Reviewed by Paula Citron
November 7, 2011
Fela! at the Canon Theatre
Performed by Adesola Osakalumi, Melanie Marshall and Paulette Ivory
Circumcise Me! at the Jane Mallett Theatre
Performed by Yisrael Campbell
Le Dieu du Carnage at the Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs
Performed by Colombe Demers, Christian Laurin, Olivier L’Ecuyer and Tara Nicodemo
This weekend I played catch-up and caught three closing performances.
Mirvish Productions’ Fela!, by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones, is a lavish musical about the great Nigerian musician and activist, Fela Kuti. Basically, it’s a long monologue for actor Adesola Osakalumi, who was sensational. The show is a riot of colour, dance and music, albeit, with an abrupt ending.
Harold Green Jewish Theatre brought in Yisrael Campbell’s solo show Circumcise Me! directed by Sam Gold. Born as Catholic Chris Campbell in Philadelphia, he is now an orthodox Jewish comedian who lives in Jerusalem. The story about his conversion has both belly laughs and tears. One hope Campbell comes back.
Finally, the always enterprising Théâtre Français, mounted Yasmina Reza’s Le dieu du carnage. Reza is famous for her play Art, but this work is more funny and more scary. Two sets of parents meet because one son has wacked another son in the face. Director Diana Leblanc highlighted both the laughs and the wild disorder.
What a weekend!
I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for THE NEW CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.