Rough & raging times on Lost Girl

SPOILER ALERT: Warning – spoilers throughout if you haven’t seen the last two episodes of Lost Girl: “Original Skin” and “Raging Fae.”

Now that I’ve done my due diligence… Man! What a raging, ass-beating episode that was on Sunday night. And I’m not just talking about the illegal Fae fight club.

But first, check out this great interview by Televixen with Zoie Palmer (Dr. Lauren Lewis), posted just before the recent ep. (it makes reference to “Original Skin”): http://thetelevixen.com/2011/11/lost-girl-zoie-palmer/  Thanks, Televixen and Zoie for this! It’s always cool to hear actors talk about their experience playing an ongoing character in a series – and a particular pleasure to hear from the LG folks. I’ve seen the whole gang in various interviews posted on YouTube and they seem like a fun, tight group – passionate and articulate about their work on the show. 

We didn’t see much of Bo and Lauren together in “Raging Fae,” but what we did see was significant, especially the scene after Bo gets her ass kicked – and kicked bad – while undercover at said fight club, when Dyson takes her to his place so Lauren can tend to her injuries. Bo’s past has caught up with her in this episode (she accidentally killed her high school boyfriend during a sexual encounter, and his sister has been hunting Bo down – and found her). She is so full of self-loathing about being Fae that she refuses to feed in order to heal herself. And Lauren is struggling with her drive to save her girlfriend Nadia while having feelings for Bo. Thanks to 2011HappyHappy for editing these scenes for YouTube:

That scene is so tender and heartbreaking – and so truthfully acted. You really root for these characters – even in this crazy, complicated relationship they’ve got going. Who knows where this is going to go – and there could be even more serious heartbreak ahead. Nicely done Anna Silk and Zoie Palmer!

DEPARTMENT of CORRECTIONS: I realized this morning that I neglected to include the names of the directors for The One and A Depper Kind of Love, as well as the onscreen actors in The One, in yesterday’s post on the Love and Obsession Theatre Festival. That info has since been added to that post. My apologies for the omission.

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Obsessive love & other pastimes

I’m ba-ack.  Hope the weekend was as enjoyable for y’all as it was for me.

On Friday night, I had the great pleasure of seeing two of the four shows featured in the Love and Obsession Theatre Festival at Red Sandcastle Theatre: Festival producer/playwright/actor June Morrow’s The One and Kat Leonard’s A Depper Kind of Love.

The One (directed by Pat McCarthy, and featuring actors Sean Ballantyne, Jason Davie and Tony Culverwell on film/PPT and June Morrow as the only live actor) is about the search for finding your ultimate soul mate – the one who completes you. June’s multi-media combo of PowerPoint, film and live narration takes us on a journey with Jane Love, a struggling actor/writer looking for love and a good review of her Fringe play. I particularly loved how she started Jane’s story with the myth of how humans came to this search for their other half. Originally, we were two people in one, attached at the back – in Jane’s example, a man and a woman – and things were pretty darn nifty for a while until Zeus became jealous of how awesome these creatures were. Rendering them asunder with a bolt of lightning, Zeus sentenced humans to roam the earth in search of their other half, the one who would complete them (not an easy task as no one knew what the other looked like, what with having been joined at the back and all). Jane goes on to struggle with feelings for two men: her “nice guy” doctor fiance Charlie and sexy “bad boy” actor/Fringe star Julian. In the end, she finds love through imagination and compromise – and comes to realize that maybe there’s not just one “one.” And I like to think she’s right.

Kat Leonard’s obsessive fan girl opus to Johnny Depp – A Depper Kind of Love, which was produced at the Toronto Fringe Festival this past summer, directed by Christopher Sawchyn, with technical direction/photography by Rod Pizzaro – has a new ending in this run of the show. In fact, the progression of the show has a darker edge to it this time around – and with some very effective results. And more real in a way too. The song “Hope for Dopes” was cut and the ending appears onscreen (Kat also uses media, projecting images and music videos) – and towards the end, you’re not quite sure if she’s going to lose her mind or possibly go postal. A totally different feel from the Fringe show, but really powerful – and it works!

Both shows used variations of the Jerry Maguire line “You complete me” – in Kat’s case, it became “I complete you.” And I still love “I’d lick him off a dirty sidewalk” (also from A Depper Kind of Love).

After Kat’s show, a bunch of us went to the Rob Roy for pints and nachos. The weekend continued to be pretty much about friends and food after that, with a fabulous Saturday night dinner party at my friend Liz’s and Sunday brunch at the Sunset Grill with my pal Polly, which was followed by a successful hunt for a new laptop (I’m picking it up this afternoon after leaving it with the Future Shop folks for set-up). 

So – who would you lick off a dirty sidewalk?

Good news, bad news

Finally Friday! I don’t know about you, but this week has just dragged along.

Anyway, it’s been a good news/bad news kinda week for me – and it will have some impact on the blog, but only temporarily. Bad news is my laptop died on Monday night. And I hadn’t backed up the most recent draft of my play Over the Lips (the expanded version of my New Ideas Festival play The Girls Do Brunch). Thought I’d sent it to my pal Kerri MacDonald, who’s been my director/dramaturge throughout the process – but no. I didn’t even have a hard copy, and I’d stupidly deleted it from e-mail after sending the updated file to myself. I got the official diagnosis from my office IT guy Tony on Wednesday; he’d kindly offered to take a look after I asked him how I could get it back.

Good news is Tony was able to retrieve my documents, so I know have the draft. I’ve since saved it to USB, my office PC, e-mailed it to Kerri and printed it out. And pray that I’ll never be so stupid again.

Since I’m now without a laptop at home – and going shopping for a new one on the weekend – I won’t likely be back here again till Monday. So the blog about my visit to the Love and Obsession Theatre Festival at Red Sandcastle Theatre to see my pal Kat Leonard’s revamped one-woman show about an obsessed Johnny Depp fan, A Depper Kind of Love, may have to wait. Little piece of trivia about yours truly, as it relates to Kat’s subject: Johnny Depp and I are birthday twins. Yep. Same day, same year.

On the upside, I knew this day was coming – the laptop’s days were numbered as it was (I bought it refurbished and I’d had it almost 4 years) – so I’d been doing some laptop research online. And, it seems that Canadian retailers are slashing prices to compete with Black Friday/weekend sales in the U.S.

Wish me luck. I promise to be back asap. Till then, have a great weekend, all.

Sylvia talkback, Willow Quartet continues & Love and Obsession @ Red Sandcastle Theatre

Alumnae Theatre’s production of Sylvia is into its final week now (closing on Sat, Nov 26), so you still have a chance to see it. In the meantime, check out Alumnae bloggergal Tina McCulloch’s post on the Q&A with the Sylvia folks that took place after Sunday’s matinée: http://alumnaetheatre.wordpress.com/2011/11/23/report-on-sylvia-talkback-nov-20/  For more info and reservations, drop by Alumnae’s website: http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/1112sylvia.html

Willow Quartet is well underway and continues its run at the Papermill Theatre until Saturday, December 3. For reservations, call 647-342-7454 or go online at www.secureaseat.com

And, finally, the Love and Obsession Theatre Festival – featuring Kat Leonard’s one-woman show A Depper Kind of Love – opened at Red Sandcastle Theatre on Tuesday and continues through Sunday. Get the scoop on that here: http://loveandobsessionfest.com/ I’ll be heading out there tomorrow night to see The One and A Depper Kind of Love.

p.s. – Just realized that, in my post “Of willows & not so little women,” I meant to describe Aunt March as “imperious” and not “impervious” – though she is a stubborn, unresponsive kinda gal. Anyway, I just fixed that. Chalk it up to sleep deprivation and the wackiness of the English language. Okay, so mostly sleep deprivation. Doing some catch-up this week, so I hope to remedy that soon as well.

Big fun & music @ Wonder Women 3

And all for a good cause too: the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

Yep, this was number three for this event, organized by singer/songwriter Arlene Paculan to showcase female talent and raise money for the Foundation. This time, WW was held on the main floor of The Central (which I got to know a bit when my pal Margot Devlin’s husband Shaun, also a singer/songwriter, performed there on a couple of occasions). The Central has amazing sweet potato fries. Sunday night’s program was a big fun, eclectic mix of music: Mina Hardy (on guitar, performing original rock tunes), Kat and the Mp3 (performing tunes from her show A Depper Kind of Love, as well as some covers: Hanky Panky, You Needed Me and Crying), Arlene Paculan (on keys, with pal Mickey on drum box, doing original R&B) and Nicole Coward (guitar, folk).

Friends, family and Foundation folks were in attendance, including Kat’s mum and two aunts, and Arlene’s mum. And there were lots of laughs amid the great music. In fact, the presence of her mum added to the comedy of Kat’s set, with Kat apologizing for the coarse language in her lyrics and even inviting mum to spank her at the end of Hanky Panky. And, since comedy is a huge part of Kat’s music (especially the Depper Love stuff), the best thing about watching Kat perform songs like Jockstrap – besides the fact that it’s a friggin’ amazing song – is watching folks in the audience who are hearing it for the first time, which makes the song even more hilarious. Even Crying got a humourous turn coming out of Kat’s mouth (see photo – courtesy of our pal Lizzie Violet).

BTW – Kat’s one-woman play A Depper Kind of Love is one of the opening night shows at the Love and Obsession Theatre Festival, which opens tonight at Red Sandcastle Theatre.

Check out the program and reservation details at: http://loveandobsessionfest.com/

And here’s Arlene Paculan, singing I’m Worth It (a personal fave of mine):

Set painting, old guy music & obsessive love

You may wonder what the three things in the headline have in common. Well, nothing to be honest – except for in my own head. Stay with me here as I connect the dots.

Last night was the final push on the set for Willow Quartet: assembly and final painting on the production’s first day in the venue, including multiple spray applications on the stage floor to create the impression of a grassy yard and dirt paths around the house. And the entire gang was out last night to pitch in, including the full cast, playwright Joan Burrows, director Jane Carnwath, SM Margot “Mom” Devlin, costume designer Alice Torrance and props gal/ASM Dorothy Wilson. We had a radio on while we were working; a station playing hits from the 80s. Now known as “old guy music.” Yep, the music that I knew and loved in university and theatre school is now – going on 30 years later – old guy music. Here’s the video for a tune I sang along to last night:

If that’s old guy music, then I don’t wanna be young. Jesus, next thing you know, I’ll be yellin’ at kids to get off my lawn. And I don’t even have a lawn.

I have to admit, I was a bit doubtful that we’d even get to the floor last night, but we made it. Ed will do some final touches today. And, chickens, mamma is one tired lady this morning.

Now – onto the obsessive love part. My pal Kat Leonard, along with three other very talented ladies, will be performing their hour-long shows on the subject of – you guessed it – love and obsession, in the Love and Obsession Theatre Festival at Red Sandcastle Theatre. Kat will be performing her Toronto Fringe show A Depper Kind of Love (and I hear it’s a reloaded version of the Fringe performance); also on the bill are Graffiti Highway, Fake News Fangirl and The One. This fest runs from November 22 – 27 and programming allows the audience to see multiple shows in an afternoon/evening. For the scoop on this fest, as well as reservations, check out the Red Sandcastle website: http://redsandcastletheatre.com/?p=224

I think I’ll go watch that Duran Duran video again now.