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undercurrents: Macbeth Muet in praise of silliness

Macbeth Muet (speechless Macbeth), playing at the undercurrents festival, is an almost wordless abridged version of Shakespeare’s tragedy. Most of the main plot elements are there, from the three witches to the final battle scene. Some major elements are missing, but they are surprisingly few. To reveal them would be to give spoilers. Let me compliment […]

undercurrents: Listen to Me tries its hand at speed-dating

Listen To Me is speed dating as theatre, with the stated goal of attempting to tear people away from their phones long enough to make a genuine face to face connection with another human.  In the Arts Court Studio, a total of eight ticket holders per performance are given a name tag and assigned a […]

undercurrents: Monstrous blends storytelling to dance in search for cultural belonging

Miscegenation (noun): the interbreeding of people considered to be of different racial types. Sarah Waisvisz travels a murky, muddled and miss-remembered heritage in Monstrous a world premiere performance at undercurrents that blends storytelling to dance in Waisvisz search for cultural belonging. Premiering during Black History Month this work comes at an opportune moment offering insight […]

undercurrents: Mouthpiece a silent scream made audible

Jared Davidson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Apt613. Follow his Twitter for more. The opening night of undercurrents closed with Mouthpiece, a play from Toronto’s Quote Unquote Collective, and a play whose title only hints at the social commentary that bursts forth from this performance in new and important ways. It is […]

undercurrents festival: Jerk It is a straight to the point exercise in storytelling

The concept of Jerk It: A Collection of Masturbation Stories (by Tony Adams, Madeleine Boyes-Manseau and Cory Thibert, of May Can Theatre) is a straight to the point exercise in storytelling: anonymously crowd-sourced personal stories of masturbation are read by five different performers; no sets or costumes, just unselfconscious readings of unselfconsciously written stories, a […]

undercurrents festival: Punch Up needs to be punched up

Theatre Brouhaha from Toronto pitches their creations as “theatre for the HBO generation” and as “pitch black comedy”. This play by writer/director Kat Sandler won both Best of Fest at the 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival and Patron’s Pick.  So I was expecting to laugh a lot at Punch Up.  But I didn’t.  Neither did my […]