A couple years back, Toronto-based physical theatre group Bluemouth Inc moved to NYC. As an audience member for their shows, one often had to do things like put on a blindfold and get into a Magic Bus, or chase after one of their performers through the streets as he lead everyone to a mystery performance location. But, for the past little while, Bluemouth has been garnering accolades stateside, and Torontoist for one has missed them. How Soon Is Now is their first Toronto show since the big move, and it’s a great combination of everything that made Bluemouth so cool in the first place with new ideas and approaches.
The show is a re-imagining of Peter and the Wolf, told through a combination of performance, dance, fight choreography, music and video. It also has a much more linear narrative to follow than many of Bluemouth’s other shows, although the story is definitely less interesting than watching what the performers do with their bodies. In keeping with the tradition of mystery locations, the only information the company gives in regards to the show’s whereabouts is that audience members must go to the northwest corner of Landsdowne and Dupont at specific times and “watch for signs.”
There aren’t many other shows in town where you get to see the actors literally climb the walls, or where you are expected as audience members to lift up your seats and carry them as fast as you can to the other end of the performance space. It’s exciting to have Bluemouth Inc. back in the city.