The first thing that needs to be said about Empty Boxes is that the show is delightful. It speaks to anyone who's been in a modern relationship, and to anyone who's lived with someone for an extended period of time. It explores some very real issues that arise and not some melodramatic unbelievable situation that could only be found in a soap opera. That's the appeal of Empty Boxes: it's grounded in real issues between two people.
At times, the show struggles with being a touch heavy handed in it's metaphor and the dialogue gets a bit confusing in it's attempt to be quick and witty. This usually only happens when the two couples - both past and present - are all on stage and speaking together in a series of one liners. But the charm and joy of the show carry you through these moments easily. The real golden moments happen when the couples are in their separate times and separate moments alone on stage.
The cast is solid. Each one has moments that could use strengthening and each one has moments that win the audience over. The point is that no one takes you out of the story, and everyone works together in a real sense of ensemble. The result is a cast that supports one another.
Going back to the first, and perhaps main, point now, the show is delightful. Worth your time and money. Go see it and tell me what you think.
Playing at RED Castle Theatre, 922 Queen St. E, Toronto. For tickets and show times please visit the Empty Boxes website.
|Victoria Murdoch, Ash Catherwood, and Joanna Haughton|
|Ash and I are producing a feature film this summer. This is our 'Producer' face.|
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My friend Ash and I got together to rehearse a scene, and we recorded it so we could view it back. The camera was on me, as we were working on a scene for me, and so wanted to watch my performance. But the most interesting parts were the parts in between. Two actors, working and procrastinating a bit too. Enjoy!
I shot a feature film a long while back, and as part of the process we had improv rehearsals to develop our skills and characters. Each rehearsal brought out a unique aspect. From those rehearsals our director has begun to cut little short films. Fully improvised. Eeek!
Here's one in which I'm in:
Here's one in which I'm in:
And to tell you the truth, I don't care either. If I can stand, and sometimes even when I can't, I'll get my ass to an audition or a set and love it. I've got plenty of time to lay down when I'm dead.