Lust, corruption & the pursuit of justice in Shakespeare BASH’d sharply funny, timely Measure for Measure

Sochi Fried & Geoffrey Armour. Scenic design by Caitlin Doherty. Photo by Kyle Purcell.   Shakespeare BASH’d returns to a Toronto pub to present one of the less produced plays of the canon: Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, directed by Catherine Rainville and opening last night at Junction City Music Hall. Given the current #MeToo climate,Continue reading “Lust, corruption & the pursuit of justice in Shakespeare BASH’d sharply funny, timely Measure for Measure”

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Foul treachery, sweet slithering manipulation in Shakespeare Bash’d compelling, accessible Richard III

James Wallis in Richard III. Photo by Kyle Purcell.   Shakespeare Bash’d opened its 2018 season to a sold-out house at the Monarch Tavern last night with a classic tale of murderous machinations and royal double-crosses with its production of Shakespeare’s Richard III, directed by Julia Nish-Lapidus with associate director Megan Miles. For those not familiar withContinue reading “Foul treachery, sweet slithering manipulation in Shakespeare Bash’d compelling, accessible Richard III”

Fond, foolish love & trickster shenanigans in the roaringly entertaining Twelfth Night

Shakespeare BASH’d continues its 2016-17 season with a ripping version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; directed by James Wallis with associate director Drew O’Hara, and opening to a sold out house at the Monarch Tavern last night. Set in the 1920s, and inspired by the music, speak easy atmosphere and carpe diem abandon of that decade,Continue reading “Fond, foolish love & trickster shenanigans in the roaringly entertaining Twelfth Night”

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”

Boys to men in raw, darkly funny & thoughtful look at losing, friendship & fundraising in Rowing

Went to a new, alternative rehearsal/performance venue last night to see the opening of Then They Fight’s production of Aaron Jan’s Rowing (directed by Jan) last night at The Fort Studios (1425 Yonge St.). Despondent, enraged, frustrated and humiliated over a loss, the four young men of the Westdale rowing team sit in their sharedContinue reading “Boys to men in raw, darkly funny & thoughtful look at losing, friendship & fundraising in Rowing”

SummerWorks: Powerful, moving & darkly funny apocalyptic musical And Now, The End

A musical about an impending apocalypse by asteroid? Count me in! Ante Up Productions’ And Now, The End at SummerWorks – by writing team Victoria Hauser, Emily Nixon, Drew O’Hara, Zach Parkhurst and Jake Vanderham, with music, lyrics and music direction by Vanderham, and direction by Esther Jun – is just the thing. Roxton, a smallContinue reading “SummerWorks: Powerful, moving & darkly funny apocalyptic musical And Now, The End”