This Week in Theatre: Kamp (Camp), El Camino, The Barber of Seville, The Bone House
This week in theatre rounds up the most noteworthy live theatre playing right now in Toronto. It includes just-opened shows as well as productions that are about to close.
Kamp (Camp) / Enwave Theatre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $15-$30
It's extremely difficult to represent on stage the trauma suffered at concentration camps during the holocaust. It was human suffering at its most extreme. But Hotel Modern from the Netherlands is ambitious in its play about Auschwitz, filling the stage with thousands of eight-centimetre-tall puppets as stand-ins for the prisoners. Alongside the puppets, performers move through the set with cameras while the audience plays witness.
El Camino or The Field of Stars / Videofag / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $15
Halifax theatre artist Stewart Legere travels to Toronto to premiere El Camino or The Field of Stars, a complex solo show featuring a story about a young and in-love queer couple battling their own internalized homophobia. Throughout the course of the play, Legere takes the audience on a trip to Italy that doesn't go as planned, as well as explores the significance of an ancient pilgrimage to France and Spain called El Camino Santiago de Compostella.
The Barber of Seville / Soulpepper - Young Centre / 8:00pm/2:00pm / $32-$62
There are so many versions of The Barber of Seville, but which one is it? The original is Pierre Beaumarchais's play of 1775, which was followed by Gioachino Rossini's comic opera of 1816 (the most well known). Soulpepper has turned to the updated version from Michael O'Brien who pulls from both the play and opera. It's directed by Leah Cherniak and features Dan Chameroy as Figaro, Gregory Prest as Count Almaviva, and Courtney Ch'ng Lancaster as Rosina.
The Bone House / The Storefront Theatre / 8:00pm / $20
Marty Chan's The Bone House is billed as a psychological thriller which examines human nature's more perverse and twisted side. The play focuses specifically on serial killers and what, if anything makes them tick. Red One Theatre Collective promises a "bone-chilling" and "immersive" night with cast members Kurt Spenrath, Asante Tracy, Claire Armstrong, and John Fleming.
carried away on the crest of a wave / Tarragon Theatre / 8:00pm/2:30pm / $27-$53
David Yee's play is composed of short vignettes which serve to illustrate how far and wide tragedy can spread from one event. The playwright takes an ambitious global approach, crossing continents and weaving through families, that has mixed results. While strong segments reverberate through a mesmerizing set from Camellia Koo, others are less successful under the weight of dark, dramatic plot reveals. Check out our full review.
Photo from Kamp
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