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Take in This Timely Tyke Terror

World War II-era cautionary tale has been given a post-modern veneer.

Photo by Jordan Probst.

Photo by Jordan Probst.


In Dennis Potter’s drama, televised by the BBC in 1979, a group of children (played by adults) squabble, tease, and goad each other into increasingly dangerous pursuits in a forest. The setting was originally World War II-era Britain, but local theatre company Good Old Neon has updated Blue Remembered Hills to a nameless near-future North America, with explicit references to a dystopian Trump regime that’s fomented fear and hatred of “Moslems” and “the Japs.” The Trump call out is, in our opinion, unnecessary; the world created by the company is chillingly effective without any current references. It bears a more than passing resemblance to William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, as the unsupervised children bully and entertain each other in the adultless countryside. There’s strong work from the ensemble, but Michael-David Blostein stands out in particular as a callous and temperamental instigator.


To February 24, Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street), Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8 p.m., Friday, 5:30 & 8: 30 p.m., $25.


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Laugh With This Queer Comedy Duo

Check out their monthly showcase tonight at Bad Dog Theatre on Bloor.

Jess Salomon and DeAnne Smith. Detail of a photo by Keith Race.

Jess Salomon and DeAnne Smith. Detail of a photo by Keith Race.


Comics and close pals Salomon & Smith (Jess and DeAnne, respectively) host a monthly showcase of queer-positive stand-up and other comedic talent, with a show time that’s unusually early for comedy (7:30 p.m., usually done by 9 p.m.), that is consistently packed with great guests. This month, those guests include Steve Patterson (host of CBC’s The Debaters), Nile Seguin (Second Jen, American Gothic), and Chantel Marostica.


Monday, February 20, Bad Dog Theatre (875 Bloor Street West), 7:30 p.m., $12.


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