Skip to main content

In On It

Have you ever watched a play about a play? A play that has only two characters, one story but at the same time many characters and many stories?

Presented by Halifax-based Matchstick Theatre on January 14, Daniel MacIvor's “In On It” is a true exploration of theatre and human life in a fresh, creative way. Critical thinkers will also find strong symbolism in the show that keeps the audience engaged on many levels, both as observers as well as participants. The actors uncover a simple truth: By watching what is happening on stage, we influence it with our emotions, reactions and we are being watched, too.

The play is composed of multiple scenes that are interrupted by actors discussing those scenes and asking each other for feedback. How often do you get to see the actors arguing whether the actual poster of the play is good or not? Breaking of rules, breaking of characters and standard theatre play surprise the audience and uncovers another way of perceiving the whole action.

Each scene represents a different piece of a puzzle. At first, we only get a small part of the puzzle and can feel its intensity but don’t know yet, what’s going on. Throughout the play, we are given more and more pieces and hints, and the whole story unfolds in front of our eyes. The play represents life – in all its complexity and simplicity. Trivial occasions and big heartbreaks. Marriage. Illness. Hooking up. Divorce. Childhood. Errands. Non-trivial aspects of regular things that each of us encounters at some point, in one way or another.

We notice how much miscommunication happens between people due to the lack of listening. We notice how to what extent things – like the choice of a radio station while you are driving – shape our reality, and how our reality shapes the reality of other people. The audience is also reminded of the importance of death and living each day as if it was the last one: One of the main characters is diagnosed with a deadly disease however he does not know when exactly his life will end. Presented with this story, we get a chance to explore our own mortality and the way we are living; we can choose to avoid thinking about it or we can face it and make the most of each moment.

After all, the play is definitely worth seeing if you are not afraid to face the intensity of life with its, comic and tragic moments, not shielded by pretty decorations. The ups and downs of sadness and laughter as well as feeling grateful for being alive are guaranteed.

By Katerina Sushko

Popular posts from this blog

Charles Hsuen

Even after almost 30 years as the voice of jazz in Halifax, Charles Hsuen shows no signs of slowing down. His passion to preserve and promote the genre to listeners of all ages cannot be overstated. Recently we spoke with Hsuen about his roots, and his life-long love of big band, bebop, swing, Sinatra and more.
What are your own roots? My roots derive from a rather mixed background. My father is of Vietnamese / Tibetan / Chinese heredity, but grew up in India, before immigrating to Canada in 1967. While my mother’s roots stem from Indo-China, she grew up in Brunei before immigrating to Canada in 1969. Both extended families ultimately settled in Toronto and my parents met and married in the early 1970's. The last name “Hsuen” (now XUAN), pronounced “Schwen,” comes from the Last Emperor of China Henry Pu Yi who ruled using the name Xuantong from 1909 until his forced abdication in 1912. The story was of a tumultuous reign, his forced resignation and eventual attempt to reclaim his ti…

Danny Bilsborough

Danny Bilsborough, NSCC alumna and owner of Danny B Studios, has spent most of her days consulting various clients on software options for their new business endeavours. 
Although she’s been involved with assessing some really exciting projects, nothing makes her happier than grabbing her brush and splashing colour on a canvas. That’s why she’s decided to take the plunge into becoming a full-time artist.
“I was always so scared to try using colour, but when my daughter was born and the opportunity came to incorporate these new palettes into her life, they quickly found their way into mine,” she says.
Colour brings light to many things and gives people a sense of enjoyment. Markus Maier explained in his academic journal titled Color Psychology that colour carries great meaning and can have an important impact on people's affect, cognition and behaviour.
Bilsborough’s favourite pieces to create are those of nature and animals – a quick look at her online Etsy page confirms this. She be…


Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the passing of Elvis Presley, International World-Champion Elvis tribute artist, Thane Dunn and his Cadillac Kings, will perform seven shows throughout the Maritimes over the coming months. Recently we spoke with the King of Kings about his passion and profession.
What are your roots? I was born in Moncton, New Brunswick. I've lived everywhere from California to Toronto but Moncton always has had a special place in my heart. My musical roots have always been early Rock and Roll and also old Country and Western like Buck Owens and Stonewall Jackson. I’ve always been a huge Jim Morrison fan. He had a lot of similar traits to Elvis.
What first inspired the Elvis tribute? I always loved the man and I’ve had people tell me I looked like him and in early bands I was in people would say I sounded like him. I had a few months leading up to the decision to do it where it seemed every time I turned on the TV there was Elvis, the radio would be playing Elvis…