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
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
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.
The World Premiere of Calpurnia by Audrey Dwyer, a co-production from Nightwood Theatre and Sulong Theatre, this week. The play is a provocative and satirical look at class, race, and appropriation. Calpurnia follows the story of Julie, a screenwriter from a wealthy Jamaican-Canadian home who goes to extreme lengths to redress To Kill a Mockingbird through the perspective of Calpurnia, the Finch family maid. READ MORE
Widely considered Shakespeare’s best, and a personal favourite, Groundling Theatre Company‘s Lear tells the story of an aging queen who decides to change her will and make it public h will on the day of her youngest daughter’s engagement. Her actions are that of a woman who is starting to lose grip on her power, as well as, her mind. READ MORE
With field recordings, audio effects, and a well timed air horn Explosions for the 21st Century uses sound design to explore contemporary
culture. Written and performed by Chris Ross-Ewart (Yale School of Drama) and directed by Graham Isador (Pressgang Theatre) the show is a real time, exploration of why we make sound and how we listen. READ MORE
“There is no longer any shame in hypocrisy; it is a fashionable vice, and all fashionable vices pass for virtue… hypocrisy is a privileged vice which closes the mouth of everyone, and enjoys in peace a sovereign impunity.” READ MORE
Alumnae Theatre Company’s 29th annual New Ideas Festival, a three-week, juried celebration of original writing, works-in- progress, and experimental theatre, took place this month.
This year’s festival of 15 new plays was an interesting and eclectic mix, with both established and emerging theatre. The festival is a theatrical lab for writers, directors, and actors to practice and refine their art with the help of a live audience, who are invited to be part of the process by giving both spoken and written feedback following the shows. READ MORE