HOME | Geoff Sobelle and Beth Morrison Projects

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This review comes from Night Writes guest reviewer Gabriella Florek.

Having seen just a short minute or so long trailer of Home, and leaving the inspection of the program notes until after the show, I had a few wild ideas of what I might experience from the opening night. But, nothing about Geoff Sobelle’s magic production was what I expected it to be.

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Fool for Love | Patina Productions

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 May and Eddie are linked forever by their childhood love affair and the tragic fallout of their family pasts. Just when May thinks it all might finally be over, Eddie comes charging back into her life to remind her of their shared secrets and the knowledge she can’t escape.

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Cairo Jim and the Tomb of Martenarten | Bookcase Productions

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There is something so alluring about the ancient world of Egypt. From the tombs to the curses and untranslated hieroglyphs, most kids go through an Egypt phase during their childhoods. Emilia Stubbs Grigoriou brings that fascination to the stage with her adaptation of Geoffrey McSkimming’s children’s book Cairo Jim. Jim is this close to uncovering the mystery of Martenarten and his hidden tomb but a rival archeologist just might stop him.

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Crime & Punishment | Secret House

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In Chris Hannan’s adaptation of the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel, Russia is a bleak place full of desperation and hardship. The people struggle to find meaning in political debates and philosophical theories about humanity. Raskolnikov is a wayward law student who commits murder to unburden himself from shame but who is unable to justify his actions in his own paranoia.

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David Williamson’s The Club (An all-female, 3 actor version) | isthisyours? with 25A Belvoir

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A football club is collapsing under its own petty politics and incompetency. All the boys want the power and the glory but none of them have any idea about the work involved. David Williamson’s 1977 script is a precise representation of masculinity behind closed doors and the many pitfalls of the “every man for himself” mentality of hyper-masculine spaces. This reimagining from isthisyours? distills the drama to three female actors in an examination of the classic some 40 years later.

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The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later | Theatre Travels

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When something tragic happens to a place, a natural disaster or accident or crime, the legacy of that event takes hold of the community and can change it, for better or worse. When Matthew Shepard was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998, a media frenzy from all over the country and the world turned its gaze onto a quiet, small American town and forever altered the way the town saw itself.

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The Laramie Project | Theatre Travels

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This year marks 20 years since Matthew Shepard was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming which began a media storm about the way our society views gay people and constructs narratives of gay panic and justified violence. When the Tectonic Theatre Project travelled to the small American town to interview residents, they weren’t sure what would come out of it and they probably wouldn’t have predicted the show continuing to be performed two decades later on the other side of the world.

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