Thursday, November 04, 2004

Good Show

I saw Take a Breath at the Roundhouse last night. It was very good. It's on through Sunday and worth catching (oops bad pun).

I had always thought of community theatre projects as reheated Broadway musicals or awkwardly-rendered one acts, but this is something new. The show was developed by people in the neighbourhood, led by the Roundhouse's artist in residence, Valerie Methot.

The thirty actors in the show are all ages and from many different backgrounds with very different experiences in the theatre and in life. Each one brings a one minute "piece" to the show, and also works to support the others in their presentations. There's song, dance, creative movement, poetry, even a version of the Snow White story. It is immediate, exciting and real.

Tickets are just $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Don't count on the latter though. I bet this will sell out for the rest of the run. It's short too, just about an hour and a quarter. You should go.

Question: How would one minute of your life look/sound/feel on stage?

mompoet: uncurling

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