I went to the theatre last week for the first time in many years, and it totally made me remember what I've been missing. I went to see Blood at the Theatre Passe Muraille, near Queen and Bathurst in Toronto. I highly recommend that anyone with a little time on their hands go check this play out.
First of all, it started out in this tiny little theatre (their backstage theatre) that has only six rows on a steep incline. So a very intimate venue. We were practically hanging over the stage. The stage itself was one set, about the size of a living room. In fact, it was supposed to be a bachelor type apartment. The play involved only two characters, a brother and sister, and their more than slightly strange relationship with eachother.
The story was interesting, but the acting was incredible. The play opens and closes with a monologue by the sister, an angry woman who basically believes that life is against her. In her first monologue, she is speaking in an angry manner, and I have never been so convinced by an actor's emotion. I figured that if I looked at her the wrong way, she would spit on me out of spite. Her emotions were pretty much the force behind the whole conflict with the two characters, and she never let down for 95 minutes. It was very intense, and although at times a little shocking and unexpected, I found myself mesmerized. Only Miguel's very loudly growling stomach could distract me.
I don't want to give any of the plot away, it's pretty simple, I just want to impress on you how impressive the play was. IMPRESSIVE. And tickets are very reasonable, under $25. If you show up on a sunday, it's pay what you can. I am definitely going to be checking this theatre out again in the very soon future. With such a small, unheard of play making such an impact (it's been well reviewed by others) I think that this theatre must be pretty consistent with finding the best actors for the best scripts. Yay for non-profit theatre groups. That is why discovering Toronto is important.