“Two-fer” at W.E.S.T. Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

The GTA’s ‘Fringe Festival’ season looms just over the horizon; what better time to stage a couple of Fringe-type 1-hour plays than now! Izad Etemadi’s “LAUGH WITH LEILA” and “XOXO: the RELATIONSHIP SHOW” created & starring Meghan Chalmers & Franny McCabe-Bennett, both inform and educate as well as entertain.
The former one-man effort introduces us to a young and single Iranian girl growing up in post-Shah Pahlevi Persia and under the sharia rule of Khomeini. ‘Hijab’; Chador; ‘Niqab’ and Burkas are all humorously defined and visually delineated.

Izad Etemadi's "LEILA"

Izad Etemadi’s “LEILA”

Chalmers & McCabe-Bennett's "XOXO RELATIONSHIPS"

Chalmers & McCabe-Bennett’s “XOXO RELATIONSHIPS”

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All’s Fair in ‘LEMONS’ and War Reply

   Review by Michael Piscitelli  reviewerMichael P2
         A play should make you feel. If it doesn’t, it falls short. If it does, it hits you like a truck and makes your heart race. You despise a character or alternatively appreciate an actor for a terrific performance. Lemon by Andrew Markowiak hits the mark as part of Filament Incubator’s #8playsin8months.
Lemon is the story of a girl named Liz (Julia Hussey) coming home after 5 years away, dreading and cursing the slim pickings of the post-school job market, and decides to open a lemonade stand out on her parent’s front lawn.

LEMON's creative play poster

LEMON’s creative play poster

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Miller’s political prophecies resonate Reply

Review by Judith RobinsonreviewerJudith Robinson

Arthur Miller’s, “Incident at Vichy”, is a speeding train that carries the audience into the heart of the Holocaust. SOULPEPPER has mounted an unforgettable, disturbing and eerily prophetic production of a classic drama. Director Alan Dilworth accentuates the play’s power with an understated, minimalistic touch.
It’s a regular day for the German and French inspectors; guards; and examiners in 1942 Vichy. Their actions and emotions are those of bureaucrats – not torturers or executioners. There are no guards present. The interrogations are going on off-stage. The audience hears an occasional laugh, or raised voice,
                 Photo by  Cylla von Tidemann

Ado, Hughes, Matemoros, Nasmith, Lancaster, Fernandes & Dennis on-stage in "VICHY"

Ado, Hughes, Matamoros, Nasmith, Lancaster, Fernandes & Dennis on-stage in “VICHY”

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