Sneak Preview Reviews: word!sound!powah!, LIKE THE FIRST TIME, and LOVE LIES BLEEDING

by Lynn on November 9, 2011

in The Passionate Playgoer

Sneak preview reviews: word!sound!powah! at Tarragon Extra Space; LIKE THE FIRST TIME at the Walmer Centre Theatre and LOVE LIES BLEEDING at the Sony Centre.

word!sound!powah! by d’bi.young anitafrika is the third part in the sankofa trilogy. Creator/performer d’bi.young anitafrika gives a powah-house performance that is vibrant, fearless and joyful of a play that is confusing if you don’t know the other two plays.

LIKE THE FIRST TIME is written and directed by Adam Seelig and is based on a play by Luigi Pirandello. The premise is fascinating and mysterious—a woman is involved with two men; she has a child by one and is pregnant and who the father is is a mystery. The performances are interesting with one glaring exception.

LOVE LIES BLEEDING is Alberta Ballet’s homage to the music of Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin. It is a rocking, joyous, moving work that will make converts of people who know the music but might be unfamiliar with ballet.

word!sound!powah! is part of the sankofa trilogy which plays in repertory at the Tarragon Extra Space until Dec. 4.

LIKE THE FIRST TIME plays at the Walmer Centre Theatre until Nov. 13.

LOVE LIES BLEEDING plays at the Sony Centre until November 12.

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