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

Summerworks 2009: Underneath – Praxis Theatre

by Lucy Allen

I always find it interesting how our expectations affect our enjoyment of a play. After hearing about Praxis Theatre’s Underneath, currently playing in the Factory Theatre Mainspace as part of the Summerworks Festival, I walked in nervously expecting a brutal, unforgiving look at postwar Kosovo. The subject matter alone had the potential to leave one feeling disturbed and guilty. And yet, upon leaving the theatre, I felt oddly detached from what I had just seen.

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The Long, Hot Summer: A '60s Cabaret- Les Coquettes Nouveau Burlesque

By Leif Conti-Groome

Having not been born in the 60’s, it can be hard for me to follow a conversation between two hippies (not that I get caught in that situation often). But after watching Les Coquettes present The Long, Hot Summer: A ’60s Cabaret, I was taken back to those rebellious days. With some sensuous displays of free love, lava lamp styled lighting and an abundance of peace gestures (I’m not kidding here) this show really captured the essence of a decade, great music and all.

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