Toronto Dance Theatre's (TDT) On Display is a well named piece of work. With barely any music, next to nothing in the way of staging or sets, and fewer than ten props, the already close and personal setting of the Dance Theatre Stage (the repurposed church on 80 Winchester St) becomes even more intimate. The substance of On Display only enhances this further.
Roberto Devereux is the final chapter of Donizetti's Tudor Trilogy, the other works being Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda. Donizetti's fascination with the story of Elizabeth I is definitive yet subtle. In Anna Bolena, Elizabeth does not appear once. In Maria Stuarda, Elizabeth is a secondary character at best. With Roberto Devereux, Elizabeth doesn't make the title. The trilogy still provides the focus of Elizabeth's life, culminating in the final chapter that has her centre-stage.