EVERYTHING UNDER THE MOON
The World Stage production of Everything Under the Moon redefines enchantment and takes it to a fully integrated level of pure entertainment that simultaneously entertains and illuminates in a thoroughly delightful way.
A collaboration between visual artist Shary Boyle and singer/songwriter Christine Fellows, the piece was commissioned by Harbourfront Centre’s Fresh Ground new works commissioning programme. The final product, being premiered over the next four days (Feb. 18-23) is a beautifully conceived cautionary tale about the fragile nature of the planet and how a variety of seemingly incompatible creatures may work together in order to save each other from the destructive path of modern technology as it threatens life on earth. And there is an irresistible doily that steals the show.
A re-imagining of the classic shadow play, the fifty five minute piece has been described as “a fantastical work of theatre told through hand-animated projections and narrative song.” Boyle’s visuals, always intricate and vibrant, play with a form of gorgeously rendered naivety that is perfectly coupled with the exquisitely whimsical vocal stylings and compositions of Christine Fellows. Ed Reifel and Alex McMaster provide onstage accompaniment as their contrasting voices integrate seamlessly with McMaster’s skill on clarinet, keyboard, and trumpet, while Reifel adds hauntingly evocative percussion to the mix.
One, among many, highlights of the evening has Fellows centre stage accompanying herself on the ukelele as she sings a very poignant song about a lost friend. Costumes by Heather Goodchild round out the overall effect as fancifully dressed human counterparts interact with projections that come together by the end and reveal all of the pieces of a single universal puzzle regarding the health and welfare of a decaying planet.
This is a show filled with humour, pathos, and a sincere regard for the welfare of the planet and all its inhabitants. Designed for audiiences of all ages Everything Under he Moon is a brave and rewarding choice for the inaugural event at this years installment of World Stage.
AT THE ENWAVE THEATRE, HARBOURFRONT CENTRE, UNTIL FEB 23RD