Elizabeth Kuti is among the newest generation of English playwrights currently making waves. Thanks to Cart/Horse Theatre, her 2013 play Fishskin Trousers is receiving its North American premiere. The play itself is not for all markets, combining as it does, real and fictional events with magic realism. Nonetheless, as a storyteller, Kuti does hold our interest.
The mandate of Cart/Horse is, in fact, storytelling, the simpler the better in terms of theatrical values. Kuti’s play links together three separate monologues –Read More
En(live)n Productions. FROZEN. (4 stars).
Although this play has closed, it does deserve mention. Director Andrew Freund put together an imaginative production that illuminated Bryony Lavery’s fascinating script. Lavery is one of the strongest voices in British Theatre today. She’s not only provocative, she’s subversive, slipping in ideas akin to putting a fox in the hen coop.
In Frozen (1998), the plot concerns the research by the American psychiatrist Agnetha (Lynn Zeelenberg) that serial killing is a forgivable act because –Read More
KYLE ABRAHAM/ABRAHAM.IN.MOTION. THE RADIO SHOW. You only have until Saturday to catch this World Stage offering. Abraham is one of New York’s brightest lights. The supple dancers execute fluid, total body choreography in this show about memory and communication. As a dancesmith, Abraham knows how to rivet the eye with movement that always catches you by surprise. No wonder he won a genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation. An ambitious show in content that maybe doesn’t get quite get to –Read More
(5 Star Rating System)
Red One Theatre Collective. SHREW (2 ½ stars). This production is vibrant and silly at the same time. In short, it is a young person’s spin on Shakespeare (think Seth Rogan and Adam Sandler in terms of sensibility). Obviously, a bunch of friends have come together to have fun, and while the audience has fun too, somewhere Shakespeare has become lost in the colloquial rendering of the text. As to why Petruchio (Benjamin Blais) has a –Read More
Opera Review – Canadian Opera Company Winter Season – A Tale of Two Visions (Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Verdi’s A Masked Ball)
This is the age of the auteur opera director. With the endlessly repeating standard repertoire a fact of opera life, companies are now searching for productions that give a fresh take on the classics. New opera, of course, is always going to be fresh.
Thus, directors and their visions are what drive opera productions these days. The COC’s winter season provides a textbook case of what works and what doesn’t.
Canadian director Atom Egoyan has done a superb job in finding a fascinating –Read More