All posts by Nadaa Hyder

Review: The Specials in 9/11/11

The Specials in 9/11/11 is a sketch comedy show that follows the stories of various individuals and is predominantly set in Toronto. The style of humour is not exactly my preference, but others in the audience were heartily laughing throughout the play. The duration is about two hours with a 10-minute intermission, which begins to get a bit tedious for me and my guest. Despite the constant introduction of new characters there is a repetitive nature to the jokes.

Shudder (hum dansoundart) 2011 SummerWorks Review

Shudder is a show inspired by the paintings of Francis Bacon. Comprised mainly of what I would describe as creative movement, but not quite dance, this show is like nothing you’ve ever seen.

Francis Bacon was a painter with an unusual style, especially at his time. He conveyed a sense of the strange and eerie with his paintings, and this show certainly does as well, but in my opinion this becomes overstated.
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Dancing to a White Boy Song (ift theatre and Newface Entertainment) 2011 SummerWorks Review


Last night at the Theatre Centre I saw Dancing to a White Boy Song. Due to the title I expected a dance-heavy performance, which was not the case. With that said, this play did a great job and conveyed what it aimed to.

Dancing to a White Boy Song is a play simply about immigration and the struggles immigration brings to those who partake in it. It combines not only dance, but also poetry, spoken words, and visual imagery. Even though it specifically deals with African immigrants, the issues are easily relatable to those of all backgrounds.
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Lizardboy: A One Man Show (Winged Centarous and Whimsical Productions) 2011 SummerWorks Review

Lizardboy: A One Man Show is a window into the life of a 9 year-old Columbian boy. Victor Gomez, as both actor and playwright, creates a whole setting simply through anecdotes and role playing.

This is a play that deals with a child’s innocence and the development of violence due to one’s surrounding community. It is certainly a thought-provoking subject matter that is presented from a child’s perspective. This results in a serious subject becoming more playful, making it an interesting experience as an audience member.

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Combat (tinybird theatre/Sore for Punching You) 2011 SummerWorks Review

Combat is a play that creates an interesting correlation between a battlefield and an office workplace. It deals with a subject matter that nearly anyone can relate to – workplace conflicts and relationships. Adding the comparison to a battlefield allows war to become easily accessible by the common person who would not have considered it before.
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