Reposted from Facebook, originally published Saturday 8/11/18
NGL, you guys, I was a little worried about having enough material for this post and was considering putting it off until after I'd seen Sunday's shows, but I've seen some real corkers in the last few days, so this post is on time but will be coming at you in an uncharacteristic three parts only.
1. Huff, CanadaHub, 16:15 - This is a hard show to recommend because it's got trigger warnings coming out of its ears (suicide, substance abuse, child physical & sexual abuse) and it took me about half an hour to walk it off and feel normal again. Nevertheless, the solo performance is one of the best I've ever seen and if you, like me, come from a colonial heritage, I think that it's important to bear witness to the havoc colonialism has wreaked on Indigenous life.
2. Island Town, Roundabout, 11:30/14:30 depending on the day - And this is... another show about children and substance abuse... yay...? Set in a nondescript town in England or Wales (my accent detection isn't that good) that has nothing to offer 3 sixteen year old mates just out of school. It's a Paines Plough show, so expect deep, beautiful acting of a tiny cast in the Roundabout. Also one I had to walk off before talking about. Just go see it.
3. Until You Hear That Bell, Summerhall, 20:55 - I thought this post was just gonna be those two and then I stumbled across this gem last night and starting opping it (thanks Kyle)! It's a solo show about a youth spent in boxing, and in addition to featuring a really lovely performance and a fun concept - every scene is either 3 minutes or 1 minute long and fits into the bells of a continuously running boxing clock - it's also a really good view into athleticism and what it's like to be an athlete in a way that reminded me of my own (much more casual) time in martial arts, and also of theatre in the way it is it's own little world. Definitely add it to your list!
That's all for this week, folks! Wish me a stronger pool to choose from next week, and pass on the best things you've seen lately!
I'm Alex, a theatre-maker based in Chicago with outposts in the Bay Area and Edinburgh, Scotland.