Sep 27, 2010

Blowing Leaves

Much to my horror, I don't think I'm going to be able to get to see this before it closes on Sunday.

I'd been so anxious to catch this particular play, especially since it features two of my very-favorite actors: the amazing Nicholas Campbell (who you might know from the long-running TV series Da Vinci's Inquest) and veritable force of nature Maria Vacratsis (from Little Mosque on the Prairie). The two-hander work is directed by the utterly-talented Phillip Riccio, who makes up one-half of the ridiculously good Company Theatre group; the other half is the brilliant Allan Hawco, star of CBC TV's Republic of Doyle (I'm hoping for a Q&A with him in the coming months -stay tuned), who appeared with Campbell in the company's last production, a jaw-dropping production of Festen, that, even two years on, remains seared into my brain for its sheer...genius. Three words for the Company Theatre: they kick ass.

Nicholas Campbell Returns To The Stage by CateKusti

I had the amazing good fortune of interviewing both Campbell and Riccio a couple weeks back, amidst the madness of the Toronto International Film Festival. With all the starry/film-y chaos ensuing, there was something weirdly soothing about speaking to thee two talented men about a little-known (if awfully good) theatre work; it was like standing still on solid ground after so many days of trying to jog in an earthquake. Their insights on the play's exploration of male-female relations, something I'm continually fascinated by, was especially enlightening.

That sense of displacement vanished as soon as the pair left the studio, and I'm sad to say I haven't been able to see their production of Through the Leaves, which closes October 3rd. With more madness on the near horizon, I'm hoping to make time. The Company Theatre always demands that -and rewards with memories that last forever. No kidding.

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