Three local theatre groups take Arts Court by storm with three nights of three brand new short plays. GRIMprov and Dead Unicorn Ink join May Can’s fifth anniversary celebrations for Trois, a mini-festival of original and creative theatre.
Should you see it?
First up was May Can Theatre with What About Horses, a darkly comedic short play that takes an unexpected turn. Two roommates, a down-on-his-luck magician and a grief counselor, try to find the meaning of magic while searching for a way out of the drudgery of their everyday lives. Tony Adams and Cory Thibert have a special brand of energy, and they make what could have been an anti-cocaine advertisement into a wacky comedy of sorts.
Next, Dead Unicorn Ink’s The Acceptable Appearance Theory delves into some sci-fi. It’s set in a world where people have all their secrets and life experiences literally written on their skin, and deals with the cultish society that has found a way to remove those scars. Patrice-Ann Forbes stars as the woman who questions the reasons behind their methods, and Victoria Luloff is intimidating and appropriately creepy as the ever-youthful leader of the “family”. Patrice-Ann Forbes and Victoria Luloff’s script is funny and thought provoking, although its comments on individuality as related to religion were sometimes a little too on-the-nose. I did enjoy that way that performers were stationed throughout the audience, making us all feel like we were part of the scene.
Last, but certainly not least, GRIMprov presented Start Start Energy Officers, their improvised Power Rangers parody. I was pleasantly surprised by the involvement of puppets, which I was definitely not expecting. Although some scenes worked better than others, they kept the laughs coming and looked like they were having a blast on stage. What we ended up with was A Very Special Episode around the topic of spontaneous public masturbation. Of course, since this is improv, that’s not always what it’s going to be about. I’d recommend suggesting something dirty, though – the GRIMprov boys love it.
Even though Trois’s audience was small on Thursday, it was worth trudging out into the snow and wind to see it. The crowd is fun, the beer is reasonably priced and the plays are all very enjoyable. At half an hour each, these works never wear out their welcome and stick around just long enough to leave an impression. Trois makes for an excellent way to stay warm during this weekend’s cold spell.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d like to hear what you think. Which of the three plays did you prefer? Let me know in the comments below!