Company: Superior Anti-Theatre, Thunder Bay, ON
Venue: 9 - Shaw Performing Arts Centre (MTYP)
The company was so focused on hammering out their political message, that they ignored the production side of staging a 90 minute performance.
Staging a theatrical production about the regulation of the Canadian financial industry is a fairly lofty goal. I commend Superior Anti-Theatre for their ambition, sadly this ambition didn't translate into the Wall Street
-style epic which was clearly the company's inspiration.
It appears as though Anti-Theatre was so focused on hammering out their political message, that they ignored the production side of staging a 90 minute performance.
The actors stumbled through an awkward script fraught with complex financial jargon and multiple, random plotlines that seemed to be only tangentially tied together. It was clear that this performance sought to illustrate the perils of unregulated, unsustainable investing within Canada. However, beyond this constantly repeated message I really couldn't repeat the plot of this play if I tried, there were far too many twists and turns, dropped plotlines and pointless, yawning stretches of dialogue.
On a lighter note, kudos to choreographer Tammy Tansley, the singular, random song and dance number around the 60 minute mark was actually quite good.
As was a dance inspired by the movement of marionettes that was performed well by the cast. This high point of the program showed the potential within this company.