SummerWorks 2014: Tour Review

Tour

Tour

Live Art Series

Making its East Coast debut following mountings in Vancouver and Victoria, this positively delightful bit of immersive art doesn’t last very long (maybe only about 20 minutes, tops), but there’s a real warmth and heart to this versatile little show that will stick with your long after your “tour” has ended.

A tour guide on a pedicab takes up to four people on a ride through the laneways in and around the backstreets behind the Theatre Centre on Queen Street West, trying to tell stories and point out locations of historical note. There are interruptions, both from without and within, as the tour guide clearly tries to put on a brave and happy face while she’s clearly hurting inside about something deeply personal.

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Tour is a nifty little whimsical journey involving music, creative and interactive props, and really inspired use of the local scenery to emphasize its story. The biggest beauty of something like Tour is that while watching it, you get the sense that this concept (courtesy of Universal Limited) could be mounted in any city anywhere with a great deal of ease. It’s an interesting framework, especially for those who don’t know what they’re getting into while going into it.

It’s really sweet, melancholic, and original. I kind of didn’t want it to end. I sat through it twice knowing everything that was going to happen and it was still just as great to watch. Best not to spoil it, though. It’s something that works best in the moment.

Tour embarks from outside The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen Street West) for shows on Monday from 4pm to 9:00pm, with tours beginning every thirty minutes on the hour and half hour.

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