Toronto Fringe: Zoey and Jake, now and then, in the lovely, playful & moving nostalgic journey False Start

Green Box Theatre Company plays with time and space to reveal the evolution of a relationship in its Toronto Fringe production of Nicole Hrgetic’s False Start, directed by Mani Eustis and currently running at St. Vladimir Theatre. Zoey (Elizabeth Adams) and Jake (Dylan Evans) meet in high school when Jake is in desperate need ofContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Zoey and Jake, now and then, in the lovely, playful & moving nostalgic journey False Start”

Toronto Fringe: A lovely, complex, layered exploration of relationships in Perceptions of Love in the Pursuit of Happiness

A baby on the way. A marital infidelity. Marriage counsellor, heal thyself. Three Five Productions’ Perceptions of Love in the Pursuit of Happiness, written and directed by Chantal Forde, examines three couples facing huge relationship challenges as they strive for life, love and happiness – running in the Factory Theatre mainspace for Toronto Fringe. JessicaContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: A lovely, complex, layered exploration of relationships in Perceptions of Love in the Pursuit of Happiness”

A darkly funny & eerie look into the mind of Lizzie Borden in Blood Relations

So, first, a confession: I’d never read or seen Sharon Pollack’s Blood Relations. Not until last night, that is, at Alumnae Theatre Company’s opening night, directed by Barbara Larose, assisted by Ellen Green. We are in the Borden home in Fall River, Massachusetts, 10 years after Lizzie Borden’s acquittal of the brutal double murder ofContinue reading “A darkly funny & eerie look into the mind of Lizzie Borden in Blood Relations”

Toronto Fringe NSTF: An intense, startling & thought-provoking look at sexual violence in DINK

Theatre-a-go-go explores the themes of sexual violence, society’s response and the celebrity of the villain in Caroline Azar’s DINK, on at the Factory Theatre Mainspace for the Next Stage Theatre Festival. Inspired by the real-life case of former Canadian Forces Colonel Russell Williams, as well as incidents of missing/murdered women from marginalized communities/ethnicities, and theContinue reading “Toronto Fringe NSTF: An intense, startling & thought-provoking look at sexual violence in DINK”

An early holiday treat – Alexander Showcase Theatre’s A Christmas Carol

A wonderful evening of fun and festivity at the Papermill Theatre last night at Alexander Showcase Theatre’s (AST) opening night of their adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a special wine and dine gala that featured a very tasty and highly digestible pre-show Christmas dinner. Directed by Vincenzo Sestito, who adapted the script withContinue reading “An early holiday treat – Alexander Showcase Theatre’s A Christmas Carol”

Chaotically insightful and darkly funny ride in Alumnae Theatre’s Escape From Happiness

“Please don’t do anything you can’t live with later.” “I can live with a lot.” Alumnae Theatre Company opened its 2014-15 all-Canadian season with George F. Walker’s Escape From Happiness on Friday night and I dropped by the theatre for the Sunday matinée. Directed by Andrea Wasserman, Escape From Happiness is one of three playsContinue reading “Chaotically insightful and darkly funny ride in Alumnae Theatre’s Escape From Happiness”

Wit, wonder & wisdom in The Lady’s Not For Burning @ Alumnae Theatre

“Life, forbye, is the way We fatten for the Michaelmas of our own particular Gallows. What a wonderful thing is metaphor!” – Thomas Mendip in The Lady’s Not For Burning (from director’s program notes) Alumnae Theatre Company’s production of The Lady’s Not For Burning, directed by Jane Carnwath, brings the wit, wonder and wisdom ofContinue reading “Wit, wonder & wisdom in The Lady’s Not For Burning @ Alumnae Theatre”

The Crucible – a moving & haunting cautionary tale

crucible n.1 a container in which metals are heated 2 a severe test or trial (Oxford Canadian Dictionary) Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, a drama set during the Salem witch trials of the late 1600s – and a metaphor for the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s, when the play was written – is a period pieceContinue reading “The Crucible – a moving & haunting cautionary tale”

More Toronto Fringe plays on my list & the Shinsedai Cinema Festival is coming!

Okay – so much happening, so I’ll be brief. Toronto Fringe had its official opening late yesterday afternoon and by the time I got to the box office around 5 p.m., the place was buzzing with postering and post carding and a short line-up for tix. Props to the Fringe volunteers, especially those who wereContinue reading “More Toronto Fringe plays on my list & the Shinsedai Cinema Festival is coming!”