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Reviews “The Man in the Vault” an Artword Theatre production

July 26th, 2018
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Reviews! –“Rather than feel satisfied that the play’s wrapping up, you’ll want more.”
–“a play that had me on the edge of my seat, like an unproduced Twilight Zone episode scripted by a young John Le Carré.”
–“a very compelling script. The highlight of this show is the acting.” Click MORE for full reviews. Read more…

Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Reviews for shows in the Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival

July 24th, 2018
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The Fringe reviewers have been busy! Great reviews for all three shows at Artword Artbar BYOV! Here are the links we know about:

https://www.raisethehammer.org/fringe

https://www.thespec.com/whatson-story/8757842-hamilton-fringe-shakespeare-russian-conspiracies-and-three-acrobatic-witches/

Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Fringe BYOV Artword Artbar: The Man in the Vault

June 29th, 2018
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July 19 to 28, 2018. Part of the Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival.
The Man in the Vault
(Artword Theatre).
Performed by Mariam Bekhet, Jordan Campbell, Jason Thompson
Written and directed by Ronald Weihs
Produced and designed by Judith Sandiford
A Russian spy defects with information about Lee Harvey Oswald and the Kennedy assassination. James Angleton, the CIA’s legendary head of counterintelligence, is convinced he is a disinformation agent sent by the KGB. The defector is kept in a concrete vault in a secret location while interrogators try to extract the truth from the man in the vault. Based on true events in the 1960s that resonate with today’s headlines.
Drama, All Ages, Running Time: 60 minutes
Tickets: $10 (Fringe Backer Button required)  hamiltonfringe.ca/tickets/

Show Times: Thursday, July 19 @ 9pm, Friday, July 20 @ 4:30pm
Saturday, July 21 @ 7pm, Sunday, July 22 @ 8pm
Tuesday, July 24 @ 9pm, Wednesday, July 25 @ 7pm
Thursday, July 26 @ 9pm, Friday, July 27 @ 5pm
Saturday, July 28 @ 6pm  (Final show)

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Fringe BYOV Artword Artbar: The Decision

June 29th, 2018
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July 19 to 28, 2018. Part of the Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival.
The Decision (Gallery on the Bay).
Performed by Jordan Campbell and Jason Thompson.
Written by David Laing Dawson, directed by Ronald Weihs
Produced by Marlaise Dawson, design and lighting by Judith Sandiford
Amsterdam, May 16, 1940: Two young officers in the Royal Netherlands Army meet secretly. Their orders are to report to Gestapo Headquarters in the next morning.

Drama, Parental Guidance, Strong Language. Running Time: 60 minutes
Tickets: $12 for Adults, $5 for Children under 12. (Fringe Backer Button required)
hamiltonfringe.ca/tickets/

Show Times: Thursday, July 19 @ 7pm, Friday, July 20 @ 7pm
Saturday, July 21 @ 9pm, Sunday, July 22 @ 6pm
Tuesday, July 24 @ 7pm, Wednesday, July 25 @ 5pm
Thursday, July 26 @ 7pm, Friday, July 27 @ 7pm
Saturday, July 28 @ 4pm  (Final show)

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Fringe BYOV Artword Artbar: Romeo & Juliet: An Escapist Comedy

June 29th, 2018
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July 19 to 28, 2018. Part of the Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival.
Romeo & Juliet: An Escapist Comedy (Make Art Theatre).
Performed by Tyler Brent, Natalia Bushnik, Kristian Reimer, Ryan M. Sero, Liz Kalles, Laura Welch.
Written by Ryan M. Sero, Directed by Tyler Brent.
Winner of the Critics’ Choice Award at the 2014 Hamilton Fringe! The sell-out fan favorite returns! Romeo is distraught: his girlfriend just dumped him, he can’t find meaning in the universe, he’s worried there is no God, plus he can’t even get a table at Steinman’s! Shakespeare meets Woody Allen in this comic re-imagining of the Bard’s classic tale.
Comedy, All Ages, Running Time: 60 minutes.
Tickets: $10 (Fringe Backer Button required)  hamiltonfringe.ca/tickets/

Show Times: Thursday, July 19 @ 5pm, Friday, July 20 @ 9pm
Saturday, July 21 @ 5pm, Sunday, July 22 @ 4pm
Tuesday, July 24 @ 5pm, Wednesday, July 25 @ 9pm
Thursday, July 26 @ 5pm, Friday, July 27 @ 9pm
Saturday, July 28 @ 8pm (Final show)

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Hamilton Fringe AGM, Tues Mar 27 at 7 pm

February 27th, 2018
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Tuesday March 27, 2018, 7 to 10 pm. The Annual General Meeting of the Hamilton Fringe Festival.

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, News, Special event

“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

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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.

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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

“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

“Visceral, raw strength…” “passionately and creatively written and performed”

July 21st, 2016
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Once I Lived in the Box Review in View Magazine July 21 2016 by Heather Baer

Visceral, raw strength are words which came to mind while watching Once I Lived in the Box, a full-length dance work passionately and creatively written and performed by awarding winning choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls. Joining him are four beautiful women (Jamila Bello, Angela Del Franco, Sharon Harvey, and Tanis Macarthur) equally talented in their own right and each having a background in various movement forms from hip-hop to yoga and everything in between.

Once I Lived in the Box was inspired by a 10 page poem of the same name written by Mc Nicolls (“…because I have a lot to say”, quips Mc Nicolls when asked at a Q&A session after opening night) and reveals issues of vulnerability and trust as show through a series of solos, duets and quartets interwoven around, in, on and through movable pieces of “the box”.

The passion for and commitment to the piece and to their craft was expressed by the artists in every move from the fluid cadence of limbs to the exact placement of fingers as well as tell-tale glances and nods sometimes working in harmony and other times in opposition.

Come and enjoy this unique exposition. The artistry continues for the rest of the weekend at Artword Artbar.

Dance, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Gary Smith rave reviews for Box and Toller

July 16th, 2016
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Out there on the Fringe: Three plays that take us on a journey of discovery
Gary Smith  The Hamilton Spectator, 16 Jul 2016
Gary Smith has written on theatre and dance for The Hamilton Spectator for more than 30 years.

There’s diversity on The Fringe. Take Once I Lived in the Box, a contemporary dance drama that asks you to feel drama through movement. Or Toller, a second look at a troubled genius who made skating look easy and life look hard. And then there’s Anybody Else, Ryan Sero’s biting comedy about art versus commercial success. Even Sigmund Freud turns up in that one.
These are three distinctly different, but compelling human journeys that tell us we’re alive and thinking somewhere on The Fringe.

artword_box_0990Once I Lived in the Box is an intimate, intensely personal dance drama where movement says what words cannot. Learie Mc Nicolls and four outstanding female performers take us to the edge of personal discovery, forcing us to escape theatrical stereotypes and confront our personal psyches. Mc Nicolls’ choreography gives his dancers freedom to express who they are; each being a different and skilled artist who lets movement take her to a private, enigmatic place.
Angela Del Franco, statuesque and lean, has something of a Martha Graham sensibility about her, warm and cool at the same time. Sharon Harvey is a compact firebomb of a dancer who eats space. And somewhere in between such polarities is Tanis Macarthur, a pale presence who moves like a spectre connecting this world with some other time and place.
Mc Nicolls’ world of demons and darlings, set free in a performance that’s honest and pure, is enticing. And when the man himself puts on his familiar black derby he moves like a cross between a Bengal tiger and some latter day Mr. Bojangles: pure honey dripping from a spoon. Jamila Bello adds occasional words of wisdom via spoken raplike passages that bookend the performance.
Sophisticated and startling, Once I Lived in the Box plays at Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., July 19 to 22 at 9 p.m. and Sat. July 23 at 6 and 9 p.m.

Back in Hamilton for a second time is Sky Gilbert’s poetic drama Toller. If you missed it before, this is a perfect chance to catch one of the best works of the season. A tortured genius, Toller Cranston was a remarkable painter and a brilliant ice skater. He was a man who saw life through the opposite end of the telescope. His own emotions, sexual identity and theatrical attitude were simply part of his genius and Gilbert’s play. Here is a dazzling picture of the artist as a troubled human being. Imaginatively directed by Gilbert, and acted with great understanding and simplicity by David Tomlinson, Toller is luminous. It’s something Hamilton Fringe should be proud of. It’s at Artword Artbar, July 16 at 4 and 8 p.m. and July 17 at 2 p.m. For goodness sake, go see it. Read more…

Dance, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

DANCE: Once I Lived in the Box, FRINGE: July 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

June 10th, 2016
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FRINGE LOGO 2016_c Artword_Box_July2016_8x11posterSIX SHOWS: Tues- Fri July 19-22, 2016, at 9:00 pm; Sat July 23 at 6:00 & 9:00 pm. Running time 60 minutes.
Tickets $10: hamiltonfringe.ca/tickets/
or at door.
Artword Theatre presents Once I Lived in the Box, a dance work by Learie Mc Nicolls,  for the 2016 Hamilton Fringe Festival.Box_P1270889_c Dancer and choreographer Learie Mc Nicolls has created a full-length dance piece about vulnerability and trust. The piece is danced by Angela Del Franco, Sharon Harvey, Tanis Macarthur, Jamila Bello and Learie Mc Nicolls, in a sequence of trios, duets and solos, that reveal different aspects of isolation and connection. Judith Sandiford is producer and lighting designer. Box_P1270852_c
“Once I lived in the box/ hated the box/ loved the box/ respected the box/ got angry at the box… ”

Photos right are from the presentation at Artword Artbar in Feb 2016.
REVIEW: “Learie Mc Nicolls’ newest creation, Once I Lived in the Box, at Artword Artbar [Feb 3, 4 and 5, 2016], was a powerful, yet intimate, piece of choreography… This piece touched the heart. I hope it will be remounted; it deserves a longer run and a larger audience.” Ellen Jaffe, Ontario Arts Review

Dance, Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Sky Gilbert’s Toller, Hamilton Fringe Fest, July 14, 15, 16, 17

June 9th, 2016
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Toller_DBTomlinson_crThurs July 14 & Fri July 15 at 8 pm, Sat July 16 at 4 & 8 pm, Sun July 17 at 2 pm. Tickets $10: Hamilton Fringe website (http://hamiltonfringe.ca/tickets/) or at the door.
Venue: Artword Artbar, BYOV.
TOLLER, about figure-skater Toller Cranston. The play, premiered in November 2015 at Artword, is written and directed by Sky Gilbert, produced by hammertheatre, and stars David Benjamin Tomlinson in the role of Toller. The play is a fictional one-act presentation in which Toller Cranston muses on his life and times. It is inspired by Cranston’s 1997 memoir Zero Tollerance: An Intimate Memoir by The Man That Revolutionized Figure Skating. Toller Cranston died suddenly in 2015 at a relatively young age of 65. The Olympic Bronze medalist, born in Hamilton, was always a controversial figure. Sky Gilbert considers Toller Cranston as an historical gay figure much in the ‘old school closeted’ style of Noel Coward and Liberace. Uncomfortable with gay liberation, Cranston instead preferred to position himself as a creative outsider rather than as a homosexual.

Gary Smith (Hamilton Spectator) chose “Toller” as one of the Ten Best of 2015: Read more…

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Transformation by Learie Mc Nicolls, Fringe Festival, July 16 to 25

June 22nd, 2015
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transformation_poster_Jul2015Hamilton_Fringe_BLK Logo_smJuly 16 to 25, 2015, $10. Artword Theatre presents Transformation: A Journey of the Soul’s Healing by Learie Mc Nicolls, in the 2015 Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival.
Learie Mc Nicolls confronts the demons of poverty, violence and fear in his powerful new work, Transformation_Learie_McNicolls_13bcTransformation: a Journey of the Soul’s Healing. An Artword Theatre production, directed by Ronald Weihs, Transformation combines dance, spoken word, soundscape and visual images, to present one man’s struggle to come to terms with his troubled Trinidad childhood and redeem the forgotten child inside him. The live musical soundscape is by Dale Morningstar, and live visuals by Judith Sandiford.Transformation_Learie_McNicolls_3br
Article on March version of Transformation
Venue: Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., a Bring-Your-Own-Venue.
Running time: 60 minutes. Eight performances, showtimes:
Thursday July 16 at 9 pm; Friday July 17 at 9 pm;
Saturday July 18 at 9 pm; Sunday July 19 at 8 pm;
Wednesday July 22 at 9 pm; Thursday July 23 at 8 pm;
Friday July 24 at 9 pm; Saturday July 25 at 9 pm  (Final Show)
Tickets $10 at door or online at: http://hamiltonfringe.ca/tickets/
plus a one-time purchase of a Fringe Button ($5), good for all Fringe shows.

Click here for Transformation_press_rel_Artword_Fringe2015.pdf
Learie Mc Nicolls has been a key figure in the contemporary dance scene in Toronto since the 1980s. He has danced with Toronto Dance Theatre, Desrosiers Dance Theatre, Dancemakers, the National Ballet of Cuba, and his own company, Mythmakers. Read more…

Dance, Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Literary, Spoken Word, Theatre

Drinking, Fighting and Fishing, Fringe Festival, July 16 to 25

June 21st, 2015
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Hamilton_Fringe_BLK Logo_smJulian_Nicholson_posterJuly 16 to 25, 2015, eight performances, $10. Julian Nicholson and David B. Fraser present Drinking, Fighting and Fishing at Artword Artbar (a BYOV Venue), as part of the 2015 Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival, .
Julian Nicholson stars in Drinking, Fighting and Fishing, a one-man play by David B. Fraser, about Andy and his two brothers drinking, fighting, and fishing their way through life. Andy re-lives his youth and his traumatic history that masks a deeper and mysterious illness affecting his life. The play, a coming of age story that deals with mental illness and substance abuse, is funny, desperate, and honest.
Julian Nicholson and David B. Fraser are long-time theatre veterans who have collaborated on many theatre projects in the Toronto and Hamilton area. Most recently, Julian directed David’s play A Home for Margaret in the 2014 Hamilton Fringe Festival. David B. Fraser won the 2008 Hamilton Fringe Playwright’s Contest for his play Gerald Hilroy’s Guide to the Art of Seduction.
Venue: Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne Street, a Bring-Your-Own-Venue.
Running time is 45 minutes.
Show times for Drinking, Fighting and Fishing are: Thursday, July 16 at 7:30 pm; Friday, July 17 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, July 18 at 7:30 pm; Tuesday, July 21 at 8 pm; Wednesday, July 22 at 7:30 pm; Friday, July 24 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, July 25 at 5:00 pm and at 7:30 pm  (Final Show)

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Reviews: Artword Theatre production Stuart Laughton’s Trumpet Romance

July 19th, 2014
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Fringe_photo_bySuzanne Steenquist_800TRUMPET ROMANCE: A WILD JOURNEY IN SEARCH OF MUSIC
Review by Channah Cohen in View http://www.viewmag.com/42847-Hamilton+Fringe+Festival+2014+Reviews.htm
In Trumpet Romance, currently playing at Artword Theatre, Stuart Laughton, trumpet player and musician extraordinaire, takes his audience on what he affectionately calls “a wild journey in search of music.” Using narration, musical instruments (trumpets, guitar, harmonica), and a series of projected images, Laughton does, in fact, take us on a journey that is not only entertaining and filled with gentle self–irony and humour. It is also profoundly moving and ultimately challenges us to look beyond the obvious in music and to experience its very essence. The journey itself is well crafted (by Laughton and Weihs), starting with what becomes ultimately a question: “Bon Vivant.” What, indeed, is a “bon vivant”?
In Laughton’s case, he falls in love with the trumpet as a child, exploring the possibilities of the sound he—and the instrument––can make. Playing music becomes his life, leading to a distinguished career on the concert stage, but the world of concert halls, where the beauty of music can triumph (we witness a gorgeous moment in La Scala), that beauty can also become undermined by human pride, self–interest. Besides, music is not simply an ornament for the life of the “bon vivant,” not a cultural indulgence. Instead, as Louis Armstrong said about jazz: “You can even live by it.” Classical, blues, jazz, rock, experimental—music is not simply to be consumed but to enter into. And so we accompany Laughton to Murray Schafer’s Patria Project in the Haliburton wilds and we listen and watch as music finds its echo among the trees, in the air, in the life force that transcends everything. For that is what “Bon Vivant” means.
Trumpet Romance is an extraordinary experience: beautifully put together, performed, and not to be missed.(CC

Gary Smith in The Hamilton Spectator
http://www.thespec.com/whatson-story/4640125-a-star-walk-a-trumpet-s-blare-castro-s-cuba-and-armenian-genocide/

“The man has stories to tell, and he tells them in his hour-long Trumpet Romance: a wild journey in search of music…. The stories are told with affection and candour, punctuated by some glorious trumpet sounds…. Ron Weihs’ direction never gets in the way of Laughton’s honesty.”
Gary Smith of The Hamilton Spectator reviews Artword Theatre’s Trumpet Romance, at BYOV Artword Artbar.
Also reviewed is Rise of the the Prickly Pear (also at Artword Artbar), and two of the mini gallery shows around the corner on James Street. Paula Grove, a long-standing member of the Artword Theatre Ensemble who appeared recently in “James Street” and “Scroogissimo”, get a warm accolade from Gary for her show There Was and There Was Not.

Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, News

THEATRE: Artword Theatre, Stuart Laughton’s Trumpet Romance, July 17 to 27

June 16th, 2014
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Hamilton_Fringe_BLK Logo_smArtwordTheatre_Trumpet_Romance_flyerwebB600July 17 to 27, 2014. Artword Theatre presents Stuart Laughton’s “Trumpet Romance: a wild journey in search of music, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival, at our Bring-Your-Own-Venue: Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St
Trumpet Romance: a wild journey in search of music is written and performed byStuart_Laughton_0270_c680 Stuart Laughton with an array of musical instruments including trumpet, guitar, harmonica, piano. The show is directed by Ronald Weihs, who also did the script development, and produced by Artword Theatre.  Stuart Laughton picked up a trumpet when he was nine, and it was love at first breath. He began a stellar classical career: Canadian Brass at age 19 and La Scala orchestra at 23. But the siren call of B.B. King’s guitar took him on a wild musical journey, playing roots music in Porkbelly Futures, until it all came together by a lake in Haliburton in R. Murray Schafer’s And Wolf Shall Inherit the Moon.  For more about Stuart Laughton: http://www.radiodial.ca/
TICKETS: $10   http://hamiltonfringe.ca/tickets/
The show runs 60 minutes and is suitable for an all-ages general audience.
SHOW TIMES:
Thu July 17 8:00 pm (Opening), Sat July 19 7:00 pm, Sun July 20 4:00 pm, Tues July 22 8:00 pm,
Wed July 23 7:00 pm, Fri July 25 7:00 pm, Sat July 26 9:00 pm, Sun July 27 6:00 pm (final show)

Click here to download the Trumpet Romance press release:

Stuart Laughton, “Trumpet Romance”, photo gallery: Read more…

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

THEATRE: Red Betty Theatre, Rise of the Prickly Pear, July 18 to 27

June 15th, 2014
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Hamilton_Fringe_BLK Logo_smRise_Of_The_Prickly_PearJuly 18 to 27, 2014. RED BETTY THEATRE and Hamilton Fringe Festival present Rise Of The Prickly Pear, a new play by Radha S Menon, directed by Tony Sciara, featuring Nathan Bigec, Carla Garcia, Tamara Kamermans.
“Beauty’s a fickle mistress who tolerates nothing from her lover Old Man Time”
From the same team as last summer’s fringe hit show Ghost Train Riders and winner of View Magazine’s Best Of Theatre 2013, Radha S Menon’s steamy new play Rise Of The Prickly Pear will have you on the edge of your seat. Set in 1958 Santiago De Cuba, Che Guevara and his ‘bearded ones’ are holed up in the Sierra Maestra fighting bitterly as revolution grips the nation in a dire struggle against imperialism. Rise Of The Prickly Pear is a story of forbidden love–? lost and found. Two women, three men and a prickly pear… in a comical wrangle for love and lust. Who can avoid slivers as they bite their way to the top? Who will be consumed?
VENUE: Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne Street, Hamilton
TICKETS: $10  http://hamiltonfringe.ca/tickets/
SHOW TIMES:
Running time: 60 minutes. Fri July 18 7:00 pm (Opening), Sat July Sat 19 9:00 pm, Sun July 20 6:00 pm, Wed July 23 9:00 pm, Thurs July 24 7:00 pm, Fri July 25 9:00 pm, Sat July 26 7:00 pm, Sun July Sun 27 4:00 pm (final show)

Contact: Leo Sciara, email: Production.redbettytheatre@gmail.com
www.redbettytheatre.com       @redbettytheatre
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Red-Betty-Theatre/286534401361269

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Theatre

Late music weekends during Fringe Festival, Jul 18, 25, 26

June 14th, 2014
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Special late night music Fri Jul 18, Fri Jul 25, Sat July 26, after the plays at Artword Artbar in the Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival!

Friday July 18 at 9:30 pm, tip jar, jazz with the Chris Bruder Quartet, featuring Mike Malone on trumpet/flugelhorn, Jon Stemmler on bass, Mark Ballyk on drums and Chris Bruder on piano.

CANCELLED Saturday July 19 at 10:30 pm, tip jar, jazz with the ‘Sargent Reckless’ trio: Mike DeiCont bass (back from NY), Sean Dowhaniuk guitar, Mike Rajna drums.

Friday July 25 at 10:30 pm, tip jar, funk,/blues/jazz with Scott McIntosh guitar, Tom Altobelli and Jordan Snider drums.

Saturday July 26 at 10:30 pm, tip jar, Charlie Parker jazz tribute by the Abigail Neale Quintet (Abigail Neale alto and soprano sax, Chris Bruder piano, Tom Altobelli acoustic bass, Luke Paron drums  and a trombone player).

Event, Hamilton Fringe Theatre Fest, Music, Music-Jazz

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