The festival, under the direction of Natasha Mytnowych and associate director Claire Calnan, hosts “acclaimed international theatre artists alongside some incredible local pioneers of innovation.”
For me, the evening began with, “Modern Love” a wonderfully entertaining new piece written and performed Jessica Moss.
This clever work, directed by Eric Double and produced by Julia Nish-Lapidus, integrates, a multimedia component, designed by Kyle Purcell with Jessica's exceptional live performance.
I've had the privilege of seeing Jessica perform previously in productions at The Solar Stage, a Toronto children's theatre, as well as Sea Change, a Theatre Caravel public forum for new works.
Strong Performance, Skillful Writing
I have always been impressed Jessica's stage presence and her ability to create a strong performance; last evening was no exception. Jessica demonstrated that, not only is she and excellent performer, but a very talented playwright as well.
This one woman, one act piece, delves into the world of Internet dating in a way which is both humorous and enlightening, especially for those like me, long married and well out of the dating scene.
This play highlights the new complexities of social interactions for singles through the use of want might generally be thought of as social media, as well as the intrusive, sometimes demanding nature cell phones, in this new digital world.
Perils of Personal Exposure On-Line
I found this piece to be lighthearted and genuinely funny, while raising some more more serious issues as well. Jessica has woven into the fabric of her work an important look into the more
personal aspects of exposing oneself, in a figurative sense, on-line. With considerable wit, Jessica deftly explores, in passing, the less than subtle problems created for protecting self-esteem in this new age of personal marketing. The way in this work uses the interplay of media and live performance cleverly adds dimension and brings social media itself to life as a supporting character.
Single Dating In A Technological Morass
As a writer / performer, Jessica embraced technology as potent way to look at the dilemma some face in the vast raw and untamed romantic wilderness of cyberspace.This is more than just Sleepless in Seattle, meets You've Got Mail. It is a piece which expands on those themes as seen from the reality of today's singles. The title, “Modern Love,” is entirely apt to today’s technologically complicated dating scene.
Congratulations to Theatre Caravel for bringing this great original work to the stage for this years festival of ideas & creation. Having been developed through their mentor-ship in the GYM program, it illustrates the depth and breath of extraordinary theatrical talent we can expect to see more of in years to come.
Those reading closely will notice that I share the same last name with the director, Eric Double - not coincidentally, as I am his father. For that reason I can't claim to be unbiased in my review.
Enthusiastic Audience Reaction
Judging by audience reaction, I can honestly say that the work was very well received. On that basis, if no other, it was an unqualified success for Jessica Eric and Julia. This is a work which, I my humble opinion, if fully expanded, would make an excellent feature film.
Canadian Stage festival of ideas & creation
The festival ran between May 9 and 21 and featured a large number of artists and works. Regrettably I was only able to see the performances on the last evening. The evening ended with a Special Event / GYM Playoffs, featuring short pieces and excepts from projects in development by GYM members. "The GYM is Canadian Stage's program for emerging artists, now over 400 strong." These young performers offered some wonderful innovate pieces which I believe foretell good many more good things for the Canadian Theatre scene in years to come.
If you are a fan of live theatre, this is a highly recommended event.