Review: Studies in Motion: The Hauntings of Eadweard Muybridge (The Electric Company Theatre)

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)

Review: The Shadow of A Boy (Royal Porcupine Company)

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.

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Review: Roshni (Theatre Passe Muraille)

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.

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Review: Beyond the Moors (Shaista Latif / Sarah Behl)

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.”

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Review: The Silicone Diaries (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre)

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.

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Review: A Year With Frog And Toad (Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People)

By Sam Mooney

A most enjoyable morning in Toronto with hundreds of Grade 2 students and A Year With Frog And Toad

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.

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Review: The Cream of Comedy (Tim Sims Encouragement Fund)

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)