Republic of Duckworth Street

    Posted on: Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Duckworth Street, circa 1pm on Sunday.

A somewhat literal interpretation of ‘taking a bath is like bathing in your own filth’

    Posted on: Friday, November 19th, 2010

Corner of Bond and Victoria.

Blue away

    Posted on: Friday, November 19th, 2010

Context.

You saw me

    Posted on: Friday, November 19th, 2010

The Scope’s most recent addition to their website, I Saw You, has sparked a litany of differing responses from the public in its short time among us. From accusations of stalker encouragement and ego stroking to affirmations of communal playfulness and vows of altruism in the hopes of being noticed, the one thing people can all agree on is that I Saw You has caught our collective attention.

For that I say, nicely done.

I wonder, though, what might happen if people decided to flip I Saw You on its head from time to time? Instead of posting notifications about the actions of others, what if they started posting about themselves?

You saw me trip on that crack in the sidewalk and then laugh at myself uncontrollably (so glad someone caught that).

You saw me turn down the panhandler on the corner for the umpteenth time this week.

You saw me – you totally did – and you acted like you didn’t. WTF?

You saw me roll through that stop sign and almost cause an accident.

You saw me in the front row singing along to every word. You don’t even have an album out. Seriously, you’re biggest fan.

Rather than always hiding behind our observations of others, it might make for a refreshing change to see people shining the spotlight on themselves from time to time. Be it to self deprecate or congratulate, in putting ourselves forward like this I think we make our observations of others a little more justified.

Because if you can’t point the finger at yourself from time to time, how can you point it at anyone else?

Five very short reviews of new plays in the sand

    Posted on: Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Five New Very Short Plays in the Sand previewed to a full house at the Rabbittown Theatre last night, with many a would-be patron resigning themselves to return another night, perhaps with their tickets booked in advance (fair warning).

The intimate setting of the Rabbittown space, arranged in the round, a sandbox the only set piece, made for an ideal stage to present these experimental new works.

Lest anyone be concerned that dust from the sandbox might find its way into their faces over the course of the hour and a quarter long evening, rest assured the stage management team took careful measures during each of the four very short breaks between plays to keep that from happening.

In order of appearance, here are my very short impressions of the very short plays previewed in the sand last night.

Hope and Rage, written by Kenneth J. Harvey, directed by Emma Tibaldo, featuring Mark Power:

A smart choice to open up a night of experimental new works. Power delivers a no-bones-about-it performance wherein he permits the darkly comical work of Harvey to penetrate the flesh of the audience so that they may contemplate its deeper meaning.

The Answer, written by Sherry White, directed by Anne Troake, featuring Sue Kent and Mark Bath:

Absurdism meets slice of life when the Tupperware-totting Mercy’s prayers are answered (kinda) by the appearance of crack-addicted Guy. A battle of (t)wits ensues as Kent has her way both with our funny bones and heart strings in equal measure.

In So Many Words, written by Emily Bridger, directed by Courtney Brown, featuring Katie Butler and Mark Power:

A young femme fatale gets a reality check in this often poetic piece from newcomer Emily Bridger. The downbeat of the evening, In So Many Words gives as a true to life scenario in all its emotionally heightened glory.

The Great Wall, written by Robert Chafe, directed by Lois Brown, featuring Alison Woolridge and Sue Kent:

Woolridge and Kent go toe to toe in the sand-as-a-metaphor, delivering powerful performances atop this smartly written piece of playwriting from Chafe. More, please.

Birchy’s Wedding, written by Lois Brown, directed by Brad Hodder, featuring Katie Butler, Mark Bath, Sue Kent, Mark Power:

A smart choice to close a night of experimental new works. In words both delicate and dangerous, this one left me with more questions than answers. Just like a good night out at the theatre should.

Five New Very Short Plays in the Sand runs from tonight until Sunday at the Rabbittown Theatre. For tickets call the box office at 739-8220.