Welcome to Reaney Land!
The Easter Egg
By James Reaney
AlvegoRoot Theatre Company
Adam Corrigan Holowitz, Artistic Director
Director Jason Rip
Company: Kim Kaitell, Adam Corrigan Holowitz, Maya Wong, Demis Odanga, Chris McAuley
Designer: Sue Parke
Stage Manager: Paige Miller
At The Arts Project
203 Dundas Street,
Advance Tickets via The Arts Project Box Office: 519-642-2767
Student and Senior Tickets: $10
May 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 June 1 at 8pm
May 25 June 1 at 2pm
A play opens the door for the audience into the mind of the playwright. We enter James Reaney’s play with some trepidation, knowing there are going to be some dark corners: his is a capacious, intricate, tightly woven and well-schooled mind, with a wickedly sly sense of humour. Reaney’s mythopoeic imagination sweeps us into a land of metaphor, where anything can happen and symbols abound, but the Egg of the title never cracks. Images flit by, transforming into dreamscape and fairytale, but grounded, here at home. What has the character unearthed, the bones of a white kitten? Or the ghost of a girl tied to the fence for stealing currants?
The audience steps into a village melodrama, as if Muriel Spark or Iris Murdoch had been transported to Souwesto. The setup scene is familiar, with ongoing preparations for a dinner party meant to impress fellow villagers and college VIPs. But this is no English country house. This is theatre noir, Souwesto style. AlvegoRoot Theatre Company describes The Easter Egg as “a Canadian Gothic play by London and Canada’s foremost playwright, James Reaney.”Read more...
A heavenly Godspell from youthful Cast
Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by John-Michael Tebelak
Directed by Jennifer Paquette
Produced by Julie Rutherford and Laurie Markham
Musical direction by Chuck Baxter
Choreography by Christina Cannella
May 24-June 1
Tickets available at Highlander Studios, 654 Dundas Street or call the box office: 519-537-2582
Running time (with 15 minute intermission): about two hours and 10 minutes
It’s been 43 years since writer John-Michael Tebelak introduced the world to his creation Godspell, first as his master’s thesis, then a year later for its first run on Broadway. One might assume the offbeat musical might have lost much of its charm over those four decades.
Local artist explores significance of landmarks in exhibition at The Art Exchange
London artist V-C Glennie explores the bond that develops between people and place and the significance of landmarks in her exhibition, Silent Sentinels - Shaping a Sense of Place, at The Art Exchange, May 28 to June 15.
[V-C Glennie - The Gatehouse, Elsie Perrin Williams Estate, London ON)
Inspired by a number of historic sites including the Elsie Perrin Williams Estate in London, the old Thamesford Mill, Ingersoll’s Elmhurst Inn, Toronto’s Leuty Lifeguard Station & Gardner’s Cottage and Alma College in St. Thomas, Glennie’s paintings are visual time capsules -- glimpses of Canada’s history and identity in need of protection.Read more...
DISHing With Elvira Kurt
Elvira Kurt was voted Funniest Female Comedian at the Canadian Comedy Awards and received a Gemini nomination for her one hour comedy special Elvira Kurt: I'm a Big Girl Now. That special also nabbed the Gold Award at the Worldfest International Film Festival. Kurt starred in The Comedy Network series Elvira Kurt: Adventures in Comedy, has performed live in the Vagina Monologues and many times at Montreal's prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. The Second City Alumnus has had years of comedic success in Canada and the US. She has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and her comedy specials have aired on Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, CTV, CBC and The Comedy Network.
I just told my partner of 16 years, hey, I’m interviewing Elvira Kurt.
“Oh, I like her.”Read more...