Amazing what artistic ideas a photo session can generate. Last month director/designer Karla Faulconbridge and director Daryl Cloran met when NOW took their photos for their respective SummerWorks Festival shows.
The connection has led them to a collaboration later this season, when Cloran directs Timberlake Wertenbaker's script Our Country's Good. He's asked Faulconbridge to design the show.
Ran into Faulconbridge at the workshop of the OOmph!! group's Inertia last weekend. She's returning to dual duties in April, designing a production of Ines De Castro and directing A. Shay Hahn's yet-to-be-written play for Mad Craft Habit Theatreworks. Faulconbridge and Hahn last collaborated on SummerWorks' Girls And Horses.
Chip off Chekhov
Other theatre folk got to Inertia, among them Bruce Beaton, Mark Cassidy and Gabrielle Kemeny.
The atmosphere at the workshop, based on Chekhov's Three Sisters, must have made Kemeny feel at home. Her script Semi-Precious, inspired by Molière's Les Precieuses Ridicules, heads through a Theatre Centre R + D next week.
Inertia, conceived and directed by Chad Dembski, had Natasha Priest, Michelle Polak and Erika Hennebury playing Chekhov's trio of siblings as well as other figures from the Russian play. Sean MacMahon was Chekhov himself, both distracted and motivated by the three female characters. Can-can lines, Chekhov's letters and film clips added to the eclectic nature of the piece.
At this point, the very physical show speaks most clearly to those familiar with the original script, though the intensity and sharpness of the performances would fascinate any audience. Priest's Olga -- her hair and emotional state were equally jagged -- and Polak's moody, little-girl Irina emerged especially strong.
Heard, not seen
Rob Smith phoned us up recently to tell us he's the "other actor in Chris Earle's one-man show."
Smith plays an unseen radio producer in Earle's Radio :30, opening Wednesday (September 27) at the Tarragon Extra Space.
"It's just a little ego thing, a little humble acknowledgement of my presence. I'm there every night."
Brad Fraser and Joey Miller's Outrageous hasn't even opened yet and it's already being extended.
The musical version of the 70s Craig Russell film about a female impersonator and a schizophrenic woman was originally scheduled to close October 21, after opening September 28. Now it's being extended until November 18.
Two weeks ago, the original run was 75-per-cent sold out, but writer/director Fraser said he still didn't know if it would be a hit.
"I know the show's going to look and sound and feel the way I want it to," he says. "Whether that'll bring an audience in, no one knows. I've done shows where you think, 'Yes, this is it,' and it stiffs."
Not likely this time.