Trevor Abes: Writer

Theatre of the Oppressed: Jordan Tannahill’s Botticelli in the Fire and Sunday in Sodom

My review of Jordan Tannahill’s double bill in The Theatre Reader

Botticelli in the Fire “[tames] political and religious fundamentalism into conquerable myths.”

Sunday in Sodom “is an act of reclamation that lives up to the proportions of the book it comes from.”

Read it here.

Botticelli in the Fire photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

 

 

Coal Mine Theatre Slays With Killer Joe 

My review of The Coal Mine Theatre’s production of Tracy Letts’ Killer Joe. 

“Killer Joe takes the radical humanist stance of affixing a domestic, sociological lens onto North American politics by getting to know the people threatening to make it great again. […] Years from now, this production should be remembered as a period piece, unabashedly of its time, all up in the chaos of history being written.”

Read it here.

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Photo by Matt Campagna.

 

 

Little Black Afro’s Spoken Word Theatre

Toronto’s Little Black Afro Theatre Company returns with a revised version of Carbon, originally performed at the 2014 Hamilton Fringe Festival.

Read my review in Sewer Lid.

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Photo by Cesar Ghisilieri.

 

A Really Cool Workshop for Really Cool People

Happy to share that I’ll be facilitating a performance workshop this June in a month-long series alongside Jay MillAr, Liz Worth, Tabatha Stuhlmueller and the Toronto Arts Council. It’s $40 all-included. Grab a spot here.

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Communicating Without Ego: Then They Fight Theatre’s Our Idiot Friend Is Now Dead

My review of this year’s 10/10/10 Project — Then They Fight Theatre’s Our Idiot Friend Is Now Dead — is up today in Sewer Lid Magazine.

Read it here.

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Photo by Cesar Ghisilieri Photography.

Oh, Just Browsing

Part of my feature at Milton District High School for Mrs. Gleason’s 12th grade writer’s craft class poetry slam.

That cafeteria backdrop though.

Filmed by Michael Abes.

Family Dinner

A new poem, “Family Dinner,” performed at The Supermarket in Toronto. It’s also forthcoming in print in Rummaging for Words.

When TV Watches Back: Coyote Collective’s Like a Generation

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The terrifying thing about watching a lot of TV is that most of the damage it causes is both delivered and received with a smile. Understanding this smile is the central concern in Like a Generation, the latest play from Toronto’s Coyote Collective.

Read my review in Sewer Lid Magazine.

Letters to Hip Hop (video)

Spoken Word Takes a Turn for the Outrageous

Outrageous is a new reading series in Toronto that’s turning heads and making friends by breaking all the rules. Read my article about it in Torontoist.

If you’re in the city, come by for Outrageous X on September 29 at 8 p.m.

From Outrageous VIII: Alex Hood on bass and Callum MacKenzie on sax as the Rainbow Jackson Free Jazz Experience. Photo by Maite Jacobson.

From Outrageous VIII: Alex Hood on bass and Callum MacKenzie on sax as the Rainbow Jackson Free Jazz Experience. Photo by Maite Jacobson.

 

The Illustrated Life: An Interview With Writer And Cartoonist Salgood Sam

 Here’s my chat with Salgood Sam on The Rusty Toque

Salgood Sam (photo by Niall Eccles)

Salgood Sam (photo by Niall Eccles).

 

If On A Winter’s Night Michael DeForge: Redefining The Horror Comic In A Kim-Kardashianized World

Here’s my first op-ed for Sequential: Canadian Comix News and Culture. It’s about Toronto-based comics artist Michael DeForge (Ant Colony, Adventure Time) and his very particular use of horror. Have a read.

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