Starting today, the three-week long New Ideas Festival 2007 takes over the Alumnae Theatre. Week one and two feature six plays each while week three has five. Each night of the festival, you get to see them all. But they’re short! So it’s OK!
Opening tonight are Gift Baskets by Siobhán Dungan, Job Descriptions by Peter Bloch-Hansen, Louise, Thelma and Something in the Middle by Julia Lederer, Poached by Emily Pearlman, and Tea on New Year’s Eve by Diane Forrest. (The above picture is from Poached, a show about avian flu and chickens who like to listen to 80s power ballads.)
The plays are all amateur, but a quick look through the company bios and you might recognize a lot of this city’s emerging theatre artists. Or maybe you won’t. It kind of depends on whether you would recognize emerging theatre artists at all. But all of the works are new (as the festival’s name implies) and developing pieces of theatre, which is rather exciting. That is, if that’s the kind of thing that excites you. Plus, unlike the lengthier running times at Fringe and SummerWorks, there is the comfort at New Ideas of knowing that each play is short and that if you aren’t digging it, it will soon be over and a new one will begin. Yay for supporting local theatre!
Photo by Duncan McAllister.