This weekend, I propose you spend some time perusing some classic books, taking in some local theatre, and of course indulge in live music. Toronto never disappoints in its offering of arts and cultural events. READ MORE
After a short hiatus, my personally curated Theatre Crawl list returns. This week, I have chosen shows that will entice many of you. These include drama pieces, musical theatre, dance, and more. READ MORE
Have you ever wanted to write a masque? Have you ever wondered about the personal sacrifice that goes into creating a masque masterpiece? Do you even know what a masque is? To find out the answer to all of these questions, join Toronto Masque Theatre for their final salon of the season, and learn what really goes on behind the scenes.
Fresh from the succes of last season’s Arlecchino Allegro, which I thoroughly enjoyed, Artistic Director Nicholas Dénoument and Prima Ballerina Mina Kalishnikova, from the esteemed Gorgonetrevich Corps de Ballet National, will draw on their vast experience to create a masque right before our eyes. The whole thing from scratch: the music, the dance, the scenery, the costumes, the lighting, maybe some poetry. The whole thing. Seriously!
To lend assistance will be, the maestro, Larry Beckwith along with soprano Michele DeBoer, and lutenist, Lucas Harris. The evening will include light snacks, tea, coffee, and a cash bar.
If you’ve yet to attend of Toronto Masque‘s salons, I cannot recommend them enough. For an evening of quality music, humour, and much more, I encourage you to come out next Monday night!
So You Want to Write a Masque: Toronto Masque Theatre
Monday March 9, 2015, 7:30 pm.
21 Shaftesbury Avenue, Toronto @ Summerhill Subway.
Tickets: $20 regular / $15 for those under 30 and TMT season subscribers.
Time for another installment of my curated Theatre Crawl list. I have picked four different show currently on-stage in Toronto, which will appeal to a variety of theatre and dance fans. All shows deal with varying themes, from love to loss.
Music: Ori Vidislavski (original music), Elton John, Vains of Jenna Artistic advisor: Keren Levi Costumes: Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor Lights: Netta Koren
Following their successful studio performance and talk back as part of the inaugural Spotlight on Israel Festival last year with Dancemakers, this year the artists will present a full staging of their 2013 “Best Performance” (Israeli Dance Critics Circle) duet that reflects on their relationship as partners in life and as creators for the past decade. This performance is a contemporary interpretation of the 1987 seminal performance created by Liat Dror and Nir Ben Gal, and with whose company Sheinfeld spent his early career.
Théâtre Français de Toronto Berkeley Street Theatre, Upstairs
Written by David Greig & Gordon McIntyre Presented in French. With English surtitles.
It’s Midsummer in Edinburgh. He’s a lawyer. He’s a petty crim. She’s totally out of his league; he’s not her type at all. They absolutely should not sleep together. Which is of course, why they do. This widely acclaimed 2009 Edinburgh Festival sensation has toured worldwide, and now finally hits Toronto for the first time.
Directed by John Van Burek Translated by Julia Duchesne & John Van Burek Starring Patricia Cano, Caity Quinn & Harveen Sandhu
The play is about two child soldiers caught in the grip of ruthless warlords, their heart-pounding escape towards freedom and the nurse who rescued and cared for them, as she testifies before a commission charged with examining the issue of child soldiers.
The original French play won the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama as well as several other awards. It has been translated into 7 languages and performed all over the world.
Tarragon Theatre’s Extraspace Written and translated by Maria Milisavljevic Directed by Richard Rose Starring Cara Pifko, Gord Rand, Sarah Sherman
MISSING. Karla Richter, 24: a loving and trusting young woman, last seen before she left for the grocery store in blue jeans, a green parka and her red rubber rain boots. The police and papers ignore the disappearance, leaving her three friends – whose roots lie in Serbia and Croatia – to discover the truth. A search for Karla becomes a search for the self in this lyrical thriller and modern day epic cloaked in the mystery of Europe’s underworld.
Sarah Sherman, Cara Pifko, Gord Rand Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann
These are not big shows but they are relevant in their subject matter. If you have yet to visit any of the theatres listed here, these are some very good places to start. For details on each show, click on the title for its website. And if these are four shows are not enough, I suggest you click here for another great play suggestion.