Caught one of two weekend performances of All Hams On Deck (A Revusical). After a badly set-up first half of forgettable novelty songs and unfunny routines (the exception: John Mitchell and Jack Mosshammer's Laurel and Hardy-meets-Oz sketch), the real show -- an affectionate musical send-up of everything from On The Town to Contact -- set sail.
Highlights included Tracy Dawson's tough dame taxi driver, a song for Doug Morency's narcissistic sailor, a bad modern dance dream sequence with Jenny Parsons, a 50-second Siamese twins bit and lots of hilarious revelations at the end. Mitchell, composer Brock Simpson and Lisa Lambert (who supplied additional lyrics) should tinker a bit more and dock this show at a bigger theatre soon.
Playing with art
Darren O'Donnell's plays (including Boxhead, remounted this week at Passe Muraille) get full marks for originality, but if you want a one-of-a-kind O'Donnell, check out People Doing Art, a unique art show. Theatre types like O'Donnell, Allegra Fulton and Mark Christmann are all contributing items to the show, a funder for the 508 Collective of performers who share studio space. My eye is on clay work by collective member Michelle Polak, just nominated for a Dora for her mucking-in-the-clay role in The Chairs. May 31 and June 1 at 8 pm. $5 for non-participants. 96 Spadina #508. 416-597-6876.
Wanna see playwright Morwyn Brebner dance? Or actor/writer Maja Ardal singing Icelandic folk songs a cappella? Those are just some of the surprises at this weekend's Tarragon Spring Arts Fair. Other events include double Dora-nominated actor Yanna McIntosh trying out playwriting; actors Melody Johnson and Allegra Fulton directing works; Jonathan Wilson going back to his improv roots with Teresa Pavlinek, who's also previewing a script; and playwrights Judith Thompson and Michael Healey reading from works-in-progress. Best thing? It's all free. May 25-26 from noon to 6 pm. 30 Bridgman. 416-536-5018.