Taming the Shrew like it’s 1989 in sharply witty, playfully bawdy, LGBTQ+ Bard’s Bus Tour

Driftwood Theatre Group launched its annual Bard’s Bus Tour earlier this month, this time with a 1980s Toronto Pride take on William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Driftwood Artistic Director D. Jeremy Smith and running this week at Toronto’s Withrow Park. A challenging play to produce for modern-day audiences, given its dynamicContinue reading “Taming the Shrew like it’s 1989 in sharply witty, playfully bawdy, LGBTQ+ Bard’s Bus Tour”

Insight & delight in a satirical battle of the sexes in highly entertaining You Never Can Tell

I don’t often make the trip out to Fairview Library Theatre, but for Stage Centre Productions, I was willing to make an exception, to see their production of George Bernard Shaw’s You Never Can Tell, directed by Scott Griffin, which opened to an enthusiastic audience last night. Inspired by commedia dell’arte and with the hallmarkContinue reading “Insight & delight in a satirical battle of the sexes in highly entertaining You Never Can Tell”

An entertaining, poignant love letter to roots, family & father in Paolozzapedia

    Why Not Theatre’s 2015 edition of the RISER Project continued the final leg of its programming last night at the Theatre Centre with the opening performances of Mahmoud (which I saw on Wed. night – see the post here) and Paolozzapedia. Written and performed by Adam Paolozza, who co-directed with Daniele Bartolini, andContinue reading “An entertaining, poignant love letter to roots, family & father in Paolozzapedia”

The haunting beauty of porcelain – Clare Twomey’s Piece by Piece @ Gardiner Museum

3 original figurines 6 makers 2,000 replica statuettes Artist Clare Twomey’s remarkable, interactive exhibit Piece by Piece is on now at the Gardiner Museum. Inspired by the museum’s commedia dell’arte collection, Twomey and five other makers created molds of three figurines (Leda, Harlequin and Scaramouche) and produced 2,000 statuettes. The three originals stand in raisedContinue reading “The haunting beauty of porcelain – Clare Twomey’s Piece by Piece @ Gardiner Museum”