Want some alternative views on the theatre scene? Or want to offer some of your own? Check out Grammelot, a new zine providing a forum for artists, critics and audiences to exchange ideas on theatre and culture. Edited by Soraya Peerbaye, the first issue includes thoughts from Canadia dell'Arte's Peter Reitzel -- who also provides the cover design -- Ker Wells, Evalyn Parry, Jane Wells and native playwright, sometime reviewer and NOW contributor Drew Hayden Taylor.
The title, a commedia-inspired word, refers to a cacophony of meaningless sounds that still transmits ideas. This first issue, Call And Response, focuses on the writers' ideas about criticism and its role in the definition of community. It costs $3 and is available at Buddies (12 Alexander) or by contacting email@example.com.
icaria flies south
Speaking of the Wells siblings, Jane and Ker, their collective piece Icaria -- created with Number Eleven Theatre -- just finished a run at the Catskill Festival of New Theatre outside New York City. A text-and-movement theatre piece about family and memory, it played to good response last February downstairs at the Great Hall on Dovercourt, soon to reopen as the new home of the Theatre Centre.
Clay and Paper Theatre knows the dramatic value of the great outdoors. Most of its work, which is based on mythic tales and featuring giant puppets and masks, has been done in the open air. The company holds a summer celebration at Dufferin Grove Park today through Saturday (August 16-18), complete with stilt dancing, displays of masks and puppets, mask-making workshops and performances of The Return Of The Green Man and the company's new show, Gold. 416-537-9105.
Nine young theatre artists from the GTA bring their concerns and talents to No City Limits, a new piece dealing with community issues. The touring show ends with a pair of public performances on Sunday (August 19) and August 26 at the Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre (341 Oakwood). 416-394-2560.