The effervescent spirit of silent films inspires Keystone Theatre, whose speechless creations rely on physical theatre, title cards and live piano music to tell a story.
The result is an entertaining, laugh-filled hour…click here for full review
Itâ€™s rare to watch an adult audience break into spontaneous applause throughout a play, like kids having too much fun to act like grown-ups. But thatâ€™s whatÂ Keystone Theatreâ€˜s style does to people. You get to enjoy a good old-fashioned melodrama made specifically for the stage, and presented with such physical panache, the audience hardly notices thereâ€™s no dialogue.
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Here’s what the Hamliton Spectator had to say about Keystone’s The Last Man on Earth:
Keystone Theatre is a Dora Award-winning company that uses mime, dance and a measure of clowning to take us back to the comic worlds of Red Skelton, Ed Wynn and Lucille Ball.
This is comedy without words. Think silent screen pleasure.
Itâ€™s blessed with the lightning fingers of David Atkinson coaxing from an upright piano, sounds of pain and delirious invention.
There are snatches of The Jitterbug and Nature Boy lurking in the musical shadows of his witty score.
The performers are brilliant. Dana Fradkinâ€™s Penelope is sweet and sad. Janick Hebertâ€™s Minion is outrageously campy.
Stephen LaFrenieâ€™s Devil? Think Bela Lugosi without quirky excess. Add Phil Rickaby as Gormless Joe and you have an everyman in love with life.
The Last Man on Earth is art, pure and simple.
Mondo Magazine reviewed Keystone Theatre’s new play The Last Man on Earth.Â Check it out here.
Warning: this review contains an obscene count of the word adorable. There really is no better word to describe it.
The performance is staged as a live-action silent film. There are no words said aloud, but there is the occasional text block and adorable mouthing of words. David Atkinson sets each scene to his witty, well-timed piano playing, with a few post-modern touches as he changes up a bar or three to reflect the sceneâ€™ s events or interact with the Devil himself.
TorontoStage.com has reviewed the Belle of Winnipeg, saying:
Only once in a long spell does a creation come along capable of snubbing conventional theatre. Hurray for grassroots art, Keystone Theatre knows how to seed the foundation.
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