It’s easy to be in love with Toronto, after all, it IS the Centre of the Universe! This week was a great example of why I love this city so much – getting to see both a Cirque du Soleil show and some excellent live theatre!
On Monday, Peggy shot me an email with a 40% off deal for the Cirque Du Soleil show Totem that was playing at the pop-up Grand Chapiteau in the Port Lands. I hopped on the deal and picked up tickets for us for Tuesday evening. Cirque never fails to entertain, and Totem was no exception. The experience at the Grand Chapiteau is marvellous, the feeling of actually being under a Big Top really emphasizes the Circus genre of the entertainment. We were technically in the ‘cheap seats’ – which at 40% off were still over $60 – but there honestly isn’t a bad seat in the house!
The show was phenomenal. The aerialist and unicyclists stole the show in my opinion. Even though one of the tricks was flubbed by a unicyclist, she quickly attempted again, with a perfect result. I think that’s half the excitement of Cirque, they truly are performing unbelievable acts and since they are only human, errors can – and do – happen. When you watch some of the Aerial acts, it can be nerve racking – especially with the knowledge that they aren’t attached to anything and there is no safety net!
On Wednesday night, Peggy and I had tickets to the second show of our Mirvish 2011/2012 Subscription Season – Private Lives, starring Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross. Even though Paul Gross is a bit of a Canadian Legend, Kim’s stardom was palpable – confirmed by the applause she received during her first stepson the stage.
I honestly can’t say enough about Privates Lives. The acting was impeccable – I can’t imagine keeping up with that dialogue, and I’m a self proclaimed Chatterbox! The set design was beautiful, which included a balcony scene on the French Riviera and a hipped out apartment in Paris. The whole thing was a riot, absolutely hysterical. It was also refreshing to have another non-musical act (after Railway Children) included in the Subscription Season, as it is usually heavy handed with Musicals.
I could easily top off my week of loving the Culture in my city by attending any number of the Nuit Blanche projects tomorrow night – but instead, I’m going to don a trashy outfit and drink Malt Liquor out of 40oz bottles. Malt Liquor Party Weekend!!
Expect next week’s posts to be distinctly less dignified.