REVIEWS

"People Suck"

“NNNN - Filled with clever turns of phrase [...] talented and energetic cast.”
- NOW Magazine


"I loved People Suck and highly recommend it to anybody looking for a laugh at Fringe. I’ll have these tunes stuck in my head for days."
- Mooney on Theatre


“A must-see […] People Suck is gutsy, entertaining, and meaningful; it is independent theatre at its best.”
- The Varsity


"This hilarious song cycle co-written by Peter Cavell and Megan Phillips pays homage, nay, celebrates the worst in all of us; through catchy tunes and deviously clever lyrics, the crappiest facets of humanity are dissected and put on display for all to enjoy."
- Artsvox.ca



"Death! A New Musical"

Peter Cavell shows himself to be a very, very good writer, a fine actor, and a very good composer. His talent has long legs. This is one of those shows that you'll think about when you read about his accomplishments in the coming years and you'll say to yourself 'I saw him at the London Fringe in 2008. I figured he'd go far in this business.'
- Joe S, London Fringe Forum


"Walking the Labyrinth"

UWO music grad and London Fringe fest solo performer Peter Cavell wants to take you on a dark, dark, dark, journey to the centre of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur in Walking the Labyrinth.
Technically, [Cavell] is never at a loss whether he's borrowing from Euripides or composing electro-acoustic sounds giant-sized enough for a good Transformers movie.
Cavell reworks the story with impressive technical command of his laptop and the myth. The myth's essence pits the brave Athenian Theseus against the Minotaur, a monster who waits somewhere in the cave-like labyrinth. ... In his version, Cavell skillfully and confidently combines taped sounds and live speeches in several languages.
...Walking the Labyrinth is strongly recommended to Fringe fans who like to walk on the dark side and see the Minotaur's tale get a techno twist.

- The London Free Press


The performance was amazing and Peter was able to captivate the audience throughout by using techniques from Greek Theatre, acting as a narrator or interpreter in some cases to communicate the plot from a different point of view to his audience.
The disembodied, recorded voice over of Ariadne (Danielle Buonaiuto), both in song and spoken word, spoke to Theseus at times which added a melodic and melancholic air to the production.

- Voices.com


Peter Cavell did not disappoint!
Walking the Labyrinth is not your typical fringe festival play, instead, it is a vivid journey to the discovery of duality that exists in human nature.
Using the gripping encounter of Theseus and the Minotaur, Cavell captivated our audience with his concentrated raw emotional power and commanding stage presence. Fringers  seeking more substance or thought-provoking fare, will be fascinated by Cavell's creative use of sound, lighting effects and the marriage of an ancient myth and 2,000 year-old poetry.
I was completely engaged for the entire act and am certain that Walking the Labyrinth will remain my Ottawa Fringe Festival 2008 favourite.

- Avril A, Ottawa Fringe Forum


This original re-imagining is based on a Greek myth. Theseus, son of the King of Athens, set out to defeat a minotaur in a labyrinth, which was created by King Minos of Crete. What was really interesting about this production was the creative multimedia experience - altered voices and pre-recorded vocal music, poetry, dialog and effects - it added to the dark mystique of the show. Facing the unknown, facing darkness, and making choices is a common theme throughout. ... I thoroughly enjoyed this unique and creative production.
- Melissa K, Ottawa Fringe Forum


A fascinating production. Very innovative in terms of its multimedia usage. Even the eerie glow from the laptop worked well with the mood and theme. While some of the sound levels and overlapping voices made it difficult to catch all of the monologues and voiceovers (sometimes to the point of distraction), it was overall a worthwhile experience. And a wonderful retelling/reimagining of Theseus and the Minotaur. Well done!
- Comprometteur, Ottawa Fringe Forum

This story has a undeniable emotional power with the tale of Theseus and his confrontation with the Minotaur is turned upside down. Playing on the story's allegorical nature about connectivity, both Theseus the monster are made far more human as they discuss their limits and assumed roles. Beliefs are challenged as are your assumptions Suddenly, there is a break where the story dramatically changes when one of the opponents makes his own choice that leads to a conclusion that feels as true to Greek mythology as the original. All the while, you are carried away with the dramatic power as new directions are taken and hard realizations are gained. With evocative lighting, atmospheric music and powerful acting, you might never see this ancient story the same way again.
- Kenneth C, London Fringe Forum


"The Devil Loves to Haggle"

Strange title masks one of the most unique and wonderful offerings at the London Fringe. Renaissance men Peter Cavell and Jonathan De Souza sing, juggle, preach and joke their way through a stylish cabaret review where the targets include Elvis Presley ministers, heavy metal music and Jayson McDonald plays.  ...a whimsical, inventive experience. Highly recommended.
- Chris D, London Fringe Forum


Describing themselves as "Musical Theatre for the Absurd", Peter and Jonathan deliver a wacky performance that would make Andy Kaufman laugh 'til he cried. With comic genius that is reminiscent of Robin Williams and Steve Martin, these local jesters mimic everyone from Jerry Springer to The Boneyard Man. If Hitler's girlfriend were alive today, what would she say?
- Darin A, London Fringe Forum


This whimsical look at selling your soul is reminiscent of vaudeville and well worth the $8 (as these masterful Western students will remind throughout the performance). Both composition majors at UWO, their musical talents are only outshone by their provocative and insightful dialogue as it pokes fun at, well, everything and everybody. The Devil, Jesus and a sing-along all combine to make this a truly religious experience
- Ben B, London Fringe Forum