July 2, 2009
By Kathy Morgan
Last night I went to see Soulpepper’s production of “Of the Fields Lately”, playing at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, and from the opening scene I was absolutely hooked.
Every once in a while, as theatre patrons, we are fortuitous enough to see a perfect combination of actor and role. I firmly believe that Kenneth Walsh was born to play Jacob Mercer. As a character full of temper and mood swings, it’s a tough part to maintain audience sympathy. However, Walsh is perfect, and I don’t use that word lightly. His charm and sincerity breaks our hearts as he attempts to navigate the world around him.
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By Henry Smith
I’ll start by saying that I am a huge fan of Martin Sherman’s Bent. I did not expect the Theatre Engine production of it, playing at the Abrams Studio Theatre, to live up to my expectations. But I was happily surprised; great performances, from a great script, made for a great evening of theatre.
Set in late 30’s Germany, it tells the story of a gay man’s journey from non-stop party in Berlin to his enduring the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau.
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By Henry Smith
Balls – a comedy about testicular cancer – was the second performance of the “Show Us Yours” series that Kathy and I attended. (See Kathy’s review of Giant Invisible Robot here.)
A big fan of inappropriate humour, and terrible puns, I found myself laughing wholeheartedly through the entire performance. That is, until the final scene, which held the silent audience rapt, reminding us of the seriousness of the topic.
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