July 5, 2013 - Mooney on Theatre - Fringe Special Coverage
"You can find some great Theatre at the Toronto Fringe Festival this year, and one place you’ll find it is here—at the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace. Ampex Entertainment’s production of Apostles’ Creed is Theatre with a capital T."
"This is great Theatre—excellent script and masterful performances. The text by Andrew Domingues Frade (who also directed) grabbles with issues of Betrayal, Hate, Forgiveness—all with capital letters—and is both intimate and larger than life. This is, afterall, Theatre!"
"Harrison Coe is distressing as Father Thomas. He is scared and angry. Coe’s performance captures the essence of how hate can be born out of vulnerability, from a fear of some profound failure.
Quancetia Hamilton is funny and affecting as the psychic—Lidia. She is both amused and frustrated by this conflicted man who has come to her for guidance.
Both performers also portray a third character—each, in turn, are possessed by the spirit of Father Thomas’ dead brother whose homosexuality has caused Father Thomas’ inner turmoil and tested his faith.""The play ends on such a note. Nothing is particularly resolved, but something important has been acknowledged. Peace and Redemption (with capitals) are possible, but they must be earned.
- Istvan Dugalin, Mooney on Theatre
July 5, 2013
Twitter: Second #FringeTO show of the night: Apostles' Creed at Theatre Passe Muraille. Intense drama, powerful performance by @HarrisonCoe.- RT @QuipMag
July 5, 2012 - Mooney on Theatre Fringe Special Coverage
".... By including scenes of Jason in prison, and reflective monologues about his past, the play allows the audience to develop their own perspective on the character. Domingues Frade’s writing humanizes Jason, though his personal transformation under Mary’s care feels sudden and almost too easy to me.
As the director, Domingues Frade has created some moments of evocative staging. Scenes such as one where Jason hands out flyers while actors in coats move in and out of his spotlight to create the illusion of a busy street stands out, but otherwise the play consists primarily of basic naturalistic staging.
At ninety minutes The Stain is on the longer side for Fringe. I feel as the intensity of the action increases, the intensity of the production doesn’t seem to keep up, with climactic scenes feeling the same as the introductory ones.
Domingues Frade is exploring some complex ideas in this play, and Ampex Entertainment’s production is certainly thought-provoking. The play never loses sight of its thematic focus, summed up in Paul’s final monologue in which he declares that despite his hatred for Jason, “he’s a person”. By challenging the limits of forgiveness The Stain asks us to examine our own definitions of justice." more>
- Meara Tubman-Broeren, Mooney on Theatre
July 5, 2012
"It was so special to be at the opening of The Stain last night. A very accomplished play, touching on deep themes. Bold and even edgy.
- Kim Galvez, Toronto, ON
July 6, 2012 - Now Magazine - Online Review and Comments
"This intense and emotional drama finds aging couple Mary and Paul (Marta Legrady and Peter Higginson) struggling to cope after their son's murder. After a quick jump in time, Mary, now divorced, rents a room to her son's paroled killer (Sean Kaufmann). The show is well-written and acted; the only things hampering this show are frequent fades to black, which accommodate writer Andrew Domingues Frade's filmic style, but also affect momentum." more>
- Jordan Bimm, Now Magazine
"A solid and serious drama. Well acted and engaging. Tired of too many light or silly comedy/dramas and plays without enough meat on their bones? Give this a try." more>
July 7, 2012 - Quip Magazine
"The Good: The highly capable cast is completely engaging and performs this tricky subject with care and believability. The dialogue is as strong as the actors, which both keep the audience in a healthy balance of intrigued and uncomfortable.
The Bad: The slow pace of the show can really make you feel the 80 minute length of the show.
Should I See This: Yes, You Should" more>
- Ryan McNeil, Quip Magazine