reviewed by Paula Citron
Catalyst Theatre – Nevermore
Sleeping Dog Theatre – Five O’clock Bells
Builders Association – Continuous City
World/Inferno Friendship Society – Addicted to Bad Ideas
The final weekend at Luminato was mostly a bonanza.
From Ottawa, Pierre Brault’s poignant Five O’clock Bells, his solo show about the sad, short life of legendary jazz guitarist Lenny Breau, was inventively portrayed through conversations with the unseen hero. Edmonton’s Catalyst Theatre presented Jonathan Christenson’s whimsically noir Nevermore, a brilliant and imaginative music theatre piece based on the life of Edgar Allen Poe.
From the US came the Builder’s Association’s very disturbing, technically-driven Continuous City, a provocative look at life via the internet as a man tries to maintain relationships with both his work place and his young daughter, and ultimately fails.
There was, however, one bad news item. On paper, Addicted to Bad Ideas from New York looked fascinating – a punk rock musical inspired by the troubled life of film actor Peter Lorre. What we got was rambling, incoherent self-indulgence.
In the final analysis, Luminato presented excellent Canadian productions that could take their place with pride in an international showcase.