A Mark My Words-Ink Production
I literally lost sight of this site – but now I am found – and it’s timely.
It was not the best of times but was it the worst of times – 2020? Life changed for everyone, but when doesn’t change happen and isn’t it always a transition of growth. Heck, even our dead remains can nurture nature.
Last year was another year and opportunity for me to enter the Toronto Fringe Festival 2020. Then all bets were off, including the Fringe season event. The pandemic had taken its toll and live theatre was all but swept away in viral waves that were like a tsunami to social gatherings.
The play that I had written; something organically sprouted from a previous work; was struggling for the voice in which it could be told. It was dark and dismal and weighted with sadness and heavy messaging, in far too many monologues. With the Fringe cancellation, it too went dark and dormant.
With time and opportunity to think and write at The Lakehouse – a family summer home located on a version of the beaches of Lake Ontario – I set to writing something new; inspired by what we now see and don’t see, behind the masks we must wear.
The question – does a virus have to infect sickness – or can it affect love?
I chose to look at the latter. This is a piece about light and love. Two positive forces that we can give and get.
…and so I’m back to present – the thing – and – the play’s the thing (so says Shakespeare)
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Sam Rosenthal, Ermina Perez,
Mark H. Albert, Leah Charney
Arnold Zweig, Harriet Rice
In a Miller Masterpiece
This was the last play that Arthur Miller wrote and perhaps the most personal and vulnerable self-examination of his Jewish identity.
In person at the TCA Box office
1pm-6pm Tuesday – Saturday
If you were at the Jewish Radio Hour save 20%
And for groups of 10 or more
I’m singin’ the blues. That is.. in praise of the Labe Kagan’s Blues Bawls. Labe has written an audacious and irreverent, melodious narrative following the exploits of those who narrow culture to cult. Stylized with jazzical, bluesy music and lyrics, collaboratively composed by the partnering of Allan Soberman and Labe Kagan, this romp into the unknown, unpredictable and unmentionable parts of human being, departs from the road most traveled. Really it does… The story begins when four celibate, different shade of blues brothers are stranded at a broken down, off the path Mexican motel run by liberated Libby( Erin Roche), having been diverted from their promised rendezvous with their messianic leader. The only other guests are four sexually liberated ladies looking for…well, you can figure it out. Hence the fix is in and the plot thins. The characters find their voices in suggestive songs and colourful language providing some toe tapping, hum/sing along tunes and a fairly consistent audience laugh track.
Kagan adeptly chose a site specific intimate venue to share the performance of this, well directed by Jacqui Burk, well cast work. Certainly there are some stand-out performances delivered by Martin Buote (the definitive “Blueser” the protagonist), Erin Roche (Libby), Jessica Callaghan(Christine- the ingenue), Lisa Ferreira(Kusbi – a very engaging siren) and Tom O’Neal (Daddyo -the Rebleader of the pack). The music is magically, deftly arranged and delivered on keyboard by Sandy Thorburn.
This production enjoyed four sold out days at Jingles; and here’s the good part…return performances are expected.
I delayed in writing about this but I’m giving you advance notice to look for the return.
100 minutes of “THIS”. Last night I went to see a new play by playwright Melissa James Gibson. “This” was incisive, insightful and incitefull. Almost shamefully engaging, as we eavesdrop on the lives, thoughts and struggles of 5 middle aged individuals trying to define who they are and whom they are in relationship to –
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I have not been on stage of late and I am happy to return to my creative side in the up-coming- THE CEMETERY CLUB by Ivan Menchell.
I have come of age, well almost. In joining the cast of this staged reading, directed by my good friend and experienced Director, Merle Garbe, I was told to age myself up. That is for the first time in my thespian throng of collective characters, I was told that I could be perceived as too young for the role. Sign me up, I said. I’m in. Mind you, that is after I auditioned and was told that got the part.
This play speaks to the greying demographic, who recognize and respect their relationships of the past; but when those relationships die (literally) then what?
Interestingly my first play with Merle’s recently resigned, Encore Entertainment was as Sam the Pickle man in “Crossing Delancey” where I played the 30-something love interest. Now just shy of pickled, I play the butcher Sam.
It’s fun and frivolous and a good substitute for “Jane the Virgin” on a Monday night.
Come and bring your friends.
You can attend our one and only performance on Monday, June 6 at 7:30, at Temple Sinai, located at 210 Wilson Avenue, on the north side, between Bathurst and Avenue. It’s cash $15. at the door.
You can BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW and reserve your seat for this year’s Fringe production of “A Lesson in Gabby”.
What’s the lesson? Who’s Gabby? …and why is there a picture of a bra’d Bird in the poster? All good questions and you know how to get the answers.
In six weeks the Toronto Fringe will see the debut of Labe Kagan’s comedy “A Lesson in Gabby”. There have lessons and light and angels in bringing this witty piece of theatre to the stage.
It is the story of Groucho, a nearly successful playwright, who is searching for his place in the arts, in relationships and in the life. Groucho shares this experience with the his friend and sometimes muse – Melville.
In real life, Labe (the writer) and Mark (the long time friend of the writer) have shared the journey of this most wondrous path to the stage of the Tarragon. It has been filled with laughter and light, darkness and daunting challenges.
In this production, Mark has assumed the role of producer and Labe, as the creator of this piece of work, has been an instrumental co-conspirator in seeing to it that this effort meets with the intended success.
As we began our first bout of the serious rehearsals – one of our actors announced his departure, due to personal and business conflicts. Though we were sorry to see him go and he was sorry to leave, we immediately scoured the thespian landscape for a talent equal to the high bar set for this role. This being a two-hander and Groucho being the protagonist, we were charged with replacing fifty percent of the cast. Jacqueline Burke, our director, lead the way. Not only was the role filled, but we found a wonderful talent and interpretation in the person of James Robert Woods.
Now with the sparring and sparking of two very skilled actors, Stephen Flett (Melville) and James Robert Woods (Groucho) and the keen and adept direction of Jacqueline Burke, complimented by the positive energy and professional ability of our stage manager – Andrea Wicken – we have an exceptional show in the making.
This is a show you, will want to see. It is show you will want to tell your family and friends to see.
Here is a look at the times, dates and location for Mark My Words-Ink production of Labe Kagan’s comedy – A LESSON IN GABBY:
|Show Title||Company name||Slot Length||Show Time||Venue|
|A Lesson In Gabby||Mark My Words-Ink||60||Thursday, July 2, 2015 – 11:00pm – Friday, July 3, 2015 – 12:00am||Tarragon Theatre Extraspace|
|A Lesson In Gabby||Mark My Words-Ink||60||Saturday, July 4, 2015 – 5:15pm – 6:15pm||Tarragon Theatre Extraspace|
|A Lesson In Gabby||Mark My Words-Ink||60||Sunday, July 5, 2015 – 8:45pm – 9:45pm||Tarragon Theatre Extraspace|
|A Lesson In Gabby||Mark My Words-Ink||60||Tuesday, July 7, 2015 – 1:15pm – 2:15pm||Tarragon Theatre Extraspace|
|A Lesson In Gabby||Mark My Words-Ink||60||Wednesday, July 8, 2015 – 3:30pm – 4:30pm||Tarragon Theatre Extraspace|
|A Lesson In Gabby||Mark My Words-Ink||60||Thursday, July 9, 2015 – 9:15pm – 10:15pm||Tarragon Theatre Extraspace|
|A Lesson In Gabby||Mark My Words-Ink||60||Sunday, July 12, 2015 – 1:45pm – 2:45pm||Tarragon Theatre Extraspace|