Volume 96, Issue 83
Friday, March 7, 2003

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Sex, drugs and theatre - together at last

Theatre Soup presents:

Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love

by Brad Fraser

Where: 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

By Maggie Wrobel
Gazette Staff

If you still think that great theatre involves old British guys in tights performing Shakespeare, London's Theatre Soup production company has news for you.

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 scene.

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 subject matter.

"I think that London has a need for this kind of show," Mei said of the play's notorious reputation.

Gazette file photo
Lil Malinich (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.


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