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
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
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
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
Shakespeare BASH’d returns to the Monarch Tavern with an exciting new staging of Richard III. Co-Artistic Director James Wallis returns to the stage to play the title role; while Jennifer Dzialoszynski (Shaw Festival) navigates a complicated path as Lady Anne.
Both Wallis and Dzialoszynski share some insight into this play and their respective characters. READ MORE
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
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