Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Blending stories from his own life as an artist with facts and conjecture on the death of landmark Canadian painter Tom Thomson, vision-impaired actor/writer/painter Bruce Horak is an amiable and intrepid entertainer.
Assassinating Thomson is a loose narrative layering Horak’s own stories — from the power of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain or inspiring visually impaired youth — and those of Thomson and the Group of Seven he inspired.
But if you’re looking for an in-depth exploration of Thomson’s life and art, this really only whets the appetite. Although the fabric of Horak’s own tales could be woven more tightly to that of his Thomson narrative, his warmth and humanity capture our collective imaginations with a flick of his paintbrush.
Remarkably, Horak shares these tales — real or imagined — all while painting a live audience portrait.
— Barb Stewart
From the Fringe program:
Legally blind painter, actor and playwright Bruce Horak paints your portrait LIVE, as he uncovers the truth and lies behind the mysterious death of one of Canada's greatest artists.
Director: Ryan Gladstone
Cast: Bruce Horak
"Composed of equal parts absolute fact and utter nonsense" - Vancouver Sun
"Historians will riot!" - Winnipeg Sun
"Monster Theatre are Canada's ablest fact-benders and history-skewerers" - SEE Magazine
"A tour-de-force" - Calgary Herald
Recommended For: General Audience
Length: 75 mins.
Updated on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM CDT: