“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”



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


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”