In last season’s Canadian Stage hit Venus in Fur, Carly Street starred as Vanda, a fearless actress/dominatrix. Her latest role, in Stephen Sondheim’s Company, has her swapping black leather for white satin to play Amy, a bride-to-be who’s freaked out by the prospect of marriage. “Amy way over-thinks things,” says Street of her neurotic character, “which is problematic when it comes to relationships. She’s certainly very different from Vanda, who’s living right in the moment.” Amy expresses her marital angst in one of the all-time great patter songs, “Getting Married Today,” a hilarious whirlwind of words that needs to be sung with tongue-defying precision. “I love a good solid technical challenge,” says Street, “and that is just what this song is.”
Amy is one of 14 characters in Sondheim’s landmark 1970 musical comedy about a single man contemplating the lives of his married friends. This rare Toronto revival, by the artist-driven company Theatre 20, boasts a high-powered cast that includes Tony Award winner Brent Carver and Mamma Mia ace Louise Pitre. Street says that watching her castmates has been “like a master class.” But while the fiery-haired actress calls herself a “baby member” of the ensemble, her star quality has already been recognized. Her seductive performance in Venus in Fur—which she’ll be repeating at Canadian Stage this winter—recently earned her both a Dora and a Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award.
A T.O. native who grew up in Moore Park, Street has lived in New York since 2010. She jokes that British dynamo Matthew Warchus, who directed her in the Lord of the Rings musical, “bullied” her into making the move. “But it’s meant I’ve had a chance to work with amazing actors and directors in both cities,” she says. “It’s been a charmed life.”
To July 13. Berkeley Street Theatre. 26 Berkeley St., 416-368-3110, theatre20.com.