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Ecce Homo Theatre was founded in 2005 by director/playwright Alistair Newton, production designer Matt Jackson and Austrian installation artist Edith Artner when the three were attending the University of Victoria in British Columbia. Now based in Toronto Ontario, Ecce Homo has a mandate to produce stylized theatrical works with strong socio-political content which synthesize text, music, dance, and design; to yield a total theatrical experience. Ecce Homo strives to equally balance politics and entertainment, to challenge audiences visually, intellectually, and emotionally; to produce work on big themes for troubled times.
- Alistair Newton, Artistic DirectorEcce Homo is a member of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts and a resident company at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
"Alistair Newtons direction, showing each of the duos four encounters from a different angle, is excellent: tense and lucid."
- Robert Cushman, review of Terre Haute
, The National Post
"Ecce Homos quietly intense production, cannily directed by Alistair Newton, boasts a strong performance by Todd Michael Sandomirsky as the unrepentant young bomber and an outstanding one from Terrence Bryant as the elderly patrician writer, whose biting wit fails to hide a profound sadness."
- Martin Morrow, review of Terre Haute
, The Grid
"Loving the Stranger or how to recognize an invert
functions exactly as writer/director Alistair Newton intends: it amuses while it informs."
- Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine
"An homage to Berlin's pre-war cabaret scene, it's compelling, thought-provoking, and often in-your-face funny..."
- John Colbourne, review of Loving the Stranger
, The Toronto Sun
"Rousingly performed, with a lot of well drilled hymn singing...it's just as Biblical as that one homophobic verse from Leviticus, and it carries a lot more weight."
- Robert Cushman, review of The Pastor Phelps Project
, The National Post
"There's lots of intelligence and theatrical ingenuity in this burlesque-style examination of the Christian fundamentalist Pastor Fred Phelps and his 'God Hates Gays' philosophy...the production is highly effective and disturbing."
- Glenn Sumi, review of The Pastor Phelps Project
, NOW Magazine
"The portrait ends up being more well rounded than you'd expect. (And convincing parallels are made between S&M and Mother Teresa's philosophy that suffering is a gift from God."
- Kelly Nestruck, review of The Ecstasy of Mother Teresa
, The Globe and Mail
"An entertaining, well realized show that might have slithered out from a murky Weimar Republic-era cellar".
- Adrian Chamberlain, review of Woyzeck Songspiel
, Victoria Times Colonist
"A decadent glimpse into the abyss...wilkommen expressionist cabaret." - review of Woyzeck Songspiel
, Monday Magazine