Pencil Kit Productions has partnered with the Gladstone Hotel and grassroots artist collective Blank Canvas to produce Shadow Girls, a theatrical production scored entirely with overhead projector art. READ MORE
Necessary Angel Theatre Company, Electric Company Theatre, and The Theatre Centre bring us their new co-production 40 Days And 40 Nights, a new work created and performed by Daniel Brooks and Kim Collier, with consulting director Jennifer Tarver for Necessary Angel.
This sensorial, ritualistic, celebration invites performers and audiences to contemplate, and talk about Love. Here is what Collier has to share about this intriguing new work.
Théâtre français de Toronto‘s production of Le Menteur (The Liar) is a witty comedy of manners full of flowery language and wicked banter. Although the play was written in 1643 by Pierre Corneille, the themes are still relevant today: the resistance of youth to authority, tall tales, jealousy, infatuation, and much more. READ MORE
With theatre season in full bloom in Toronto, I continue to discover more local theatre companies creating challenging and provocative works. This past week I learned about Lester Trips (Theatre) founded by Lauren Gillis and Alaine Hutton. Their latest collaboration, Mr. Truth, an off-the-beaten-sketch-comedy-path is set to premiere at Why Not Theatre’s The RISER Project.
To learn more about Lester Trips (Theatre) and Mr. Truth, Gillis graciously agreed to be part of my 5 Questions With… series. READ MORE
Written & Performed by Jivesh Parasram, Take d Milk, Nah? is the story of how he once birthed a cow… kinda. Catchy tag line, no? Read on to find out about the inspiration behind Parasram’s show. READ MORE
In the early 90’s, playwright Michael Healey riffed on the concept of Theatre Passe Muraille’s 1972 project The Farm Show – a devised performance that saw actors from the city interacting with farmers in rural Ontario to uncover the challenges of country life – as a starting point for an intriguing script of friendship and loss. As Theatre Passe Muraille celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, they have decided to remount Healey’s The Drawer Boy, currently on-stage until March 25th.
Blood Pact Theatre with support from Storefront Theatre, and in association with Factory Theatre presents the world premiere of After Wrestling — opening March 1, 2018. After Wrestling revolves around Hogan and his sister Leah. Together they navigate old flames, new relationships, and their mental health in a booze- and grief-fuelled debate after the suicide of Hogan’s best friend Gibby. Playwright Charlie Kerr — with writing partner Bryce Hodgson‘s blessing — shared some insights about the play with yours truly. READ MORE
Native Earth Performing Arts‘ production of Ipperwash, written and directed by Six Nations playwright Falen Johnson is set to premiere this upcoming week. Ipperwash tells a fictionalized story based on real events, developed through conversations with community members. Following an Anishinaabe Corporal who visits Camp Ipperwash for ordnance clean-up, the play shares an intimate story of resilience of the Stoney and Kettle Point communities who have been forcibly evicted from their land. READ MORE