A one-man show to make us proud
John Terauds, The Toronto Star
Co-created and performed by Isaiah Bell
Co-created and directed by Sean Guist
Pianist: Robert Holliston
An original solo queer storytelling opera hybrid, The Book of My Shames was developed with the support of Pacific Opera Victoria. After a sold out première at Tapestry Opera as part of Toronto Pride in 2019, this new local work now makes its hometown première in a limited run at the Baumann Centre.
The Book of My Shames offsets rapid-fire monologues with an unorthodox array of music old and new, including an expansive original memory opera. Its particular flavour has been drolly described as “what would happen if the opera-singing lovechild of Noel Coward and Sylvia Plath was encouraged by his therapist to perform on Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids.”
The Book of My Shames is an Intrepid Theatre and Pacific Opera Victoria co-presentation as part of UNO Fest.
Tickets may be purchased in person at 1050 Meares Street or online through Ticket Rocket.
Estimated Run Time: 75 mins
Pre-performance talk: n/a
Review by John Terauds Special to the Toronto Star
The confessional one-person show has to be an actor’s greatest challenge. Done wrong, the performance wallows in self-indulgence. Done right, one person’s perspective can illuminate other lives.
Young Canadian tenor Isaiah Bell...achieves the latter
Review by John Gilks, Operaramblings
Being a teenager is pretty awful but being a gay teenager in a gaslighting evangelical cult takes the whole coming of age concept to new levels. It’s touching, very funny, disturbing and sometimes quite revolting. It addresses questions that I would never have thought to ask and certainly wouldn’t have answered!