Friday, July 04, 2008

The Swearing Jar at the Toronto Fringe Festival/

Hi everybody! We've been getting some terrific reviews, so don't wait too late to get your tickets to The Swearing Jar.

Here's just some of the feedback so far:

Rated: 9 out of 10

Jory Brophy said: "The Swearing Jar is a richly textured drama, with well paced staging and sharp and engaging dialogue... As the story unfolds in a seamless series of flashbacks and vignettes, the jar becomes a symbol of the emotional capital invested in a marriage... The four actors all give outstanding performances, enlivening playwright Kate Hewlett’s bright banter. Indeed, Hewlett has written a gem, complete with plaintive songs, that clearly touched the audience."



David Balzer loved the "uniformly likable cast (especially cute-as-a-button Janet Porter as the lead), and Hewlett’s remarkable talent for capturing the essence of casual-yet-meaningful exchanges between partners."


Kelly Nestruck writes "Hewlett, whose earlier play Humans Anonymous was a sell-out at the Fringe two years ago, should have another festival hit on her hands here. Cleverly structured and interspersed with song, it always stays light, funny and charming."

Please come out and see the show -- I'm so proud of the cast and crew!

Just to remind you about the details:

The Swearing Jar
by Kate Hewlett
in the TARRAGON MAINSPACE (30 Bridgman Ave., near Bathurst and Dupont)
Wed Jul 2 / 8.45 pm
Fri Jul 4 / 10.30 pm (tonight!!)
Sun Jul 6 / 1.15 pm
Tue Jul 8 / 7.00 pm
Wed Jul 9 / 4.00 pm
Thu Jul 10 / 2.15 pm
Sat Jul 12 / 9.45 pm

TIX $10 / Cheaper with a pass!

To buy tickets, you can show up at the door (at least half an hour before the start time) or go to OR phone 416-966-1062.

So many options. Wow.

See you there if you live in or near Toronto!



Blogger Fran said...

Wow Kate great reviews. I will try and go see it. This move has really knocked me out.



2:37 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Way to rock those reviews, Kate! From what I've heard from others, totally true.

So when is someone going to discover your fringe festival dominance and let you expand from there?

Keep breaking those legs...

4:41 PM  
Blogger ZoniDuck said...

Congratulations on the great reviews! This makes me wish I was in Toronto instead of Phoenix, because I'd definitely go see your show.

Best wishes for a fabulous run!

4:41 PM  
Blogger Alipeeps said...

Lovely reviews. The play sounds really awesome and I so wish I could see it. :/ Sadly, short of a lottery win tomorrow night, a trip across the pond is not looking plausible right now. :lol:

6:28 PM  
Blogger Misty aka s_aurius said...

Congratulations on the terrific reviews!

Hopefully some day when I'm on leave I'll make it up there to see one of your shows.

1:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wish it could be playing in DC's Fringe Festival. :( Prehaps some day.

4:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa, way cool on the reviews. :D Kinda stuck down here in PA, tho'...plane tickets are a little bit expensive right now. lol

The reviews are awesome tho', so it's good to hear it's going so well!! *claps*


10:13 AM  
Blogger The Wondering Brit said...

How was your trip to old Blighty?

6:50 AM  
Blogger Shelley said...

Great reviews Kate!!
You know if i was even in the same country I would be there for at least one showing of the play.

Good luck with the rest!!

8:56 AM  
Blogger Becky L said...

Great reviews! I want to come up and see the play, but I can't go on any trips right now. Got to put someone else's health first.

May you have another sell-out!!!

9:18 AM  
Blogger Brian Schwartz said...

Congratulations on the wonderful reviews! I'd love to see the show – hope you can make it back to NYC one day!

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Florida, otherwise I would come see your play!

I've heard great things about Meet the Hewletts in London. Sounds like the fans had a wonderful time.

I'll see you next week at Shore Leave! Can't's going to be so much fun. No hubby, no kids, no parents or in-laws...*big sigh*..sounds like absolute heaven!

Plus seeing you, David, Jewel and the rest is just the nuts in the brownies! (I would say frosting on the cake...but I don't really like

Kimberly aka Kdvb1

4:22 PM  
Anonymous ames said...

Oh, those are wonderful reviews! I wish I lived closer to Toronto, I would absolutely go. Come to Chicago!

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Devon Ellington said...

Congrats on the great reviews! Woo-hoooo!

I'm full time on B'way this month, so I can't fly up to Toronto, but I'm delighted the play's being so well received.


And the Tarragon is my favorite space in Toronto.

I've emailed my pals in Toronto and recommended it -- this way, I can live it vicariously through them!

10:07 AM  
Anonymous omglawdork said...

Alas, alas - in Austin, I'm closer to Guatemala City than I am to Toronto. That's great news about the reviews, though!

Speaking of Austin, you should try to get down to South by Southwest sometime. Lots of great arts networking and general fun to be had - plus, you can have lovely Tex-Mex food and enjoy the sunshine!

10:24 AM  
Blogger Michele Blu said...

That is really great, Kate....a good review is always a perfect ending to a perfect day :o)

i only wish i could see the play in person. Someday you'll create something closer to the Chicago area ;-)

Although Toronto is only 5 hours away...i'd need a passport, darn that need of a passport! Oh well, perhaps next great play you write we will make the trip up to see it in person.


10:25 AM  
Anonymous Courtney said...

Kate, I just saw The Swearing Jar last night and I think I'm going to take my brother back for the Saturday show I enjoyed it so much.

Your writing is absolutely fantastic. I found the banter between the characters to be rich and layered, very smart without coming off as falsely precocious. The actors did a really outstanding job of bringing the words to life as well. Janet Porter was particularly marvelous, swinging between happy, nervous and sad with aplomb.

Well done.

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic reviews! I think you should offer to write an episode of "Stargate Atlantis." Who knows? TPTB might say okay. Maybe.

Great seeing you at Shore Leave. You have so much talent and wit. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work. Have a great year!


7:13 PM  
Blogger Cyn said...

It was nice meeting you at Shore Leave this weekend! Thanks again for the kind words about the artwork. :)

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


It was great meeting you at Shore Leave! I was the one who gave you the bag & magnet with your character Marilyn on it(by Criz, one of David's squirrels). You saw my shirt with Karate Patrick on it and said you wanted one, so I told you I would put the website in a comment here.

So here's the main website showing all Criz's characters:

You have to scroll down to see the "A Dog's Breakfast" ones. Careful with the sizing, the one I was wearing is a Jr. size and they run small.(non-Jr sizes shouldn't be smaller) I was wearing an extra-large which is larger than I normally wear, but it fit.

Again, it was great to finally meet you. I loved you in 'A Dog's Breakfast" and all the SGA episodes you have been in. I'm looking forward to "The Shrine" (I think that's the one you will be in), although I think it will be a real tearjerker.

Your mom should be so proud of you and David and of herself for raising you both. You are a very sweet, warm, gracious woman, who made me feel very welcome and at ease when you signed my "A Dog's Breakfast" dvd.

Thank you,
aka Kdvb1 (also same name on dGeek)

P.S.-Criz is on dGeek too and her screenname is "Criz".

1:07 PM  
Blogger Sofie said...

Congrats on the reviews Kate!!! Wish I actually lived in Toronto(or really close), so I could go and watch it..



7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kate!

Great reviews! Congrats! :D

My daughter, Erin, is thrilled that you loved the dolphin. Both girls love the name "Nosey" for her (him? I guess your choice.).

It was great to meet you at Shore Leave! My girls say I MUST take them to meet you next time I go. They are sorry they missed you.

(the squirrel who gave you the dolphin)

7:56 PM  
Anonymous green said...

Well, I've tried to email you but your email address doesn't exist. So here's my embarassment as I paste my letter here.

Before I embarrass myself thoroughly, though, congrats on your reviews! That's fantastic!

Here goes. As originally typed.


The weekend before this past weekend I got the joy of seeing you at Shoreleave 30. You won't remember me. I was the short moderately geeky girl with glasses and curly brown hair. (I don't use "dorky" anymore because I learned the definition of the word "dork." Anyway...)

Anyway! I was absolutely ecstatic on meeting you! I didn't actually get to officially meet you because waiting through the line for autographs just to show up and say "Oh no, I don't want an autograph, I just want to gush," seemed like a bit of a cruel thing to do. I don't really find myself wanting to collect autographs. And I suppose I felt a little embarrassed for that.

At any rate, I think a lot of what sort of draws me to you is that I see a lot of myself in you. Which is a little pompous to say. Who am I to know who you are? But, alright, revision then. What I see you present is very relatable to me. I'm a writer (though not an actress), I love being creative, I adore cats, and I hate to see left over wine in a bottle. Actually that last one might have been a fib on David's part as that's what he informed us when you weren't there on Sunday. I'm not sure to trust David's brotherly love as much as to hear it from the source.

I also think you're gorgeous. And, sure, it's easy enough to be gorgeous in an aesthetic sort of way. But you're gorgeous in a personality sort of way (unless you're really very mean and nasty underneath that thin façade of innocence and charm...)

Thank you for spending your time at Shoreleave. Your presence there was so much appreciated and enjoyed. And though I didn't get as much time with you as apposed to David (social butterflygeek and all) I'm really humbled by your coming and hope to be in some place to see you speak again.

And just know, though I'm a squirrel for David I'm a...butterfly! for you. Yeah. I hope to be able to see some of your work at some point and read some of your plays.

Left handers unite...spiral notebooks be damned!


6:33 PM  
Anonymous Solene said...

Salut Kate !

Je me demandais si tu te produisais dans une pièce de théâtre la première semaine d'août à Toronto ?

Si c'est le cas, ça me plairait bien de te voir en chair et en os !

Bonne continuation et bon courage !

1:27 PM  
Blogger Fran said...

Kate sorry I missed you in "The Swearing Jar" Things have been hectic for me lately.

I was over at You Tube and watched a bit of the footage from Shore Leave. I must tell you I was blown away by that song you sang. You have a great voice. The "Rogaine" lyric cracked me up when you looked over towards David. I laughed.

I still say you awesome just like David.



12:21 PM  
Blogger Cyn said...

Hi Kate! I didn't know how else to contact you :) Thanks again for voting for me at the Shore Leave art show! I got the certificates today. Hope to hear from you soon.


8:22 AM  
Anonymous Sue said...


Just saw a video of that song you sang at Shore Leave on Youtube. Wow, seriously wow :)

Missing your Blog entries ;)

5:53 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

It's been great seeing you on Stargate, I hope you get written into more episodes. I would love to see your plays, but alas, I live in Arizona.

Keep singing, writing, and acting!
Lots of fan love,

10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kate... Will you please share with us a little about "The Shrine", behind the scenes kind of stuff. It is airing Next Friday and as a fan of yours, I'd love to hear about it from you... Thanks Bunches! You rock!

Patricia Lee

4:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm hoping my avatar shows up. It's a pic of you and me at Shore Leave! You is SO pretty!*grin*

aka Kdvb1

11:04 PM  

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