An Evening in July, being performed at SummerWorks Performance Festival in Toronto from August 9-16, 2015, is a dark comedy that transforms the garden and parish hall of St. George the Martyr Anglican Church into the weird and wonderful home of eccentric sisters May (Briana Templeton) and June (Gwynne Phillips) as they prepare to host the garden party of their dreams. The immersive experience begins when you’re invited into the garden to explore the setting and touch objects, thus becoming familiar with the era in which the play is set and getting to know the abode and personality of the hostesses.
This piece starts out sexy and fun as the girls beguile us with their beauty and southern drawl. It seems as if they have a dreamily opulent life, but cracks soon appear in their façade and tensions arise.
An Evening in July has clever puns, an intriguing storyline and quirky audience participation gags. There are stories, there is character study, there are even party games and dancing. You’ll be drawn in and pleasantly surprised.
Take this opportunity to participate in their surreal celebration with a glass of wine in hand. I highly recommend this subtly sinister Southern Gothic play for an evening in August.
|Sunday August 9, 2015||8 p.m.|
|Wednesday August 12, 2015||8 p.m.|
|Thursday August 13, 2015||8 p.m.|
|Friday August 14, 2015||8 p.m.|
|Saturday August 15, 2015||4 p.m.|
|Saturday August 15, 2015||7 p.m.|
|Sunday August 16, 2015||8 p.m.|
St. George the Martyr Anglican Church
197 John Street
Tickets are $15.