Review: Sea Change (Theatre Caravel)

“It’s okay,” he said. He was holding open a door. “It looks sketchy. But we won’t hurt you.”

The venue for Sea Change – a four-times annual night of arts put up by Theatre Caravel – was a coach house.

In the time of horse transportation, a coach house was the garage. So, this one like many only has alley access.

What makes this place, officially called CineCycle, feel really like a giant living room though, is the warmth and fantastic hospitality of Eric Double and Julia Nish-Lapidus, the artistic director and artistic producer of Theatre Caravel, respectively.

For one thing, they baked! And they baked a lot!

For another, they are totally disarming as hosts – modest, charming and funny.

After a brief introduction (this night marked the third year for Sea Change), the show began with “Curses,” a two-man play by Noah Davis.

“Curses,” which Mr. Davis also performs in alongside Benjamin Blais, explores the cause of one man’s anger. What seems to be resentment turned inward.

Like Mr. Davis’ Point No Point, “Curses” displays the playwright’s penchant for psychological exploration and, unlike “Point No Point,” a refreshingly playful wit.

Nathan Carroll follows “Curses” with a recollection of his time living in Kenya.

Mr. Carroll is absolutely charming. He seems to have so totally enjoyed himself in Kenya it’s nearly impossible not to get caught-up in his effervescence.

After a few words by Miguel Ramirez, the visual artist that had a few of his works on display in CineCyle, there was an intermission.

One of the most intriguing acts of the night was Nicole Ratjen as a clown seeking her Prince Charming.

Ms. Ratjen explores her premise gently and imaginatively. She seems to have a gift for playfully stretching out an idea while keeping it simple.

Rounding-out the night was Dave Borins.

Mr. Borins has a booming presence – a sharp contrast to Ms. Ratjen. As a performer he has – undoubtedly – an infectious personality that seems equal parts bold and self-effacing.

Mr. Double and Ms. Nish-Lapidus have more than succeeded, I think, at achieving their stated goal of building “a community that spans artistic disciplines.”

Sea Change was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. One I’d very strongly recommend, when it rolls around again in three months or so.

 

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  1. … the next “sea change” is coming up in a few weeks, on december 9th, a friday. the venue is the same as the last one (behind 129 spadina in a coach house called cinecycle), and the show begins at 8pm.

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