Opening January 3rd and running until January 14th, the 2018 Next Stage Theatre Festival (NSTF) will kick off the 30th year of the Toronto Fringe. The NSTF is the premiere winter theatre event in the city. READ MORE
‘Tis the season and that means Toronto Masque Theatre‘s (TMT) yearly Christmas Salon returns for two nights — December 17 – 18, 2017 at The Atrium at 21 Shaftesbury Avenue. Guest singers and instrumentalists come together to celebrate the season with carols, songs and instrumental works. READ MORE
Pioneers in devised theatre incorporating movement, live music, interactive design, and media work, Theatre Gargantua is a leading multi-disciplinary theatre company. Jacquie P.A. Thomas, one of Canada’s longest-serving female Artistic Directors, founded Theatre Gargantua in 1992. Alongside with Michael Spence and other artists, Thomas has made Theatre Gargantua an artist-driven company that produces ground-breaking works in two-year cycles.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Thomas and Spence before the premiere of their latest work, Reflector, to talk about the company, and their upcoming premiere. READ MORE
Nightwood Theatre and Crow’s Theatre have partnered up this season to bring us Rose Napoli‘s latest play to the stage: Lo (Or Dear Mr. Wells). Premiering at Crow’s Theatre this past weekend, and running until November 11, 2017, Lo… is a feminist retake on a student-teacher relationship, wrestling with sexuality and consent, literature and passion, right and wrong.
Nearing the World Premiere of Lo (Or Dear Mr. Wells), Napoli took the time to chat with me about the impetus for writing this piece, her writing process, and much more. READ MORE
The 5th annual One More Night Festival, a one-night only remount of 11 successful productions, over the course of 5 days is fully underway.
The festival includes shows from all genres: comedies, musicals, one-woman-shows, and even a whodunnit. All of them have had rave reviews, standing ovations, awards, and/or sold-out houses. To learn more about the festival and the masterminds behind it, I had a great chat with co-founder Vikki Velenosi. READ MORE
Set before the rise of Black Lives Matter, and inspired by interviews conducted with individuals in Toronto and Halifax, Other Side of the Game is a time-spanning work that tells the story of silenced Black women who organize communities, protect loved ones, battle institutions, and live each day by a ride-or-die philosophy. This first-time partnership between Cahoots Theatre and Obsidian Theatre also marks the professional playwriting debut for Amanda Parris.
As part of my 5 Questions With... series, I asked Ms. Parris to share more about this piece, and the importance of telling these types of stories.
From September 20th to October 1st, 2017, Theatre Inamorata invites Toronto audiences into the opulent and sensual world of contemporary art to present the World Premiere of Gray. Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece The Picture of Dorian Gray and set in current-day Toronto, playwright Kristofer Van Soelen has created a journey through art and sexuality, asking us to question our indulgences, tastes and the nature of human connection. READ MORE