Firstly, apologies friends. I’ve owed you an instalment of my In The City series for some time. No despair! Here are a few personal suggestions of some events you should get to in the next few weeks. READ MORE
Written by one of Canada’s most prolific and popular playwrights, Secret Life of a Mother, developed in Residency at The Theatre Centre, is an exposé of modern motherhood and Hannah Moscovitch’s most personal writing to date. One of her oldest friends, the multiple Dora Award-winning actor Maev Beaty, tells this story, and through it her own motherhood secrets start to surface. READ MORE
Conchi León is a renowned playwright, actorand director from Yucatán, México. She is the founder of the Sa’as Tún Theatre Company. Her artistic career has been marked by the development of texts and testimonial montages that rescue the memory, tradition and customs of the Mayan culture, with a special focus on women.
This year, her latest work Del Manantial del Corazón (The Spring of the Heart) opens the RUTAS International Multi Arts Festival. To learn more about León and her work, I had the privilege of asking her a few questions. READ MORE
Théâtre français de Toronto kick off its 2018-19 season with a work by Marivaux, La Seconde Surprise de l’amour (The Second Surprise of Love). A unique comedy that explores the winding ways of love, and centres on two women determined to control their respective destinies. The play will be presented at the Berkeley Street Theatre from October 17 to 28 in French with English surtitles. READ MORE
Following their award-winning production of pool (no water) (2018 Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble), Cue6 Theatre presents the Toronto premiere of Dry Land. READ MORE
I came to know Graham Isador as a storyteller through a previous SummerWorks show Situational Anarchy. When I interviewed him for a follow up performance of that show, he discussed why he’s drawn to storytelling. “It’s a balance between a selfish need to show off and a desperate need to be understood… When I make someone feel something, and I know that I’ve done it, it is the best feeling in the world. Partly that is… also because maybe their reaction means my stupid head that I live inside isn’t so alien after all.”
Kris Hagen switches his time on-screen as part of CBC’s Kim’s Convenience, for a chance to showcase his music, writing and directing skills on-stage in Lighters in the Air. A play about artistic integrity, unfulfilled expectations, and an uncertain future. READ MORE
Premiering at Toronto’s Fringe Festival, Robin Black‘s (UFC, MUCHMUSIC, TSN) Enjoy the Hostilities walks us through his transition from glam rock singer, to mixed martial artist, to television personality. Co-written by Graham Isador (VICE, Soulpepper Playwright’s unit) the show uses storytelling, comedy, and punch drunk philosophy to offer audiences advice on how to make the most out of almost making it.
As a preview to its premiere, Black answered my 5 Questions. READ MORE
Toronto’s theatre scene continues to offer us some great selections this month. My pick for this week is Seven Siblings Theatre‘s production of Bryony Lavery‘s play Frozencurrently on-stage at the b current studio theatre. READ MORE