“STITCH”, leaves one awestruck; & in stitches Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2

If you ever see a remount of any theatre piece, chances are, it is being remounted for a reason. “Stitch” by Cliff Cardinal is one such piece that deserves to be remounted again and again. This brilliant piece of theatre about a porn star’s life through the industry as well as having to struggle with her own self-image is beautifully written, and will have you cringing, crying and laughing all at once. Not for the faint of heart, but very worth seeing.

Georgina Beaty as KYLIE in "Stitch"

Georgina Beaty as KYLIE in “Stitch”

Stitch was initially mounted during SummerWorks in 2011 and was met with rave reviews. During the talk before the preview, the director, Jovanni Sy, spoke about how it was much more artistically freeing being able to expend on the performance aspect with light and sound that a festival setting was not able to allow, as well as being able to see and work with the revised script from Cardinal.
Production Designer, Andy Moro, use of light to show the different “screens” people “click” through to see the life of Kylie Grandview (played by Georgina Beaty) was incredible and only makes me wish I was capable of such things on my own. His soundscape gave me goosebumps.
This one-woman show had Beaty commanding the stage and holding every person’s attention. I realized by the end of the performance I was so captivated by her performance that I hadn’t written anything until the house lights came back up at the end of the show.
I was still stunned on departing the Aki Studio at Native Earth Performing Arts. It makes anyone incredibly happy to see really good theatre and it just makes me all the more pleased when people take my advice to go see the shows I recommend., I will never stop giving praise where praise is due. Bravo!

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