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FEATURED POST: Charly Chiarelli new show Charly’s Piano deal

October 10th, 2017
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Charly Chiarelli‘s new show Charly’s Piano, December 7 to 16, 2017. If you came out to Cu’Fu? and loved it, you are eligible for the two-show package discount. Call 905-543-8512. Charly’s Piano, a new play by Charly Chiarelli, is the true story about how Charly went to work as a psychiatric assistant Read more…

Theatre

Charly Chiarelli’s hit show Cu’Fu? returns: Sept 28 to Oct 7

August 18th, 2017
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Thursday September 28 to Saturday October 7, 2017. Charly Chiarelli‘s classic hit show Cu’Fu? (So Who Did It?), Stories of a Sicilian Family, returns to Hamilton, for a two-week run at Artword Artbar. An Artword Theatre production written and performed by Charly Chiarelli, directed and dramaturged by Ronald Weihs.
Cu’Fu?, the show that made him famous, is Charly’s hilarious and touching tribute to his crazy Sicilian family in the North End of Hamilton. His father’s bewilderment at the automatic record changer, his mother’s uncanny ability to read faces, and the unexpected reaction of both when they discover Charly is smoking “Mario Lanza”, create a portrait that is both affectionate and achingly funny.
Show times and prices:
Opening Festitalia Special, Thurs Sept 28, at 8 pm, $20
Fri & Sat Sept 29 & 30, at 8 pm, $20. Sun Oct 1 matinee at 3 pm, $20
Tues to Sat, Oct 3 to 7, at 8 pm, $20. Final show is Sat Oct 7.

Event, Theatre

“A real gem” Review by Lyla Miklos: Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy

July 19th, 2017
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“…a truly enchanting hour showcasing some of Hughes’ moving, political, and still frighteningly relevant poetry.”

2017 HAMILTON FRINGE FESTIVAL MINI REVIEW FROM CENTRE STAGE WITH LYLA MIKLOS ON 101.5 FM THE HAWK

This Fringe show was a real gem and a pleasant surprise. Writer/Director Ronald Weihs takes us back to 1953 when Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes was summoned by infamous Senator Joseph McCarthy to speak to the Senate Committee on Investigations. Combining projected pictures from the era, jazz music, movement and two amazing actors Weihs transports his audience into both a frightening and inspiring time and place. A time and place that reminds us of the fragility of our democracies as we still so easily allow ideological demagogues to take away our collective powers.

What makes this production really sing is when Learie Mc Nicolls brings to life the words of Langston Hughes. More than once the audience would burst into spontaneous applause at the end of one his powerful recitations. Not only did his voice bounce off the walls, but his feet and body were bouncing and moving all over the stage. Mc Nicolls was utterly captivating to experience and witness in this fully realized performance. The counter point to his poignant energy was the brittle intensity that Howard Jerome brought to his role as the nefarious McCarthy. Read more…

Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, News, Theatre

“Acting powerhouse” Review by Lori Littleton, Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy

July 19th, 2017
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“top-notch actors and a unique, artful structure”

Jul 24, 2017, by Lori Littleton,  Hamilton Spectator

Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy
Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St. — July 25-27 at 9 p.m., and July 28-29 at 8:30 p.m.

Writer/ director Ronald Weihs has assembled an acting powerhouse for this 60-minute drama. Dora Award-winner Learie McNicolls is Langston Hughes, renowned poet of the Harlem Renaissance, and Howard Jerome is Joe McCarthy, a U.S. Senator known for his pursuit of anyone affiliated with Communism in the 1950s. The play is based on actual transcripts of Hughes’ testimony before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in March 1953. But this isn’t a courtroom drama and there’s no thundering climax. Instead, the play features McCarthy asking Hughes questions about his poetry. Seated, Hughes answers but then rises to narrate a poem. A skilled dancer, McNicolls artfully adds to his delivery of these poems, which punctuate issues such as workers’ rights, racism, inequality and religion. Weihs also tackles more philosophical topics such as whether a writer’s views be separated from his work. Read more…

Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, News, Theatre

Fringe 2017: Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy, an Artword Theatre producton, July 20 to 29

June 19th, 2017
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July 20 to 29, 2017. Artword Theatre participates in the 2017 Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival with a timely and sensitive piece of documentary theatre, Langston Hughes vs. Joe McCarthy, written and directed by Ronald Weihs and produced by Judith Sandiford. Dancer-choreographer-actor Learie Mc Nicolls plays the role of Langston Hughes and character actor Howard Jerome performs as The Interrogator.
Is poetry subversive? U.S. Senator Joe McCarthy thought so. On March 24, 1953, Langston Hughes, renowned poet of the Harlem Renaissance, was summoned before the Senate Committee on Investigations. Did his poems contain communist ideas? In reply, Langston Hughes tells about his personal encounters with racism in America. The script is based on the actual transcript of his testimony, interwoven with the controversial poems, and incorporating dance, music and powerful images of the era.
Running time: 60 minutes.
Tickets: $10 + one-time Fringe button:  BUY Tickets Fringe website
Showtimes: Thu July 20: 6:30pm, Fri July 21: 9:00pm, Sat July 22: 9:00pm, Sun July 23: 8:30pm, Tue July 25: 9:00pm, Wed July 26: 9:00pm, Thu July 27: 9:00pm, Fri July 28: 8:30pm, Sat July 29: 8:30pm
[The poems by Langston Hughes are used by permission granted by Harold Ober Associates Incorporated, as agents for the Estate of Langston Hughes.]

Click here for full PRESS RELEASE pdf

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Fringe 2017: Chéri, a play by Sky Gilbert, based on Colette novels. July 22-23, 28-29

June 18th, 2017
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July 22-23, 28-29, 2017. The 2017 Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival at Artword Artbar Bring-Your-Own-Venue: Chéri, a play by Sky Gilbert and Dustin Peters, based on novels of French author Colette (photo). Directed by Sky Gilbert, with Peggy Mahon as Léa, an elderly ex-courtesan who is performing a musical based on her life story. The lady becomes distracted by her pianist (Dustin Peters), who reminds her of her lover from many years ago — Chéri. The play deals with issues of aging and the true nature of love.
Running Time: 50 minutes
Tickets: $10 + one-time Fringe button:  BUY Tickets Fringe website
Showtimes: Sat July 22: 3:00pm, Sat July 22: 7:00pm, Sun July 23: 3:30pm, Fri July 28: 4:30pm, Sat July 29: 2:30pm, Sat July 29: 6:30pm

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Fringe 2017: The Lost Years by Peter Gruner, July 20 to 29

June 17th, 2017
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July 20 to 29, 2017. The 2017 Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival at Artword Artbar Bring-Your-Own-Venue: The Lost Years: a Renurg Production by Peter Gruner, directed by Al French, performed by Deb Dagenais and Peter Gruner.
Travel through The Lost Years… Having kids is crazy! You start out young and suddenly “wake up” old. Ben and Carly start off happy and naïve, but where will they be after their journey through parenthood? The Lost Years is the time spent raising children. For parents, parents-to-be, children or anyone in a long term relationship. A comedy from the creators of Minced, Laund-o-Mat at the End of the World, and Mommy’s Mask.
Running Time: 50 minutes
Tickets: $10 + one-time Fringe button:  BUY Tickets Fringe website
Showtimes: Thu July 20: 8:30pm, Fri July 21: 7:00pm, Sat July 22: 5:00pm, Sun July 23: 6:00pm, Tues July 25: 7:00pm, Wed July 26: 7:00pm, Thu July 27: 7:00pm, Fri July 28: 6:30pm, Sat July 29: 4:30pm.

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

BYOV 3 shows at Artword Artbar: Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival, July 20 to 30

June 16th, 2017
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July 20 to 30, 2017. Artword Artbar is a Bring-Your-Own-Venue for three theatre projects in the 2017 Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival. Full schedule of the Festival BUY Tickets on Fringe Festival website
The productions at Artword Artbar are:
#1: The Lost Years: a Renurg Production by Peter Gruner, directed by Al French, performed by Deb Dagenais and Peter Gruner.
#2: Cheri: by Sky Gilbert and Dustin Peters, directed by Sky Gilbert, performed by Peggy Mahon and Dustin Peters.
#3: Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy. An Artword Theatre production, written and directed by Ronald Weihs, performed by Learie Mc Nicolls and Howard Jerome.

Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Artword Theatre: Seven Duets +Night Journey by Learie Mc Nicolls, June 21-23

May 21st, 2017
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Wednesday to Friday, June 21 to 23, 2017, at 8 pm, $10 advance (call 905-543-8512) / $15 at door. Artword Theatre presents a Contemporary Dance Showcase, curated by dancer-choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls. The program will be repeated for three evenings.
Featured is a new work, Seven Duets, choreographed and danced by Learie Mc Nicolls with Tanis Macarthur, exploring the lifts and falls in dance that can only be done with a partner.
Learie will also perform a new version of his solo work Night Journey, choreographed to selected recorded music by solo bassist Wilbert De Joode. This work was first presented in February. Lighting and visual design by Judith Sandiford features real-time projections.

Dance, Event, Theatre

Artword Theatre: Charly’s Piano w. Charly Chiarelli, Wed & Thurs May 17 & 18

April 16th, 2017
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Wednesday May 17 and Thursday May 18, 2017, at 8 pm, pwyc/$10. Artword Theatre presents Charly’s Piano, a new work-in-progress. A young man looking for work in 1971, a psychiatric hospital, and a piano. Performed by Charly Chiarelli. Written by Charly Chiarelli and Ronald Weihs.

This is the fourth in a series of monthly theatre projects-in-progress, with Artistic Director Ronald Weihs. The February edition (#1) was Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy, a reading based on testimony from the interrogation in 1953 interspersed with some of his poems. The March edition (#2) was Mind Wars: a theatre exploration about the 1960s, when politics became a struggle over reality and perception, with readings from actual testimony and interviews of the Yippies, Black Activists, the CIA, the FBI. The April edition (#3) was The Man in the Vault by Ronald Weihs, a staged reading of a new script based on actual events. The play explores how a CIA counter-intelligence scandal in the 1960s telescopes into the present. What is the truth? How do you know if you have found it?
To find out more, call 905-543-8512 or email: rweihs@artword.net, artword@artword.net

Event, Theatre

Artword Theatre: The Man in the Vault, Wed-Thur Apr 12-13

March 8th, 2017
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Wednesday April 12 and Thursday April 13, 2017, at 8 pm, pwyc/$10. Artword Theatre presents The Man in the Vault by Ronald Weihs. Based on actual events, the play explores how a CIA counter-intelligence scandal in the 1960s telescopes into the present. What is the truth? How do you know if you have found it? A staged reading performed by Val Kay, Tom Dusome, Sean Emberley and Learie Mc Nicolls.
This is the third in a series of monthly theatre projects in the works, with Artistic Director Ronald Weihs. The February edition (#1) was Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy, a reading based on testimony from the interrogation in 1953 interspersed with some of his poems. The March edition (#2) was Mind Wars: a theatre exploration about the 1960s, when politics became a struggle over reality and perception, with readings from actual testimony and interviews of the Yippies, Black Activists, the CIA, the FBI.
To find out more, call 905-543-8512 or email: rweihs@artword.net, artword@artword.net

Event, Theatre

THEATRE: play-readings for The Future is Female Festival, Wed Mar 22

February 12th, 2017
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Wednesday March 22, 2017, at 7:30. Hamilton’s Make Art Theatre presents an evening of three play-readings as part of The Future is Female Festival. The plays featured are:
** How to Date a Politically-Correct Feminist (Or, the Compassion Experiment) by Emma Harr
** Press  by Alice Stanley Jr.
** Low & Away by Demetra Kareman
Readers: Cadance Allen, Liz Buchanan, Sean Emberley, Carlos Jimenez, Kenneth Johnson, Tina Kocic, Amy Noelle Milligan, and Amber Wood

The Future is Female Festival is a festival of readings of short plays by women of all backgrounds on the subject “the future is female” and what that means to them. The festival is happening across North America throughout the month of March. It is an expression of the hope that the future will hold equality for all and a celebration of women in theatre. https://thefutureisfemalefestival.com/

Event, Special event, Theatre

Artword Theatre: Mind Wars, Wed & Thurs Mar 15 & 16

February 8th, 2017
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Wednesday March 15 and Thursday March 16, 2017, at 8 pm, pwyc/$10. Artword Theatre presents Mind Wars: a theatre exploration about the 1960s, when politics became a struggle over reality and perception. Readings from actual testimony and interviews bring back the Yippies vs the CIA, Black Activists vs the FBI, brainwashing, mind control and propaganda of the era. Conceived and assembled by director Ronald Weihs. Performed by Pamela Gardner, Tom Dusome, Howard Jerome, Tamara Buckland and Learie Mc Nicolls. This is the second in a series of theatre projects in the works, with Artistic Director Ronald Weihs. To find out more, and how to participate, or just attend, call 905-543-8512 or email: rweihs@artword.net, artword@artword.net

Event, Theatre

“Langston Hughes vs. Joe McCarthy” for Black History Month + Howard Jerome, Wed & Thurs Feb 15 & 16

January 4th, 2017
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Wednesday & Thursday, February 15 & 16, 2017, at 8 pm. Artword Theatre presents a remount of “Langston Hughes vs. Joe McCarthy”,  a dramatic reading for Black History Month. Featuring Learie McNicolls, Tamara Buckland, and Howard Jerome. Conceived and directed by Ronald Weihs. On March 24, 1953, Langston Hughes, renowned poet of the Harlem Renaissance, was summoned before the McCarthy Committee investigating communist subversion in the USA. This dramatic reading interweaves some of his testimony with selected poems.

The second half of the evening features Howard Jerome, veteran actor, improviser, gamer voice, former beatnik-hippie-new-ager, who brings on one of his multiple personalities: Dr. Possibilities. The Doctor is making a house call at Artword Artbar. Come and get your out-of-body exam. Have your mind expanded, your heart opened, and your vision illumined. Make your appointment today.

Event, Storytelling, Theatre

Queens of Quirk, Sat Feb 4, 2017

December 20th, 2016
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Saturday February 4, 2017, at 8 pm. Tickets $20, book online: https://www.bruha.com/event/523#tickets
Hanna Bech hosts a new edition of Queens of Quirk, an evening celebrating the (un)conventionally cool. This time the evening involves music, silks, comedy and a radio musical. Tonight’s Queens:
Hanna Bech, songwriter/piano player, is a professor of whimsy, and a diviner of hooks;
Pamela Gardner is a velvet-voiced flying songbird and member of HAG (Hamilton Aerial Group);
Mary Clements is debuting as a songwriter, whose folky piano tunes will remind you of musicals;
Radha Menon, playwright, brings a staged reading of her original radio musical Circles, set in ancient Sicily, about a deserting Roman soldier, an Archimedes groupie and a singing cyclops. Book and script by Radha Menon and music composed by Hanna Bech.

Event, Music, Music: singer-songwriter, Theatre

THEATRE: Scroogissimo returns! In time for party season! Nov 29 to Dec 11

October 20th, 2016
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November 29 to December 11, 2016, Tues to Sat at 8 pm, Sun mat at 2:30 pm. Tickets: Adults $25, Student $15, Child 14 and under $10. Tuesdays $10 at door. Please reserve (905-543-8512), as seating is limited. Or  BUY_tix_buttonBook online

WebArtword Theatre’s delightful Christmas comedy Scroogissimo returns for a third time to Artword Artbar, Nov 29 to Dec 11. Hamilton’s North End meets Charles Dickens in a wacky script by Ryan Sero and Charly Chiarelli, directed by Ronald Weihs. With the original cast!
A sell-out hit in 2013 and 2014, Scroogissimo features Charly as “Ebenezu Scroogi”, a Christmas-hating old Hamiltonian from Racalmuto, Sicily, who finds himself haunted by three ghosts of the Past, Present and Future.
Scroogissimo is performed by the original cast: Charly Chiarelli, Pamela Gardner, Paula Grove, Valeri Kay, Jon-Gordon Odegaard, and Jay Shand.
Musical support for Scroogissimo is provided by Tim Nijenhuis (keyboard), leader of the blues trio Beg to Differ.
(Cast photo by Adam Carter.)

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THEATRE: Princess, a new play by Sky Gilbert, Nov 17 to 27

October 10th, 2016
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anna-chatterton_cThurs-Sun Nov 17-20 and Thurs-Sun Nov 24-27, 2016. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm $15, Sun mats 2 pm pwyc. Princess, a Hammertheatre Production, is a new one-act play written and directed by Sky Gilbert. It stars Anna Chatterton (writer/performer in Quiver at Theatre Aquarius Studio) as Mary Beth, and Ralph Small as her father. A young woman meets her dad in a little cafe. We learn that she has cancer, and that her father neglected her is a child. But is that all the truth? Or are there other truths? As the confrontation grows deeper we learn some troubling things about the young woman, and we also learn that things are not quite what they seem. Mary Beth is an extreme young woman, but maybe her obsessions are not that different from someone you know. Not every little girl can be a princess, and not every little girl can be perfectly happy. Can you come to terms with that? With life?
The show runs 60 mins.
LATE SHOW, after Princess: On Saturday Nov. 26 at 9:30 pm, Brazilian Bossa Nova with vocalist Angela Turone, and guitarist Chris Platt.

Event, Theatre

MacBush the Musical trailer

October 8th, 2016
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THEATRE: MacBush the Musical returns! In time for the election! Nov 1-13

September 27th, 2016
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November 1 to 13, 2016. BACK for a 2-week run at Artword Artbar, in time for you-know-which election week! Tues-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $25.00, or 2-show deal ($18 each)  BUY_tix_buttonBook online
MacBush, the Musical, by David L. Dawson and directed by Ronald Weihs, is a musical mash-up of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the George Bush administration.
macbush_2_cheney_powell_bush_rumsfeld_rice2You need to see this show! Here’s why:
“Tired of Trump, Hillary and the crew dispensing ‘Ain’t America Great’ on TV? Then go get a reality check at Artword Artbar, where Artword Theatre is offering hemlock and humour, stirred not shaken, in a bitter witches’ brew. … Sean Emberley stands out as a prog_macbush_8_saddam_binladen_ahmadinejad21look-alike for the grinning George Bush. Jon-Gordon Odegaard makes an exotic Osama bin Laden. And Will Gillespie and Allan Merovitz have fun with the roles of Rumsfeld and Cheney.  … Well worth seeing.” (Gary Smith, Hamilton Spectator, May 2016).
“This lively play… threads its laughs with an undeniably sinister undercurrent…  Jamila B.’s vocals are a treat…  she not only has good comedic timing but is eerie when she evokes Lady Macbeth.” (Allison Jones, View Magazine, May 2016)
prog_macbush_5_iraqi_woman2_c“Mixing clever, biting political satire…, showing how power corrupts and evil proliferates. … Two highlights of the show are Shavini Fernando’s portrayal of an Iraqi woman’s lament, …and Will Gillespie, as an ordinary soldier. Shand’s portrayal of Powell’s conflicts is memorable.” (Ellen Jaffe, Ont Arts Review, May 2016)
Who? Performed by seven accomplished singer-actors in the Artword Theatre Ensemble: Jamila Bello, Sean Emberley, Shavini Fernando, Will Gillespie, Allan Merovitz, Jon-Gordon Odegaard, Jay Shand.
Music direction and performance by Tim Nijenhuis, with percussion by Steve Foster.
Book and lyrics by David Laing Dawson. Music by Charles W. Humphreys.
Directed by Ronald Weihs. Design by Judith Sandiford.
Produced by Artword Theatre and Gallery on the Bay.
Ticket Prices? Wed to Sun $25 Call 905-543-8512, or book online BUY_tix_button
Tuesday Special all tickets $10 cash at door
When? November 1 to 13, 2016, Tues to Sat at 8 pm, Sun mat. at 2:30 pm
Where? Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne Street, artword@artword.net

What is this show about? G. Dubya and his sidekicks Dickie, Rummy, Condi and Coley sing jaunty show tunes while they plan tactics of ‘shock and awe’. Songs sung by a soldier and an Iraqi woman reveal other viewpoints. With guest appearances by ‘Saddam Hussein’ and ‘Osama Bin Laden’ and ‘Ahmadinejad’ as witches, who have some chilling prophecies about our now current world crisis.

Event, News, Theatre

Dance: Learie Mc Nicolls, Roots en Route at Artword, Sun Sept 25

August 18th, 2016
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renr_logoRoots en Route Festival of World Music, Dance, Spoken Word, presented by Matapa in multiple venues. http://www.matapa.org/ and  http://rootsenroutefest.com/new-events/
Events at Artword Artbar:
artword_box_0990Sunday, September 25, 2016, 8 pm, $20 (advance reserve 905-543-8512), $25 door. Artword Theatre presents a dance double-bill:
Once I Lived in the Box (30-minute version) is choreographed by Learie Mc Nicolls, performed by dancers Angela Del Franco, Sharon Harvey, Tanis Macarthur and Learie Mc Nicolls. “Once I lived in the box/ hated the box/ loved the box/ respected the box/ got angry at the box… ” The piece is a sequence of trios, duets and solos, that reveal different aspects of isolation and connection, vulnerability and trust. Learie_McNicolls_0194_cThe full length version of this stunning work premiered at the Hamilton Fringe Festival 2016, to rave reviews.
The Parrot of Paradise is a Caribbean tale told in dance and spoken word, written and performed by Learie Mc Nicolls. This is the premiere of a new work. It tells a story of a individual chosen to tell a short tale of a particular incident on a particular island. The story draws on Learie’s own experience growing up in the Caribbean, and is partly autobiographical, partly historical. Duration 20 mins.

Dance, Event, Theatre

“the best thing you see at the Fringe this year” review by Amos Crawley

July 21st, 2016
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Once I Lived in the Box
Review by Amos Crawley, Published July 20, 2016   https://raisethehammer.org/fringe/2988/once_i_lived_in_the_box

Once I Lived In The Box is a dire warning. It’s a tired and nearly, nearly defeated voice crying out in the middle of a windy, terrifying night. It is by turns haunting, sensual, humorous, distant and visceral. Like the Otis Redding version of A Change Is Gonna Come that scores a marvelous solo, it’s a show that never once apologizes for the pain of being alive.

It is a shared experience in that way – it’s us who are being warned: STOP! We hold on to our faked generosity, our small ownerships, our secret hate for dear life as if we ourselves are not part of a continuum-as if we do not all break the same way.

The show begins with the razor edge feeling of a situation that can’t possibly end well. Then quickly we are in the hustle and bustle of a life where life is that which gets swept away-hidden.

The show moves for the most part with the undeniable pulse of heartbreak. We are perhaps doomed and our inner turmoil is a result of the lack of faith we put in one another, of a true generosity of spirit. That’s the price we all gotta pay. Isn’t it a pity?

Mc Nicolls and his gifted, dedicated performers unselfishly make the political personal so that at the turn of a phrase or a fade in the music (the evening is accompanied by some of the most exquisite music of the 20th century) we have gone from the world at large to the most intimate trials and tribulations of a love affair.

It may be a warning, but it is not a hopeless warning. There is always joy available. We’re gonna end up in a box anyhow-why live in one too?

It may be a warning. It may also be the best thing you see at the Fringe this year.

Amos Crawley is an actor, director and acting instructor who lives in East Hamilton with his wife, actor and director Cadence Allen, and their young son.

Dance, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

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