Thursday, 6 August 2009

Summerworks Festival: "Crush of Beauty" is a must-see

If you're in or passing by St. Andrew's Playground and you hear a young woman screaming at a bunch of "morons", don't worry, it's Dora-nominated actress Tiffany Martin expressing her outrage at off-stage (off-park?) over-sexed grade nines. Martin is extraordinarily realistic in the role of Sara, a young woman raging against the unfairness of life, and the Old Woman (Gemini and Genie nominated Elva Mai Hoover) who has intruded upon her special place in the park, her bench.

In just six short scenes, seasoned writer/director, Laurel Smith, brings us into the world of these two women. Sitting in a draped section of the park, we eavesdrop on every bit of their conversations, following the passage of October days, and the sharing of details about their lives. Under Smith's direction, the pairing of Martin and Hoover is an equisite balance of acting and characterization, with both actors fully inhabiting their roles while the restrained, spare writing subtley reveals only as much about each woman as is necessary and right for their acquaintanceship.

Venue I: St. Andrew’s Playground –Brant & Adelaide Street W. Seating provided.
The Crush of Beauty: Aug 7, 7pm / Aug 8, 3pm /
Aug 9, 3pm / Aug 11, 7pm / Aug 12, 7pm / Aug 13, 7pm / Aug 14, 7pm /Aug 15, 3pm / Aug 16, 3pm

SummerWorks Tickets/Info: or 416.504.7529

Photo Credit: Burning Passions Theatre

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