All posts by George Perry

George has always been passionate about theatre, but didn’t know it. As a young boy he was mesmerized by professional wrestling. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper was an early role model. Shortly thereafter, the explosive histrionics of Pete Townshend would supersede this Canadian icon. George’s attention later turned to American theatre. Jello Biafra became a seminal influence. The “Do It Yourself” ethic was firmly embraced by Perry, and he ventured into the vast repetoire of artists like Paul Westerberg and Steve Albini. As a young adult, he was re-introduced to the works of Townshend. His then girlfriend, Michelle, was hugely impressed by the theatrical production of The Who’s “Tommy”. He meandered through factories, schools, border towns and Michigan for a very long time afterwards. He eventually landed in Toronto. All these influences were brought together in one kettle when George discovered Mooney on Theatre. He understands and personifies that theatre is indeed for everyone. To further this end goal, he contributes.

Review: better than this (Moose + Moa Theatre Company)

Better Than ThisA break from holiday theatre in Toronto, Passe Muraille presents a play about addiction

At first glance, mounting better than this at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto during the Christmas season may seem like a gigantic scheduling error. After all, on the surface it is a play about drug addicts, punk rock and young lives unraveling. If you dig a little deeper, the undercurrent here is love.

Like the holidays, this play is about building bridges and gaining an understanding with those who are less fortunate or different than ourselves. It’s true that when you give, you get back so much more in return. And if you go see better than this, I am sure that you will be richly rewarded for your time.
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Review: Wrestling Jerusalem (Sara Schawrtz Geller Productions)

Aaron Davidman in Wrestling JerusalemWrestling Jerusalem, a play that tackles the Israel-Palestine conflict plays in Toronto

Have you always wanted to visit Israel but never had the opportunity? Then head down to Toronto’s Berkeley Street Theatre, and take in a performance of Wrestling Jerusalem. Aaron Davidman gives voice to 17 different characters from all walks of life in this play, introducing us to men, women, Jews, Muslims, and soldiers. After seeing the 90-minute play I had an image of Israel that was vivid, hopeful, empathetic and, hopefully, long-lasting.
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Review: Inked Heart (FireWorks Festival / Alumnae Theatre Company)

D.J. Sylvis’ Inked Heart is more than skin deep, looking at tattooing, human nature, family on Toronto stages

Are tattoos simply ink embedded in skin, or do they represent something more? Are they art? Symbols of rites of passage? Coping mechanisms that help people celebrate milestones in one’s life or deal with our difficulties?

These are some of questions that playwright D.J. Sylvis addresses with Inked Heart. The play is currently onstage at the Alumnae Theatre Studio in Toronto as part of the FireWorks Festival.
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Review: Lennon: Through a Glass Onion (Strut Entertainment)

Daniel in Lennon: Through A Glass OnionA biographical show featuring the story and music of John Lennon took the stage in Toronto

Enthusiastic Beatles and John Lennon fans recently enjoyed an evening of storytelling and timeless music at Toronto’s Helen Bader Theatre. They flocked in droves, because the touring production of Lennon: Through a Glass Onion was in town.

Created by John Waters and Stewart D’Arrietta the “simple” production included two performers, a piano and a guitar. In addition to D’Arrietta tickling the ivories, Daniel Taylor summoned up the persona of John Lennon, assuming John’s voice, mannerisms and personality.
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Review: Italian Mime Suicide // Three Red Days (Bad New Days)

Rob Feetham, Viktor Lukawski, Miranda Calderon, Adam Paolozza in Italiam Mime SuicideBad New Days presents two starkly different physical performances at Toronto’s Theatre Centre

Italian Mime Suicide // Three Red Days (Bad New Days) is an experimental theatrical production that is perfectly suited for the innovative and nurturing environment that is Toronto’s Theatre Centre. The production incorporates two plays based on anecdotes from two artists. Both rely upon gestures, imagery and metaphors more than dialogue. Continue reading Review: Italian Mime Suicide // Three Red Days (Bad New Days)