Reviewed by Paula Citron
(Re)Birth: e.e. cummings in song (Mike Ross, music director)
Window on Toronto (Laszlo Marton, director)
Performed by the Soulpepper Academy
Opened at the Young Centre on Apr. 30, and continues in repertoire
Double Bill, performed by the emerging artists of the Soulpepper Academy, has two parts. (Re)Birth: e.e. cummings in song sets the iconic writer’s poetry to music, under the music direction of Mike Ross. The more successful Window on Toronto is sketch comedy.
The set for the latter is a large window, and the hot dog vendor, Jason Patrick Rothery, sits in the first row of the audience, talking to his patrons.
The show is very amusing as the 8 actors execute lighting fast wig and costume changes, have an encounter with Jason, and move on to another character. Director Laszlo Marton has put in very funny stage business, but the production is basically a one-trick pony.
As for the e.e. cummings musical, the diction is terrible, it’s hard to lock on to the thoughts of the poetry, and the same format of kiddie instruments with real ones is used throughout. In a word, hopeless.
Double Bill continues at the Young Centre.