Real-life ghost stories come out of the dark in the compelling, entertaining, thoughtful The Ghost Project

Karie Richards. Photo by Tanja-Tiziana.   Playwright/performer/producer Karie Richards opened the Toronto premiere of her documentary solo show The Ghost Project to a sold-out house in the BMO Incubator at The Theatre Centre last night. Originally directed by Jeff Culbert, The Ghost Project was a hit at the Fringe circuit, premiering at the Halifax FringeContinue reading “Real-life ghost stories come out of the dark in the compelling, entertaining, thoughtful The Ghost Project”

A brush with celebrity in the electric, tantalizing, surprising Intangible Adorations: Experience the Icon

Ensemble with the October 15 guest Icon. Lighting design and effects by Carl Elster.    Haus of Dada, Workman Arts, KC Cooper and Meek present Lisa Anita Wegner and Scott White’s electric, tantalizing and surprising Intangible Adorations: Experience the Icon as part of Workman Arts’ annual Rendezvous with Madness Festival, running in the Workman ArtsContinue reading “A brush with celebrity in the electric, tantalizing, surprising Intangible Adorations: Experience the Icon”

SummerWorks: The painful truth on the road to reconciliation in beautiful & compelling The Living

How can we move on if we can’t accept the impossible? Brown paper, like fallen leaves, strewn across the floor – a struggling landscape. Two shrouded bodies, still, unbreathing – the dead. This is the sight on the playing area as you enter the Theatre Centre Incubator space – the stage set for the premiereContinue reading “SummerWorks: The painful truth on the road to reconciliation in beautiful & compelling The Living”

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”

Beautiful, brave & touching family storytelling in Stories We Tell

I was very happy to finally get to see Sarah Polley’s film Stories We Tell at the Varsity yesterday afternoon. And, like the real-life storytelling in the film, there will be different variations from those who attended the same screening as to what they saw and what they took away from seeing the film. Here’sContinue reading “Beautiful, brave & touching family storytelling in Stories We Tell”

TIFF 2012

Can’t forget the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which opens on September 6 and runs until September 16. I seldom get out to this, since I’m usually pretty booked up in September – especially with theatre-related stuff – and often I’m working on a show (which I am, but not till a bit later thisContinue reading “TIFF 2012”

Visceral beauty & spectacle @ Shinsedai Cinema Festival

Took a break from Toronto Fringe yesterday afternoon to stop by the Revue Cinema to see the Shinsedai Cinema Festival screening of The Naked Summer, directed by Kenji Okabe, with cinematography by Yutaka Yamazaki. First up was film short Tsuki-Yomi, directed by Team Gatera, a 16mm visual feast of nature and transformation, both beautiful andContinue reading “Visceral beauty & spectacle @ Shinsedai Cinema Festival”