Sex, drugs and theatre
- together at last
Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love
by Brad Fraser
McManus Studio, in the basement of the Grand Theatre,
470 Richmond St.
When: Mar. 7-8, 8 p.m. (half-price matinee on Saturday
at 2 p.m.)
Tickets: $15, available through the Grand Theatre
box office at 672-8800, or at the door prior to the show
If you still think that great theatre involves old British guys in tights
performing Shakespeare, London's Theatre Soup production company has news
The company, launched in 1998 by three Western graduates, has garnered
both acclaim and controversy for staging offbeat plays that have injected
some much-needed spunk into the Forest City's previously stagnant theatre
Theatre Soup founders Lil Malinich, Sue Mei and Anne-Marie Caicco pride
themselves on choosing plays written primarily by Canadian playwrights,
and their latest offering is no exception.
This week at the McManus Studio, the trio tackles Brad Fraser's Unidentified
Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, a play about the search
for love, and one that received national attention for its controversial
"I think that London has a need for this kind of show," Mei
said of the play's notorious reputation.
|Gazette file photo
(top), Sue Mei (middle) and Anne-Marie Caicco's (bottom) theatrical
escapades pack a powerful punch.
However, despite all
the attention that's been placed on the controversial aspects of the show
(including nudity, violence and coarse language), Mei is quick to assure
people that the play contains themes that will appeal to a wide audience.
"What drew [Theatre Soup] to [the play] was that it is such a universal
story, with things that many people are able to relate to things
like loneliness, looking for love and fear," Mei said.
But is London really ready for such liberal lewdness? Jeff Culbert, director
of Ausable Theatre and Web master of www.theatreinlondon.ca, says yes.
"This is actually the third time that this particular play has been
shown in London," Culbert revealed. "People think London is
more conservative than it actually is."
Fourth-year media, information and technoculture student Tiffany Richardson
said the play sounds intriguing.
"[It sounds] like something that will challenge you to think on a
more modern level," Richardson said.