Playwright, Genevieve Adam’s, Deceitful Above All Things is a remarkable first play. Part of the SummerWorks Festival and mounted at the Factory Theatre, the hour and a quarter historical drama is gripping, emotionally honest, well-acted and directed. There isn’t a weak link the chain. Adam also stars in the story of Parisian, Anne De Beauney, who follows the Jesuit priest who impregnated her, to the new world in Quebec in the 1600’s. There’s lots of fire in her passionate pleas to have Father Francois, performed by John Fitzgerald Jay, admit his feelings for her. More…
Review by Judith Caldwell
One has to hand it to Boris Brott; he certainly knows how to put a concert together. This reviewer was not at all sure about a concert with aerialists – would they add to the program or distract? Initially, in Felix Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night Dream Suite they did distract, but later added so much to Tales of the Netsilik that they even seemed necessary to the storytelling. The evening opened with Janna Sailor conducting the N.A.O. in Engelbert Humperdinck’s Overture to Hansel & Gretel,
I enjoy learning about other cultures, especially when it is presented in a way that speaks to me. Granted, this particular way is through gossip, scandal and a lot of exposition, but I learned a lot – none the less. From his Off Broadway smash hit run, to meeting the lady of the hour herself, Carlos Cedran’s Livin’ La Vida Imelda was educational, inspiring and entertaining – all in one.
We were very fortunate to be invited to this year’s Kultura Festival celebrating Philippine culture and identity.
There’s a lot of good information in Tony Kushner’s play, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures now playing at the Shaw Festival. The playwright has really done his research and there’s a mind boggling array of sizzling one-liners and quotes from theological, philosophical and religious figures—some in Latin. And his passionate portrayal of a Brooklyn family on the brink of disaster is scintillating. But this play gives new meaning to the word overkill. Photo courtesy of David Cooper [Shaw]
Editor’s Note: The following concert took place last week but the critique could not be (technically) uploaded until today. Apologies. ETG
Review by Judith Caldwell
Maitrise Des Hauts de France, young singers of Lambersart, gave a concert At St. Thomas’ Catholic Church in Waterdown on Sunday evening. Francois Verschaeve was their translator/ interpreter for their North American tour and in exchange requested a concert in his home town of Waterdown. He promised Father Lobsinger of St Thomas’ that he would fill the church for it – he got his wish on both counts. The choir was led by Conductor Jerome Cupelli and accompanied by Martine Betremieux on piano or organ.
Annabel Soutar’s documentary play, Seeds, plants dissention. Scientists, researchers, industry representatives, advocacy groups and farmers argue the safety of genetically modified organisms, commonly called GMO’s. Through verbatim trial transcripts, interviews and speeches Soutar crafts a powerful mine field of what if’s.Though obviously attempting to appear unbiased, Soutar’s script weighs heavily on the side of banning GMO’s. And the production, at the Blyth Theatre, is at its most powerful and poignant when the playwright strips away her attempts at being objective and presents her true feelings no holds barred. Photo courtesy of Terry Manza