reviewed by Paula Citron
Volcano/Theatre Passe Muraille/Exchange Rate Collective
Written by the ensemble
Directed by Sarah Sanford
Choreography by Kate Alton
Starring Claire Calnan, Adam Lazarus and Linnea Swan
At Theatre Passe Muraille until Apr. 26
Out of fairness, I have to report that many people roared with laughter at the opening night performance of Appetite, while I found this dancetheatre piece to be Animal House meets the Food Network.
The premise is twinning the appetites of hunger and sex to convey the base instincts at their root. Talented actor/dancers Claire Calnan, Adam Lazarus and Linnea Swan are part of the creative team that also includes director Sarah Sanford and choreographer Kate Alton.
Calnan and Lazarus begin as lowing cows that morph into slabs of beef, and it goes downhill from there. Never has talent been so thoroughly squandered through the worst kind of slapstick humour. The only bright spot is designer’s Gillian Gallow’s set and costumes.
The linking of sex and food is a good idea. What I can’t forgive is the lack of cleverness where the vulgar and the tasteless stand for substance.
Appetite continues at Theatre Passe Muraille until Apr. 26.