By JON KAPLAN
It's a rainy Sunday, a time you're likely to be indoors.
So why not check out some of the wonderful pieces at the second annual Lab Cab at Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst, at Adelaide)? Some of the activities will have to move indoors and, in a very few cases, be cancelled, but there's so much to see that you won't be at a loss for acts to watch, from music and comedy to theatre, visual arts and dance.
There's a lot aimed at younger audiences, so take the kids with you.
I saw about 15 pieces yesterday -- nothing runs more than half an hour, and most are even shorter -- and will likely go back for those I couldn't shoehorn into the noon-to-seven performance schedule.
Highlights? Evalyn Parry and musician Brad Hart (the latter "playing" various parts of a bicycle and a half-empty water bottle) performing a poetry cycle on double-barrelled words, celebrity endorsements and water; Liza Balkan's powerful piece, based in fact, on the follow-up to witnessing a street death; and Aviva Armour-Ostroff and Tara Samuel's clever children's film The Adventures Of Dino Saur, featuring a fingered animal, a placid cat and a Dian Fossey-like observer.
Can't match The Shuffle Demons' Richard Underhill standing on a balcony and serenading the audience in the courtyard with his sax tunes, or wild, wild west Binder Twine, Company Blonde Dance Projects' combination hoedown, line dance and barroom brawl.
The fest is also a chance to see works in progress, like One Reed Theatre Ensemble's piece that combines physical theatre, the tale of 1940s codebreaker Alan Turing, harassed by the British government for his homosexuality, and a bit of sodium pentathol. It's all material from their upcoming show it's hard to count to a million.
Don't miss Maev Beaty's three monologues in her Critics Series, which includes theatrical snapshots of a fashion critic upset by a misogynistic designer, a food critic who takes revenge on a straying lover and a music critic who does a bad thing for what he considers a good reason. Yes, for the last, the nearly unrecognizable Beaty changes gender.
Another must-see is Rosa Laborde's Dish, in which eight characters prepare food for a communal meal -- can't give away too much plot -- that's ultimately shared with the audience as well. Funny, moving and tasty.
For more information see www.labcab.ca. Don't wait -- this is Lab Cab's second and final day.