The Summoned, Tarragon Theatre

There’s no better way to end the 2016 Tarragon Theatre season than with a play like The Summoned.  Smart, silly, and packed with a secret, it’s just what the city has been waiting for on the programming front.


There’s no doubt about it, attending the reading of a will can cause a few jitters. That’s because the amount of love and gratitude someone had for you throughout life boils down to the size of the inheritance that’s about to be transferred. Sometimes it’s generously sweet, other times frugal and unfair.

Playwright Fabrizio Filippo’s clever and nutty comedy downloads big ideas to create a platform that asks how far from our nature technology will take us by placing 6 actors in a rundown airport hotel to find what, why, and how much fortune they’ve got coming.

It’s a wee bit geeky and possibly hard for some Tarragon loyalists to interface with. But just like Transformers, there’s so much more than meets the eye in this theatre light staging.

While the narrative is wired by backstories involving tech guru named Kahn (Fabrizio Filippo), a womb hacked love interest, Annie (Maggie Huculak), and her son, Aldous (Fabrizio Filippo again), it’s the zaney addition of security specialist Quentin (Tony Nappo), legal eagle Laura (Kelli Fox), hostile hardware homey, Gary (John Bourgeois), and fun flight attendant Isla (Rachel Cairns), that gives the show a terabyte of giggles that it needs for high speed complex twists.

The ebb and flow of applied science is so infinite, the only thing we know for sure on the horizon is change. The Summoned proves no advancement comes without a price.

Review by Steven Berketo



THE SUMMONED by Fabrizio Filippo, April 25 – May 29, 2016 TARRAGON THEATRE, 30 Bridgman Avenue, Toronto TICKETS  $28.00 – $60.00 416-531-1827 CAST John Bourgeois, Rachel Cairns, Fabrizio Filippo, Kelli Fox, Maggie Huculak, Tony Nappo and Alon Nashman DIRECTOR Richard Rose LIGHTING Jason Hand COSTUMES Charlotte Dean SOUND DESIGN Dylan Green


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