la Boite’s 2010 Annual Report