Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Teemu visits the theatre.

Dionysus In Stony Mountain is a play that I attended as part of a school assignment. The play ran from March 29 to April 8 and was located at the Rachel Browne Theatre, 211 Bannatyne.

Part of my assignment is to write about my experiences at this play, which happens to be uneventful. The theatre is a small theatre that requires you to walk up some stairs before you reach the main stage. Once you arrive you will nestle your way into a cozy spot that I imagine would be quite uncomfortable for those taller than 5-feet 10-inches.

The play challenges middle class liberal values, at least from what I understood. The play makes a call to action for those from River Heights to challenge the way they think and to step outside their comfort zone.

It was funny, being a middle class male from the Wolseley neighborhood I had run into people who I had grown up with who have their Masters in Sociology or some other social sciences and told me how lucky I was to be attending this play and how much they had enjoyed it. All I could think about was hockey and what was happening in the hockey world that night.

The thing about sports fans is that you can’t take your mind of something that you are passionate about and obsess over, especially when the playoffs are in arms reach.

Now back to the play. The play, right, didn’t leave much of an impression on me, I like funny, simple things and this play I believe has a good message for its audiences but just makes it way to complicated. I believe this was actually a contradiction to what the play was trying to accomplish.

I feel that the play was trying to portray the message that middle class people need to think critically about society and especially about our prison system. I think the tone was a bit stuck up and left me uninterested after the first 15 minutes.

The one thing I enjoyed about the play was telling people I was attending the theatre, it made me feel smart. 

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