Revolution, reversal, revulsion: Soulpepper’s disturbingly hilarious, brutally satirical, timely Animal Farm

Rick Roberts, Sarah Wilson & Miriam Fernandes. Set and costume design by Ken MacKenzie. Lighting design by André du Toit. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann. Soulpepper brings George Orwell’s chilling and bizarre cautionary tale of revolution, politics and corporate greed to life with its world premiere of Anthony MacMahon’s stage adaptation of Animal Farm, directedContinue reading “Revolution, reversal, revulsion: Soulpepper’s disturbingly hilarious, brutally satirical, timely Animal Farm”

Sacrifices, stories & souls in Soulpepper’s startling, lyrical, theatrical Idomeneus

Michelle Monteith, Stuart Hughes and Jakob Ehman. Set, video and lighting design by Lorenzo Savoini. Costume design by Gillian Gallow. Photo by Cylla von Tiedeman. Soulpepper Theatre takes us on a turbulent, soul-wrenching homecoming journey in its production of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s Idomeneus, translated by David Tushingham, and directed by Alan Dilworth with assistance from GregoryContinue reading “Sacrifices, stories & souls in Soulpepper’s startling, lyrical, theatrical Idomeneus”

Big surprise romantic gestures, coming together & falling apart in the endearing, fragile, funny I’m Doing This For You

Haley McGee in I’m Doing This For You—photo by Matthew Peberdy She’s gone to great lengths to set up a surprise birthday party for the man she loves, an aspiring standup comic. We’re all invited to the festivities—and we’re going to be his audience. Soulpepper closes its Solo Series with Haley McGee’s I’m Doing ThisContinue reading “Big surprise romantic gestures, coming together & falling apart in the endearing, fragile, funny I’m Doing This For You”

Shades of red & blue in the tapestry of interwoven lives in the beautiful, theatrical Of Human Bondage

Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann: Gregory Prest & Michelle Monteith in Of Human Bondage   It’s all in how a man carries himself. Soulpepper opened its remount of Vern Thiessen’s stage adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage at the Young Centre on Thursday. Directed by Soulpepper A.D. Albert Schultz, this is Soulpepper’s thirdContinue reading “Shades of red & blue in the tapestry of interwoven lives in the beautiful, theatrical Of Human Bondage”

Relevant, urgent, hopeful—the powerful, resonant evolution of Bleeders in Lukumi

There is a buzz of excitement and anticipation, a festive feeling. Those of us among the audience who arrived early had been listening in on a final rehearsal, taking in the lush harmonies and powerful lyrics as we waited in the hallway. And when we enter the space, we are welcomed, offered something to drink.Continue reading “Relevant, urgent, hopeful—the powerful, resonant evolution of Bleeders in Lukumi”

The Devil went down to Old Montreal in the foot stompin’, magical Chasse-Galerie

Soulpepper opened the Kabin/Storefront Theatre production of Chasse-Galerie to a delighted full house at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto’s Distillery District last night. With book adapted by director Tyrone Savage, assisted by Janet Laine-Green; music and lyrics by musical director James Smith; and choreography by Ashleigh Powell, Chasse-Galerie is a bigContinue reading “The Devil went down to Old Montreal in the foot stompin’, magical Chasse-Galerie”

A moving, lyrical & thoughtful remembrance – Until Our Paths Cross Again

The intimate performance space at Dancemakers has a shiny black stage floor – like glass, like dark water. Up centre is a large boulder, to its right an olive tree and down left is a medium-sized boulder, the blue glass stones at its base telling us that there is water there. This is the settingContinue reading “A moving, lyrical & thoughtful remembrance – Until Our Paths Cross Again”

We remember – Rarely Pure Theatre’s upcoming Until Our Paths Cross Again

Hey all – wanted to give a shout out to Rarely Pure Theatre’s upcoming production Until Our Paths Cross Again, a play inspired by the true story of Captain Nichola Goddard, the first female Canadian combat soldier to be killed in combat, running November 8 – 11 at 8 p.m. at Dancemakers (in the DistilleryContinue reading “We remember – Rarely Pure Theatre’s upcoming Until Our Paths Cross Again”