Reviewed by Paula Citron
SummerWorks differs from fringe festivals because it is curated. Given my first outing, Theatre Passe Muraille has strong shows.
Tolstoy’s short Story The Kreutzer Sonata was originally adapted by Ted Dykstra for the Art of Time Ensemble. Although this production does not have the live musicians, it is still stupendous theatre. Dykstra’s harrowing portrayal of one man’s paranoia about his wife’s fidelity is not to be missed.
Haunted Hillbilly, an entertaining musical theatre from Montreal that revisits the Faust story in country and western terms, is adapted from Derek McCormack’s eponymous gay lit novel. The songs are very droll and the acting is terrific.
Post Eden creatively combines film and live action to portray a bedroom community family who live on a real street in Richmond Hill called Neighbourly Lane. The Eden of the title is the family dog played by Lindsey Clark. The marriage breakdown story is a bit banal but the technology is a marvel.
SummerWorks continues at various theatres until Aug. 15.
The Kreutzer Sonata, Haunted Hillbilly, Post Eden
SummerWorks Theatre Festival 2010
Theatre Passe Muraille, Aug. 5 to 15, 2010