Putting the Heart Back in the Heartland
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Putting the Heart Back in the Heartland

2007_03_31Heartland.jpg There is only one opportunity left to see Particularly in the Heartland, a fantastic show from a New York-based company Torontoist mentioned the other day. After its matinee tomorrow at 3:00pm, the show closes and the New World Stage will start gearing up for its next show.
Collective creation theatre is so popular in this city this week you’d think it was the 1970s. But if these created-by-the-ensemble plays are going to keep being this good, no one is likely to complain. Torontoist strongly urges you, if you are free, to head down to Harbourfront Centre tomorrow afternoon and check out Particularly in the Heartland. It’s a weird and wonderful show all about our neighbours to the south. The play opens in Kansas during a tornado, and while three siblings (Todd, Sarah and Anna Springer) hide from the storm, their parents are taken by The Rapture on their way back from Walmart. Relatively unphased, the children find replacements for their absent family in a strange trio of guests who mysteriously appear on their doorstep: a pregnant alien named Tracy Jo, a woman with red shoes named Dorothy, and the zombie-ghost of Robert F. Kennedy.
Particularly in the Heartland boasts a creative design, deft stagecraft and an energetic cast who are equal to the challenging physical theatre required for the show. The characters they create are sometimes heartbreakingly lovely (don’t tell anyone how we almost cried when Bobby Kennedy sees a shooting star; we’d lose all our Canadian street cred) and the show contains beautiful moments of zany glee.
Here’s the only problem with Particularly in the Heartland: the show won a Fringe First Award at Edinburgh and played to sold-out houses in NYC, yet tonight in the theatre there were far too many empty seats. Come on, Toronto! Support the New World Stage and give these charming foreigners the send off they deserve!

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