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New Ideas: The chaotic metaphysics of life, love & monsters in the water in the funny, moving, poetic Week 3 program

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Alumnae Theatre Company continues its 30th annual New Ideas Festival (NIF) of short new works, opening the Week Three program last night. It’s the final week of the festival, running up in the Alumnae Studio.

The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by Natalie Frijia, directed by Kay Brattan. In 1882 Toronto, 39 people have mysteriously drowned in Lake Ontario—and rumour has it there’s a monster beneath the slate blue water. Rookie reporter Marjorie May (Emma Tse) is determined to get the story, visiting Mary-Anne’s (Stella Kulagowski) pub down by the docks to gather some information. Things get real when they’re joined by the terrified Captain O’Connell (Shawn Lall), who’s barely escaped with his life. As the incoming storm batters the pub, there’s something else out there in the night. Is the creature coming after the Captain to finish what it started?

Nice work from the cast building the intrigue…

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New Ideas Festival: Heart beats, blue feels & the big sleep in trippy, darkly funny Week Three program

Review of New Ideas Festival 2017 – Week Three.
Main program (4 short plays) runs to Sunday, March 26, with a one-time staged reading of Catherine Frid‘s Thistlepatch on Saturday at noon.

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Alumnae Theatre Company continues its 2017 edition of the New Ideas Festival (NIF) with a trippy, darkly funny Week Three program, the final week of the fest. The annual festival includes three weeks of short new plays and full-length readings, including four plays and one reading each week, running in the Studio space.

Beat by Dale Sheldrake, directed by Josh Downing. Alone and injured following a near fatal car crash, Evelyn 1 (Jackie Mahoney) is beside herself, as she listens to her heart/inner voice (Evelyn 2: Laurel Schell). Taking stock of her life as she waits for help to arrive, she’s forced to face her inner demons and addictions. Darkly funny, sharp and theatrical; with some lovely spoken word dialogue and strong performances from Mahoney and Schell.

The Ballad of Sadie Wong by Andrew Lee, directed by Cassidy Sadler. Film noir detective story meets modern-day romance when day-dreamy…

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Community, conflict & discovery in New Ideas funny & poignant Week 3 program

Review of the Week Three lineup.

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NIF 2016It’s the final week of Alumnae Theatre’sNew Ideas Festival (NIF),  and the Week 3 program features an extra bonus show: a lobby play. So get to the theatre early (around 7:30 p.m. to get a good spot in the lobby near the staircase to the mainstage) for this extra NIF treat.

The Nurse (lobby playby Francine Dick, directed by Mandy Roveda and featuring actor Margaret Rose Keery). A delightful short solo piece, and very meta as actor Keery plays an actor reluctantly preparing for a callback for Romeo and Juliet. She starts out being certain she’s not right for the part, but as enlists assistance from the audience to read with her as she prepares – against her will – she learns something about the part and possibly about herself. Strong, engaging work from Keery.

Provenance (by Linda McCready, directed by Pam Redfern). Disillusioned chef…

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Video trailer for Week Three of New Ideas Festival – opening tonight!

Week Three of New Ideas Festival starts at 8pm tonight (Wed March 25). Here’s a little taste of what you’ll be seeing – this video trailer shot and edited by Nicholas Porteous.   The 4 short plays in the weekly program total approx. 85 minutes running time.


 This week’s lineup – and every one is a world premiere! – is:

Rowing, Onward by Eugenie Carabatsos, directed by Anne MacMillan.
Grief Circus by Crystal Wood, directed by Kelsey Laine Jacobson.
A Death and the Marias by Rose Napoli, directed by Clara McBride.
Friends with Benefits by Neil Naft, directed by Donald Molnar.

Aleksandra Maslennikova and Matthew Gouveia in "Rowing, Onwards" by Eugenie Carabatsos, directed by Anne MacMillan.  Part of New Ideas Festival 2015 - Week Three. Photo: Chloe Whitehorn

Aleksandra Maslennikova and Matthew Gouveia in “Rowing, Onwards” by Eugenie Carabatsos, directed by Anne MacMillan. Part of New Ideas Festival 2015 – Week Three.
Photo: Chloe Whitehorn

PERFORMANCES each week are Wed – Sat at 8pm, plus 2:30 matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday at noon, there’s a one-time staged reading of a longer play, The Creases in My Sari by Sindhuri Nandhakumar, directed by Joanne Williams. It is followed by a Talkback.

TICKETS: $15 for the weekly program (all 4 plays); reading is PWYC.

Reservations* or advance online purchases are strongly recommended – New Ideas is staged in the 3rd floor Studio space at Alumnae Theatre, and the seating is limited. Reserve by phone 416-364-4170 Box 1 or email reservations@alumnaetheatre.com , and pay cash on arrival. Please note that the Box Office does not accept credit or debit cards. For online purchases, please go to https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=atc13

*no reservations taken or online tickets available for Saturday readings.


New Ideas Festival 2015 closes with the 2:30 Sunday matinee on March 29.

Next up for Alumnae Theatre Company: the world premiere of Shirley’s Barrie’s historical drama I Am Marguerite, opening April 10 on the Main Stage.

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