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Goodness- Volcano Theatre

by Lucy Allen

Lili Francks and Gord Rand in Goodness

“Why do good people rush to do evil?”

Michael Redhill seeks to answer this question in the newest incarnation of Volcano Theatre‘s Goodness, which opened last night at The Theatre Centre. Although the question is never truly answered, the intense journey and look into humanity’s complicated and bloody morality is one that will leave you questioning your own views. Continue reading Goodness- Volcano Theatre

The Duchess of Malfi- Vile Passeist Theatre

by Lucy Allen

(from left to right) Kyle McDonald, Irena Huljak, and Luke Marty in Duchess of Malfi 2009

 

We all too often hear of the greatness of Shakespeare’s writing, but we rarely hear about the playwrights who had the misfortune of being his contemporaries. This is a problem that Vile Passeist Theatre seeks to remedy by staging these other early modern plays. The recent result is a somewhat uneven yet engaging interpretation of The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster, now playing at the Walmer Centre Theatre.
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Summerworks 2009- The Middle Place- Project Humanity

by Lucy Allen

The Middle Place 2009

For all of our efforts to bring awareness to global poverty, we all too often forget that the same issues are right in our own backyard. Project Humanity’s The Middle Place, playing now in the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace as part of the Summerworks Festival, sheds light on the lives on several Toronto youths living in a shelter in one of Toronto’s roughest neighbourhoods. The result is an eye-opening and moving look at the individuals of this marginalized community. Continue reading Summerworks 2009- The Middle Place- Project Humanity

Summerworks 2009- Everytime I See Your Picture I Cry- Daniel Barrow

by Lucy Allen

Daniel Barrow in Every Time I see Your Picture I Cry

It was entirely accidental that I ended up in the line for Daniel Barrow’s Everytime I See Your Picture I Cry, currently playing in the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace as part of the Summerworks Festival. I had intended to see another show also playing there, but due to my inability to read a simple ticket, ended up missing out. Continue reading Summerworks 2009- Everytime I See Your Picture I Cry- Daniel Barrow

Summerworks 2009- Carnival Knowledge- Faust Mask Theatre

by Lucy Allen

Rob Faust in Carnival Knowledge

On Sunday morning, slightly bleary eyed and wandering the streets of Toronto, I managed to get caught in a torrential downpour of rain on my way to see Faustwork Mask Theatre’s Carnival Knowledge, currently playing at The Theatre Centre as part of the Summerworks festival. I sat down, damp and cold, cursing my umbrella sitting dry in my apartment and prayed that the show would be worth the shower. Thanks to some clever and mesmerizing mask work, I had quite forgotten my misery by the end of the hour. Continue reading Summerworks 2009- Carnival Knowledge- Faust Mask Theatre