by Jenna Rocca
The fact that Studies in Motion has a “Creators’ Note” rather than a “Director’s note” tells you a lot about the production. The Canadian Stage Company presents the Electric Company Theatre mashup of events and notions of Eadweard Muybridge’s life as a part of their current season.
For those of you aren’t familiar with the series of photos of galloping horses, Muybridge invented a method of photography that took a series of photos as a motion transpired. This zoopraxiscope is known as an early manifestation of what were to become motion picture cameras.
He, however, saw it as an opportunity to catalogue all possible forms of motion from the trivial (man walking) to the profound (woman with child). Continue reading Review: Studies in Motion: The Hauntings of Eadweard Muybridge (The Electric Company Theatre)
Here are all of the shows we wish we could get out and see this week! Take your pick from our list of great theatre escapes for the week of December 5th, 2010:
** Shows marked with the double asterisks and in red are the ones that make Megan, our editor, wish she could clone herself so she could check them all out. Continue reading Caught Our Eye Playlistings for the Week of December 5th, 2010
By Adam Collier
The Royal Porcupine Company produced The Shadow Of A Boy at the Lower Ossington Theatre.
In one of the first scenes a little boy named Luke (played by Jeremy Lapalme) asks his grandmother (“Nanna”) what the word “gypo,” means. A girl at school – Katie – has called him it. Nanna says, it’s slang for gypsy.
Though the characters look nothing like Gypsy stereotypes, I got a sense that the boy and his Nana were – geographically and historically – adrift, and emotionally wandering.
Continue reading Review: The Shadow of A Boy (Royal Porcupine Company)
by Ryan Kerr
Roshni is a charming one-act, two-hander playing at Theatre Passe Muraille until December 11th.
“King Kumar” and “Blindy” are Indian orphans whose invented identities and desperately optimistic hope for the future carry them through the rigors of selling tea and polishing boots in a busy train station to survive. As the story unfolds, the innocence of their deeper motivations make the story surprisingly light and genuinely touching despite its grim conditions.
Continue reading Review: Roshni (Theatre Passe Muraille)
By Adam Collier
Shaista Latif and Sarah Behl produced a show called Beyond The Moors, at the Annex Theatre.
What drew me to this show was Ms. Latif’s name. She has done some great work producing comedy at the Bad Dog Theatre. So – after reading the blurb for Beyond The Moors – I was especially curious to see how Ms. Latif’s instinct for comedy would infuse this four-part series of adaptations of British literature.
On the night I attended (last Saturday) the novel was Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre.”
Continue reading Review: Beyond the Moors (Shaista Latif / Sarah Behl)
By Mira Saraf
A small table, a chair and a guitar on a tiny wooden stage, and a single accompanying musician. These were the only tools it took to tell the story of a woman’s complicated, if completely imaginary, relationship with Keith Richards. Continue reading Review: The Keith Richards One Woman Show
By Sam Mooney
Nina Arsenault isn’t your average Barbie doll
Last night two friends and I saw The Silicone Diaries – created and performed by Nina Arsenault – at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. I’ve been thinking about the show all day and am still not really sure what to say. Both my friends loved it. Judith said that it was a theatre piece that she would remember forever. Bredgeen identified with the idea of fitting in and being accepted.
The Silicone Diaries is Arsenault’s narrative about her journey from being a gawky young man to being a beautiful young woman. The piece goes far beyond the idea of a woman inside a man’s body. It’s about achieving a perceived ideal beauty and the lengths that one person was willing to go in order to be beautiful.
And she is beautiful. I was surprised at just how beautiful.
Continue reading Review: The Silicone Diaries (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre)
By Sam Mooney
A most enjoyable morning in Toronto with hundreds of Grade 2 students and A Year With Frog And Toad
Today is the first time I’ve ever gone to see a play at 10.30 in the morning. The truth is, once you’re inside the theatre it could be 10.30 at night. Not for this production of A Year With Frog And Toad at Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People though: it would have been past bedtime for most of the audience – 4 bus loads of Grade 2 students.
Off the top, A Year With Frog And Toad is marvellous. Great performances from a terrific cast, gently funny dialogue, and lots of singing and dancing add up to a very entertaining show.
Continue reading Review: A Year With Frog And Toad (Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People)
by Jenna Rocca
The Cream of Comedy showcases the top five comic acts to move on after the Fresh Meat presentation about a month ago. At the end of night the winner of the Tim Sims Encouragement Award was announced.
My partner, who came with me the last time around, at intermission said half-jokingly: “they should put them all in the show.” Continue reading Review: The Cream of Comedy (Tim Sims Encouragement Fund)
Here are all of the shows we wish we could get out and see this week! Take your pick from our list of great theatre escapes for the week of November 28th, 2010:
** Shows marked with the double asterisks and in red are the ones that make Megan, our editor, wish she could clone herself so she could check them all out
Continue reading Caught Our Eye Playlistings for the Week of November 28th