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2 Cities, 3 Shows

Edinburgh Round-Up

SPENT takes Edinburgh Fringe by storm!

Spent photo by Elisa Gilmour

For the month of August Ravi Jain and myself played Spent at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. The show garnered rave reviews and we sold out our entire run!! We had a great, physically, mentally and spiritually exhausting time…

Many thanks to all of those who came to see the fundraiser in Toronto at the Young Centre before we left and those who either donated or sent well-wishes. We are so very lucky to have such a supportive community behind us!

…AND stay tuned for TOURING NEWS ABOUT SPENT!!! who knows where we might go next…India…? the middle east?? south of the border???

What the press said in Edinburgh:

Selected for Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe Sold-out run and one of the List Magazines top 100 shows of the Fringe

**** FOUR STARS in The List “Sharp-as-a-tack satire…boundless energy and inventiveness.”

**** FOUR STARS in FESTMAG and one of their TOP FIVE Fringe shows of the Festival ” Funny, pacey and utterly mad, it shows just how well theatre can shed light on our bonkers world.”

**** FOUR STARS in Broadway Baby ” …a spectacular roller coaster rise, low on lecturing and high on energy.”

**** FOUR STARS in the TELEGRAPH “A physically swift and comically ingenious deconstruction of what it has felt like to be tossed about by the economic tsunami.

BROADWAY WORLD “The unbelievably fast transitions between accents and mannerisms, which were carried out with apparent ease, is just one element among many which demonstrate that this is a well-polished piece which deserves the awards and acclaim is it receiving.”

THE INDEPENDENT: “Ravi Jain and Adam Paolozza, the Vladimir and Estragon of Bay Street (Toronto’s Wall Street) lead us through the existential lows and highs of financial life…an extraordinary hour of physical theatre”

Tom Lamont from the Observer called it, ” A frenzied 2-man riff on the global economic collapse with bonus takedowns of broadcast journalism and organized religion, a lotta fun”


Spent gets ****’s and CBC coverage

SPENT sold out its opening yesterday and our second show today!

Festmagazine calls it:

“Funny, pacey and utterly mad, it shows just how well theatre can shed light on our bonkers world.”

Read the full 4 STAR review here
And SPENT was featured on CBC’s website as part of the Edfringe’s Canadian invasion! Read about it here


And in an absurd twist of fate the world market has crashed again, the biggest since 2008, timed seemingly to our show opening in Edinburgh…more on that here



Adam Paolozza and Ravi Jain



Spent is Open October 29-November 29, 2010

Only 24 shows! Don’t miss the show that everyone is Raving about!!


“I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen such flawless performances on stage and I can’t imagine the insane amount of energy, talent and technique required to pull it all off.” Mooney on Theatre

“NNNN” critics pick Now Magazine

“If you wanna laugh yourself silly, see _Spent_… A wonderful combination of incisive satire and sharp physical comedy…Performers Paolozza and Jain are impeccable” -Jon Kaplan, Now Magazine

“_Spent_ is first class theatre from powerhouse creators… The brilliance of the show is how two human bodies can create whole vistas of images through movement and Andre du Toit’s innovative lighting”-Paula Citron, Classical 96.3FM

“Jain and Paolozza are talented clowns, and under the often expert direction of Smith and Gilmour, they create moments of inspired lunacy that drew delighted guffaws.”-John Colbourn, Toronto SUN

Spent was honored with three 2010 Dora nominations, including Best Production and Best New Play. Spent won the 2010 Dora for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble.

Spent is a co-production between TheatreRUN, TheatreSmith-Gilmour and Why Not Theatre
For Tickets:
October 29-November 28 @ 8pm,
Sundays Matinee at 2:30pm PWYC


SPENT wins Dora for Outstanding Ensemble!

We are proud to announce that SPENT won the Dora award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble (for Ravi Jain and Adam Paolozza)

Stay tuned for more SPENT news in the coming months including a huge fundraiser bash in September and a full REMOUNT IN NOVEMBER!!!

Spent nominated for 3 Dora awards

Ravi Jain and Adam Paolozza, photo by Elisa Gilmour

Our successful comedy about the financial crisis, coproduced with our good friends at Theatre Smith-Gilmour and Why Not Theatre, has been nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore awards in Toronto.

The nominations are:

  • Outstanding overall production – The whole production team
  • Outstanding new play: Dean Gilmour, Mimi Smith, Adam Paolozza and Ravi Jain
  • Outstanding performance in a featured role: The Ensemble – Ravi Jain and Adam Paolozza

Many thanks to all of those who came out to see SPENT in October! We couldn’t have done it without your support and laughter.

SPENT is also eligible for the AUDIENCE CHOICE award given by NOW MAGAZINE.
If you loved SPENT we need your vote and support.
If you go to , you can select to vote for SPENT for the Audience choice award…

We need as many votes as possible! Please take 2 minutes and go to the site to vote for SPENT as the Now Magazine Audience Choice Award.

We really appreciate your support!

And for those who missed it…never fear! We’re remounting Spent in November 2010!

Ravi Jain and Adam Paolozza photo by Elisa Gilmour

SPENT is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and the Canadian Arts Council