It’s interesting to think about the vast sea of opinions floating around in the judgmental circle that is the Toronto theatre scene, but it’s even more interesting (even somewhat comforting) to know that there is, in fact, someone out there this year who is judging the judgment. Offering a new perspective on the idea of the theatrical review, Linnea Swan presents us with her own opinion of other people’s opinions, by providing them with cards to write them on, and giving her own review of those opinions on her online video blog. She calls this event The Re-View Project.
Although initially an interesting idea, its execution lacks in content, with Swan offering rather short and non-descript reviews herself, leaving us with the assumption that her focus is quantitative and not qualitative reviews. In her on-going videos I would like to see some more in-depth analyses of these reviews, as this is a concept that most definitely has potential. A somewhat interesting insight into the mind of Toronto’s alternative theatre goers, Swan’s installation questions the so-called art of the “review” and what it really means to trust another person’s opinion.
The Re-View Project will continue throughout the SummerWorks festival until August 16th, with a new video every day at 7:00 pm. Swan’s booths are located in almost every venue offering a SummerWorks production. For tickets or more information, visit http://summerworks.ca/2014/portfolio/review-project/.