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Here are some of the very kind words and attention our work has received from Toronto’s arts journalists and reviewers:

Heretic - November 2015 Production (click to display/hide)

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  • Stage Door
    • “Thorpe’s retelling of the story of Joan of Arc makes this iconic figure, already the subject of numerous plays and films, seem fresh and new.  One major reason is the absolute simplicity of the production.  Another is the winning naturalness of Thorpe’s acting.  …  Thorpe shows us Joan is a human being, capable of fear and doubt, but she also shows us Joan an is illuminated from within by her goal.  …  Thorpe gives an eloquent performance that rises to enacting energetic battles that range throughout the entire theatre to solemn reflection on whether she is really guilty of pride and why men should suddenly be so cruel.  It’s quite a journey for play only 70 minutes long, but you will leave feeling that you know this important figure better than you ever have before.” ★★★★
  • Barcza Blog
    • Brilliant  …  Inspired  …  Thorpe has brought this story back from the dead  …  HERETIC tells a story I’ve known all my life, but in a genuinely new version.  …  If for no other reason than to struggle with the meaty ideas in this story, you owe it to yourself to see HERETIC.”
  • The Theatre Reader
    • Powerful  …  A winning one-woman show  …  Thorpe shine[s]. She brilliantly slips out of Joan’s skin and into a slew of others.  …  Thorpe’s talent extends beyond the stage and onto the page. Her exploration of Joan humanizes the saint as the audience feels her fear and fierceness throughout her quest to fulfill God’s word.”
  • Life with More Cowbell
    • Poignant  …  Thorpe does a lovely job with the many facets of Joan, an earnest, driven young woman who dares to put on men’s clothes and throw herself into the fray – always with Joan’s humanity at the core of her performance.”
  • Mooney on Theatre
    • “A mesmerizing one-woman show  …  It’s a lot of fun to watch Thorpe throw so much of herself into her performance.  …  What stands out the most about the story of Joan of Arc is simply this young woman’s defiance and willingness to stand up for what she believed in during a time when that stood in direct opposition of the church. What Joan of Arc represented is timeless and Thorpe does fine work capturing this.”

Heretic - April 2015 Workshop Production (click to display/hide)

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  • The Slotkin Letter
    • “Bravo to creator/actor Sarah Thorpe for setting herself the challenge.  …  Thorpe’s playing of Joan is compelling.  …  An agile performance  …  Thorpe is ably guided by director Matt Bernard who has a delicate but sure hand.  …  Scenographer, Claire Hill does wonders with a tight design budget. She has created the world of France for Joan.  …  This gritty, thoughtful, well done production is one of the many reasons I love indie theatre, and certainly the work of the feisty Soup Can Theatre Company adds to that feeling.”
  • The Theatre Reader
    • “A stunning one-woman show that picks your brain.  …  Heretic, directed by Matt Bernard, is a 50-minute one-woman show, tastefully scripted with feminine insight. Sarah Thorpe skillfully blends history with artistic interpretation in her portrayal of the emotionally gritty teenage Joan of Arc.  …  The script lends credence to broader questions of faith and patience in the human retelling of a brave 19-year-old girl who died for her country.   …  Audience members are captivated.”
  • Broadway World
    • “[A] fantastic performance  …  [Thorpe’s] confidence and authority echoed throughout the room.  … Gritty, ambitious and raw  …  I cannot wait to see what their next production is!”

Circle Jerk (click to display/hide)

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  • My Gay Toronto
    • “Startlingly Clever” … “Audacious and Titillating” … “A Giddy Delight” … “Comedic Gold”
  • Mooney on Theatre
    • “Insightful and Thought Provoking” … “Bold and Intriguing” … “A Stunning piece of Theatre”
  • Jeremy Thinks Things
    • “Utter Brilliance” … “Laugh-out-loud Hilarious” … “Sexually Charged” … “Fascinating, Compelling” … “Nothing Short of Spectacular”
  • Burke Campbell
    • “Funny as Hell” … “Wildly Entertaining” … “Compelling, Sexy, and Not to be Missed”

Love is a Poverty You Can Sell 2: Kisses for a Pfennig (click to display/hide)

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  • Xtra
    • A decadent treat” … “It’s a challenge to find fault with this fantastic show” … “Blew me away
  • Torontoist
    • SaucyThey’ll have you singing along in no time!★★★★★
  • NOW Magazine
    • A SuccessFun and Slightly Salacious★★★★
  • Mooney on Theatre
    • Made my brain vibrate with delight” … “Immediate, vibrant, and lovely
  • Barcza Blog
    • Literally brought me to tears” … “Soulful and lyrical

A Hand of Bridge & No Exit (click to display/hide)

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  • Theatromania
    • Elegant, Endearing, and Surprisingly Amusing … Another adventurous offering from one of Toronto’s most interesting young theatre companies.” ★★★★ ½
  • Mooney on Theatre
    • Beautiful … Delightful … Highly Satisfying … Extremely Entertaining … Dark and Very Funny!
  • Barcza Blog
    • Bravo for the Brilliant PairingMakes a Powerful ImpressionIf this is Hell, I like it.

Antigone (click to display/hide)

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  • Torontoist
    • PowerfulElegantExpertly Staged★★★★★
  • Ontario Arts Review
    • Exquisitely DetailedThis is a More Suitable Effort for Stratford than a Fringe Entry

Marat/Sade (click to display/hide)

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  • Theatromania
    • DaringAn Insanely Good ShowIt’s Hard not to be Blown Away by This Young Company’s Strength and Ambition★★★★★
  • BlogTO
    • A Wicked Piece of Theatre

Love is a Poverty You Can Sell (click to display/hide)

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  • Now Magazine (2010 Fringe Festival Production)
    • SultrySeductiveUniformly Delectable★★★★★
  • Eye Weekly (2010 Fringe Festival Production)
    • Note-perfectConstantly Delights★★★★
  • Torontoist (2010 Fringe Festival Production)
    • Perfectly ExecutedSimply Delightful
  • Slotkin Letter (2012 Next Stage Festival Production)
    • SmartStylishI Loved the Whole of It

 

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