Seeing Is Believing
The halo effect that Richard Rose has garnered over the years should come as no surprise to Toronto’s live performance nation. If, however, there are doubters in our midst, it’s highly recommended they secure a seat on Bridgman Avenue to see why many consider him the visual savior of live theatre with a staging that some say is proof of divine intervention.
But let’s give credit where it’s due. Playwright Sean Dixon provides the avant garde director an intricate story map to roam highlighted by finely crafted characters and crystalized dialogue paths. Scenes time out in harmony with discussions that need not say a word more than it requires
The end result is a cohesive drama framed like a masterpiece that’s dramatically radiant, amusingly colourful and one hell of a good time to sit through.
All of which is almost impossible to achieve in what amounts to an investigation relying on testimonials of five cargo carriers to detail the unexplained event witnessed by 56 people on their forbidden journey to transport a controversial painting through the Alps.
And just wait until you see how the cast, one by one, maneuver through each of the shared accounts with such ardent clarity to the situation they find themselves in. Dmitry Chepovetsky mystifies as a suicidal Captain assuming responsibility for their actions, Tony Nappo is a comical genius in dispersing unanticipated laugher.
Whether you believe that art can make miracles or not, seeing is believing in an easily accessible period piece that moves notably smoother than many modern day storylines. This alone is what makes A God In Need of Help worth the price of admission. Go see it.
Review by Steven Berketo
A GOD IN NEED OF HELP
By Sean Dixon
Apr. 23 – May 25, 2014
30 Bridgman Ave., Toronto
Tickets $21.00 – $53.00
CAST: Greg Ellwand, John Cleland, Alden Adair, Daniel Kash, Tony Nappo, Jonathan Seinen, Dmitry Chepovetsky, Daniel Giverin, Ben Irvine
DIRECTOR: Richard Rose