2013 Toronto Fringe Festival: Genesis & Other Stories

Aim for the Tangent Theatre tempts audiences with this delicious satire

Presented by Aim for the Tangent Theatre
Written by Rosamund Small
Directed by Vivien Endicott-Douglas

Wesley J Colford, Katie Housely, Hayden Finkelshtain, Tess Dingman and Jared Bishop. Photo by Sarah Miller-Garvin.

Adam and Eve are transported to 1960s USA in Rosamund Small's play Genesis & Other Stories, now playing at Trinity St. Paul's Chapel (427 Bloor Street West) as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival. This play-within-a-play-within-a-church, follows theology student Christopher (Hayden Finkelshtain) as he wrestles with the biblical task of directing a community theatre production of his father's play. But as the show struggles to find its legs, a series of backstage dramas threaten to destroy it completely.

Director Vivien Endicott-Douglas gets solid performances out of this talented young cast: Tess Dingman is perfectly sweet as the naive Cathy (Eve); Wesley J. Colford holds court as the self-important thespian (Adam); Katie Housley is devilishly sultry in the role of Amber/Satan and Jared Bishop is oddly hilarious as the hearbroken production manager. Meanwhile Finkelshtain's Christopher gets laughs in his efforts to hold everything together. Ah, theatre.

Small's script makes a clever and honest conncection between religious beliefs and the faith that goes into staging a play. This is definitely one the highlights of this year's Fringe Festival. Did we mention they serve refreshments? Get your tickets fast!

Genesis & Other Stories runs until July 14 at Trinity St. Paul's Chapel. Visit fringetoronto.com for details.

Show Dates: 
Wed, 2013-07-03 - Sun, 2013-07-14
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