Tagged: Queer Theatre

All About Sex (Meat The Garcias)

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A light and funny romp through a distorted family’s view on business, sex and sausage making. Proclaiming to be the new ‘Latino gay cisgender glam sex farce’, the Garcias are a wacky Cuban family (think Addams family meets the Kardashians) who operate a successful sausage business as a cover for their real business, an escort service. If you need a reason to see this play, here are two: Dolores and Pepito Garcia who are larger than life and steal the show. Mario Bosquez plays a wickedly funny and somewhat overbearing Dolores Garcia while Pepito Garcia, played by Antonio Minino, is high camp in his role as a gay priest and son to Dolores. Watching this play reminded me that theatre is often unnecessarily uptight and serious and that’s certainly not this show, I could feel the actors loving their role and having fun in the process.

On the downsideI got the sense that you had to know the characters from their previous productions which I didn’t see and so many of the jokes fell flat. There was also a lot of thick accents and lispy dialogue which was (at times) difficult to understand. The Powerpoint presentation that played throughout the show didn’t add any value to the storyline and was distracting to say the least: low rez memes of big boobs, butts and sausages cheapened the story instead off modernizing it but they managed to get a few laughs out of it.

All About Sex (Meat The Garcias)
Written and directed by Michelangelo Alasa’
Starring Mario Bosquez, Alexandra Cohler, Antonio Minino, Facundo Rodriguez and Chelsea Roe
Duo Multicultural Arts Center
October 30-December 19th, 2015
Friday and Saturdays only: Tickets.

Hamlet In A Hot Tub (The Movie)


THE ARCHIVES


SHOW REEL: HAMLET IN A HOT TUB (END OF THE WORLD TOUR, 2014)


Trip the light fantastic with Hamlet, Ophelia, Gertrude and Polonius in this outrageously funny, twisted gender-bending adaptation set in a modern day bathhouse. Written + Adapted by Brock Hessel, David Bateman and featuring Paul Bellini, Amy J. Lester. Directed by Raymond Helkio, Music Stewart Borden.

“A gay bathhouse version of Hamlet with
predictably wild and hilarious results”
CREW Magazine

“As sexual fantasies go, it is magnificently perverse,
as a theatrical adventure: irresistible”
Drew Rowsome

A queer-Shakespearian stomping ground… a gender bending adaptation.”
Stage Door News

“Literally the hottest show in town!”
Audience Member


ORIGINAL CAST & CREW, 14 performances


Brock HesselHAMLET
Brock Hessel
is finishing his BA in English Literature & Sexual Diversity Studies and was recently accepted into an MA program at UofT continuing his undergraduate disciplines. Awarded the Bronfman Gold Scholarship from Woodsworth College, He is a poet, performance artist, and founder of Queer Writes an LGBTQ creative writing group on UofT campus. With his Facebook group, Social Abjects Unite, he was asked to take part in Jordan Tannahill’s #queerdeathdrive mini-exhibit during the “Fan the Flames” edition of First Thursdays at the AGO last summer. His academic essays, journalism, and poetry have appeared in VOX, Hardwire, Nest Magazine, Zhush Redux, TOZ, The Gargoyle, and The Buzz.


10998872_10155250537805370_1355425159888072030_nGERTRUDE
David Bateman
is a performance poet, playwright, and visual artist. His four collections of poetry have been published by Frontenac House Press (Calgary) and his performance work has been published by Blizzard Press and Ordinary Press. He has a PhD from the University of Calgary in English Literature with a specialization in  Creative Writing. A new collection of short stories and creative.non fiction, entitled A Mad Bent Diva, will be published by Hidden Brook Press in the spring 2016.


Paul BelliniPOLONIUS
Paul Bellini
has worked on some of Canada’s foremost television comedy series, including The Kids in the Hall (1989 to 1995), This Hour Has 22 Minutes (1995 to 1999), and Death Comes to Town (2010). Other noteworthy assignments have included the novel Buddy Babylon (1998, Dell Trade Paperbacks) and the independent films Hayseed (1997) and doUlike2watch (2002). He has garnered three Gemini Awards and three Emmy nominations for his television work. Currently, he teaches at George Brown College and the Second City Training Center.


Amy J. LesterOPHELIA
Amy J. Lester
actor, stand-up comedienne and clown living and working in Toronto. A graduate of Ècole Philippe Gaulier she is a frequent performer on the city’s cabaret circuit in addition to her full time gig as the stunning Ophelia in Hamlet In A Hot Tub.

 


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MUSIC
Stewart Borden 
is the bassist for Men In Suits (MIS), what The Globe & Mail calls “Bay Street’s hardest working band.” As a charity band, MIS has played hundreds of live gigs including some unforgettable performances with superstar talents like Rick Emmett (Triumph), Amy Sky, Mark Jordan and Toronto’s own Dave Dunlop. Stewart was also a founding member of the bands Thurston Howell and the Lovies, Mr. Christie and the Good Cookies, and The Bulge. You can find him playing bass at semi-regular gigs at The Orbit Room. You can hear more from Stewart on SoundCloud.


DIRECTOR
Raymond Helkio
is an alumni of  the Ontario College of Art & Design and is a practicing artist, film maker and author of The Great Meeting Room. As a producer for The Reading Salon his videos document queer art culture, human rights and free speech. Hamlet In A Hot Tub has brought him immense fame and fortune, mostly in his head. “I was gifted this genius cast so I get to focus on bringing the audience inside each show. By dismantling the space between the stage and the audience we’re able to create an emotional experience unlike anything you’ve been to. And yes, there’s a happy ending.”



PAST PERFORMANCES


Peterborough Pride
The Garnet
September 19, 2015

Glad Day Bookshop
End Of The World Tour
July 25, 2015, two shows

The 519 Community Centre waterpark
June 21, 2015, two shows

Nuit Rose Closing Ceremonies
BIA Church Street Stage
Pride Toronto, 2015

Rhubarb Festival
From the washrooms at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre
February 17–21, 2015
Nightly cameos included: Keith Cole, Enza Anderson, Rolyn Chambers, André Prefontaine


PROMO VIDEO FOR NUIT ROSE, THE 519 WATERPARK



BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES THEATRE: HOW DOES YOUR SHOW FIT THE THEME TRANSGRESSION?


 


PROMO VIDEO FOR RHUBARB FESTIVAL



ORIGINAL PROMO VIDEO, PARTIALLY SHOT AT SPA EXCESS IN TORONTO



OFFICIAL VIDEO: ROUND ROOM (A MOMENT WITH GERTRUDE) BY DATE BATEMAN, MUSIC BY STEWART BORDEN, DIRECTED BY RAYMOND HELKIO



PRESS FOR HAMLET IN A HOT TUB


My Gay Toronto, Bellini’s 8 1/2, Hamlet at the Tubs August 20, 2014

Crew Magazine, Shakespeare By Way Of Gender Bending, Video, and Bathhouses, February 16, 2015

11693819_10101000652536995_1560303354269046197_nPhoto above: Ben Powless during Nuit Rose Closing Ceremonies, Pride Toronto (2015)