After the Blackout is “powerful”, “vulnerable”, and “poignant”, on stage in Toronto
Regardless of everything else that happens in the play, the ending is what makes the point.
After the Blackout, playing at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, is not a typical theatrical story. I say that beyond the fact that the stories are all about people with disabilities, and played by actors with those disabilities. The note by Judith Thompson, who wrote and directed After the Blackout, talks about how the goal of the play was to write a complex story in which the disabilities of the cast were facts, not features. That succeeded beyond measure, but it too is not why this isn’t a typical theatrical production. This story is a-typical because it’s a difficult story, not just in what it is saying but in how it is being said.
Continue reading Review: After the Blackout (Soulpepper and RARE theatre company)
Little Gem is “wonderful” and “real” slice-of-life theatre playing in Toronto
I’m sitting down to write this review and all I have are the many wonderful moments that are still swirling around in my head after seeing Toronto Irish Players‘ production of Little Gem.
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Toronto’s Unit 102 Actor’s Company presents Sam Shepard’s play The Late Henry Moss
There is a certain style of American theatre that has its roots in plays like Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman or David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross. I like to call them the “men have feelings, but can only express them through yelling and punching” style of plays. The Late Henry Moss by Sam Shepard fits very comfortably in that style. Continue reading Review: The Late Henry Moss (Unit 102 Actor’s Company)
Toronto’s playwright Shannon Bramer’s multi-layered play explores the theatre community
This play can be taken in so many different ways.
That’s intentional. There’s a scene in The Hungriest Woman in the World where Julie and Nathan (Tammi Freeman and Arun Varma), shout out a series of statements hinting at what this play could actually be about. They shout it out at Rob (Christopher Sawchyn) when he comes to pick up his wife Aimee (Nora Williams), who has spent the night with Julie and Nathan after going to the theatre.
But that’s ahead of the point.
Continue reading Review: The Hungriest Woman in the World (Pencil Kit Productions)
Unique multimedia experience arrives on the Toronto stage
Reflector is Theatre Gargantua’s opening production of their 25th season, and the play is at the heart of the company’s goal of exploring compelling subjects in their multi-discipline style. You understand that goal as soon as you walk into the theatre, with various large projections of photographs that flip through a wide variety of images behind four microphone stands on the main stage at Theatre Passe Muraille. Continue reading Review: Reflector (Theatre Gargantua)