The Summoned explores technology in modern life, on stage at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto
In The Summoned, Fabrizio Filippo’s new play premiering at the Tarragon Theatre Mainspace, “the summoned” are the major figures in the life of a recently-deceased billionaire, head of a tech company and empire, who gather at a budget hotel by an airport to hear the reading of his will.
The play, which tries to answer the question, “how far from our nature can technology take us?” shows a distinctive voice. It’s creative, entertaining, and has fascinating sci-fi implications. It also has numerous rough edges, relies too much on shock value, and strays into writerly self-indulgence, just like our online world. In short, it’s a promising idea that needs another round of beta testing.
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Frolick stages a compulsively watchable Cowboy Mouth as a “happening” in Toronto
I’m going to be completely honest, and perhaps depressingly square, here: though I have nothing against them, I have never taken hallucinogenic drugs. Perhaps that’s what I was missing in Frolick Theatre’s mounting of Cowboy Mouth, Sam Shepard and Patti Smith’s 1971 one-act, which bills itself as a “happening,” with all that entails. Continue reading Review: Cowboy Mouth (Frolick)
d’bi young anitafrika’s Esu Crossing the Middle Passage arrives on the Toronto stage
Esu Crossing the Middle Passage, by d’bi young anitafrika, playing at the Storefront Theatre, is a show with a bitter pill to swallow at its heart. Focusing on the African slave trade, and linking that past horror with current problems of racism and forced diaspora, the show delivers blunt truths in the form of repeated ritual. It is not, perhaps, a “fun” show, but it is often absorbing and sparks a necessary conversation.
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Theatre TOnight presents a moving dance piece exploring modern love on stage in Toronto
Orpheus and Eurydice, devised and directed by Julia Krauss and Nicholas Walsh of Theatre TOnight, is an hour-long dance piece at Canadian Stage’s Rehearsal Hall that merges myth and modern love. It is entertaining and impressive, with strong ideas about the connection, emotion and potential destruction between people involved in relationships, that ultimately don’t completely coalesce into something fully cohesive. However, even considering the concept is worth your time.
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You Will Remember Me is not to be forgotten, now on stage in Toronto
There are a lot of metaphors woven into You Will Remember Me, a beautiful play about early-onset Alzheimer’s by Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Francois Archambault (translated by Bobby Theodore), now playing at Tarragon Theatre in a co-production with Studio 180.
This makes a lot of sense. Dementia, particularly in a family member, is hard to face or explain head-on; the gradual loss of everything that makes up a person we know is difficult to bear. The play is richly written, thematically resonant, and well-constructed. It’s also funny, emotionally stunning, and deeply moving.
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