The Last Man on Earth at Winnipeg Fringe


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In The Last Man on Earth, The Devil and his minion plot to corrupt the last vestige of innocence on earth. Underdog Gormless Joe must play the hero or lose everything, including his one chance at love. Dora Award-Winning Keystone Theatre brings to the stage a thrilling new play in the style of a silent film. Cast: Phil Rickaby as Gormless Joe, Dana Fradkin as Penelope, Stephen LaFrenie as The Devil, Sarah Joy Bennett as Minion, and David Atkinson as The Piano Man.

Thoughts on the Artist from Last Man on Earth’s Phil Rickaby


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Phil Rickaby, originator of the Last Man on Earth’s Gormless Joe, shares his thoughts on The Artist, having finally seen the film on the eve of its Oscar triumph.

I supppse that if I hadn’t watched as much silent film in the last seven years as I have, then The Artist would definitely have blown my mind.  I think I would have been surprised by how much can be conveyed without words, how deep a story that can be told, when the actors have to express what they are saying through non-verbal means.  As Amanda pointed out, there’s a joy in The Artist, and an engagement with the audience as they invest themselves in the creation of the story and the characters.

Read the full post here.

Speed Dating Event


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Calling All Singles!

Keystone Theatre is hosting a SPEED DATING EVENT and you are invited! We are looking for single men and women 25yrs – 45yrs to come out for a fun evening of music, mingling and meeting new people. Where else can you go on upto 25 mini dates in one evening, mix and mingle with other singles, enjoy live music played by an award winning musician and support the arts all at the same time?

Date: Tuesday, January 31st
Time: 7:00pm
Where: The Victory Cafe – 581 Markham Street, Toronto (Upstairs)
Cost: $25 per person

Advance registration is required and space is limited!! Go to http://date.keystonetheatre.net to register
How does Speed Dating Work??
Once you register and pay in advance on line and you are assigned a letter of the alphabet (women) or number (men). Doors open at 7pm and there is a cash bar and time to mix and mingle a bit. At 7:25pm all women are asked to take a seat at their assigned tables and at 7:30pm all men are asked to go to their starting table and start their first mini dates. Dates are 5 min long and there is 1 min of move time between dates. Half way through, we will take a break for more mingling and some hors d’oeurves. Both men and women have a list of the letters or numbers assigned and can make note of anyone they are interested in making a connection with. Once all the men have visited all of the ladies tables, everyone hands in their lists to the hostess and the bar will remain open for additional mingling. The next day you will recieve a confidential email with the name and contact information for anyone with whom you had a DOUBLE MATCH. That means you chose them AND they chose you.

It’s going to be a great night! Come out and have some fun!

Hamilton Spectator Reviews The Last Man on Earth


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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.

It’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 Fradkin’s Penelope is sweet and sad. Janick Hebert’s Minion is outrageously campy.

Stephen LaFrenie’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.

The Last Man on Earth Reviewed by Mondo Magazine


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Mondo Magazine reviewed Keystone Theatre’s new play The Last Man on Earth.  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 scene’ s events or interact with the Devil himself.