Small Wooden Shoe is named after the tools French workers would use to "clog" the machinery when on strike. Their “sabot” – small wooden shoes – gave English the word “sabotage.”

Like them, we want to disrupt the machinery of "business as usual" in hopes for a better world. more about what we do

What other people have said

I already posted what people saidabout Perhaps in a Hundred Years six years ago here and here

And thought I’d do the same for the SummerWorks run as we enter our last 4 shows. [details here]


Mooney on Theatre

Perhaps In A Hundred Years is not a conventional theatrical narrative. It is a wonderful insight into this group of artists’ struggle with the issues that concern us all: why we are here, where we are going, why we do what we do, how we relate to each other, and what the hell is wrong with the world? - Dorianne Emmerton

I like the openness and thoughtful nature of the writing in this. She is dealing with the show in the spirit it was created in and she’s ok with standing behind her experience and questions. The length is also great - it came out pretty quick, but doesn’t feel abrupt. Really living up to the potential of blog based criticism.


NOW

It’s a meditation on isolation (the three are ostensibly lost in space), friendship and ways of thinking about the future. The trio’s understated, ultra-casual style is still refreshing and thought-provoking - Jordan Bim

A good review up to the last sentence where some doubt seems to creep in. While it’s true that the show maintains a fairly consistent tempo and energy, that’s clearly a choice, and one that, my feeling reading was, he was ok with. He just worried that other people (that uber-fictional “average audience”) might not be.

It’s not uncommon that I get the impression that people like Small Wooden Shoe performances “in spite of themselves” and worry that other people (usually in the abstract) won’t, or that the reasons aren’t right. It’s a problem I wrestle with.

As is the degree of pre-knowledge required. All things take different amount of pre-knowledge, but in the theatre climate, there seems to be extra fear of not knowing how to approach “different” work. We work hard to ease the anxiety with a casual and welcoming preshow, humour, songs and a way of being with the audience so we can all relax. (Conversation starter #6: “When doing something strange, it’s best to be relaxed”)

But clearly something to keep working on.

Also, dear NOW - why the short online reviews? I doubt short summations of complex responses takes that much less time than adding a graph or two of reflections. I imagine way more people are reading online than in print, where I understand about space restrictions. It seems a real shame to cripple your writers that way.


Swimming Lessons for Shut-Ins

Endearingly simple and painstakingly casual, Small Wooden Shoe’s Perhaps In a Hundred Years is less a play than an experiment to recreate that unique feeling of being contently bored with people you like. - Robert LaRonde

Again, my feeling is that he had a good time, but is suspicious of it.

Also, the use of the word “hipster” causes a lot of furrowed brows around the Small Wooden Shoe campfire. It implies a lack of sincerity. While the definition of exactly what constitutes a hipster is fluid and subjective, it almost always, at least to me, contains an implication of ironic posturing. Which is not what we’re try to do.

For my second Carl Wilson link in as many days, his post, A Spectre is Haunting Culture -The Spectre of the Hipster, from 2009 holds up well as a thinking through of the term.

It may also be that we’re over-sensitive to the word and/or associate it with a specific Toronto scene (Queen West) that we’ve always been close to (at least geographically with Hub 14) but also very separate from.

Again the question of the pace of the show is paramount. Which is true, the show is differently paced than most shows, because it wants to propose/do something that is different from some other shows.

Maybe we go to far or not far enough, but we’re ok with the question.


@nestruck has said some nice things on twitter and Facebook, but hasn’t committed in print or more official interwebs.


Hope to see you soon - we've been full but not crazy full, so tickets are available if you stop by Hub 14 (14 Markham St) an hour before - then you can grab a drink in the neighbourhood.

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