If you're visiting Toronto, don't invest precious time and money attending this peculiar production. Performed by a live orchestra, Bizet's music is magnificent. Unfortunately, the inclusion of taped Innuit throat singing in the score is both disruptive and incongruent. Further, no amount of sexy costumes or psychidelic video backdrops can offset wooden choreography and poor styling choices. Picture Carmen, a gypsy cigarette girl, with her hair in a tight chignon and wearing what looks more like an ice skating costume than appropriate strumpet attire. Contrast this with a team of male cross-dressing "senioritas" with fans dancing to The Toreador Song and you can appreciate why this production fails to achieve "liftoff." Save your money for the Toronto International Film Festival.
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