If you caught Chris Gibbs’s hysterical and inventive Antoine Feval in the 2006 Fringe – or in its remounts – you won’t want to miss the premiere of The Further Adventures of Antoine Feval, running Monday as part of a funder for the Toronto Fringe, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Gibbs, always a speedy improviser, again becomes the feckless Barnaby Gibbs, sidekick to master sleuth Antoine Feval, who understands the criminal mind better than any human being has a right to. That’s because Feval is also the Rhyming Bandit and only recently started to make reparations for his illegal acts.
The evening, dubbed Fringe Brittania, also includes – in proper Victorian style – fine teas and delicate finger sandwiches. Oh yes, there’ll also be a silent auction for the Fringe.
It’s been decades since Toronto audiences have seen The Rez Sisters, the groundbreaking play by Cree writer Tomson Highway. Highway’s most popular show has toured internationally and is overdue for a revival.
Dealing with seven sisters from a reserve who dream about travelling to Toronto and winning the biggest bingo in the world, the script is a fine actors’ showcase, so it’s appropriate that the Centre for Indigenous Theatre has scheduled it for a year-end production for its graduating students.
Directed by company artistic director Rose Stella, the production features seven students from the full-time program and alumna Lena Recollet. There’s more talent behind the scenes, with design by Gabriella Caruso, Andy Moro, Russell Wallace and Jennifer Triemstra, and choreography by Bill Coleman and Michael Greyeyes.
Toronto playwright Paula Wing has written several plays for Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People. Now her work with the company takes her to Washington.
Wing’s script Pobby And Dingan, adapted from Ben Rice’s book, was one of seven international new works for young people chosen to be part of the Kennedy Center’s biennial New Visions/New Voices festival of works in development.
Accompanying her to this weekend’s fest are director Stewart Arnott, dramaturge Stephen Colella and LKTYP artistic director Alan MacInnis.