The bittersweet rhythms of life in the wistful, nostalgic, entertaining Dancing at Lughnasa

Opening its 2018-19 season at Alumnae Theatre last night, the Toronto Irish Players take us to 1936 Donegal, and the rural home of the Mundy family as they struggle with life, love and changing times, in their wistful, nostalgic and entertaining production of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, directed by David Eden. A bittersweet memoryContinue reading “The bittersweet rhythms of life in the wistful, nostalgic, entertaining Dancing at Lughnasa”

Witch hunt meets climate change conspiracy in Village Playhouse’s haunting, dystopic Foxfinder

The time is the present. The world is not quite the same as the one in which you and I live.      Foxfinder program note The Village Playhouse opened its production of Dawn King’s Foxfinder last week, a Canadian premiere directed by Nicole Arends. A hard rainstorm threatens the Covey farm’s already compromised crop quota forContinue reading “Witch hunt meets climate change conspiracy in Village Playhouse’s haunting, dystopic Foxfinder”

Life, love & loss in a funny & touching family reunion – Marion Bridge @ Village Playhouse

Dropped by the Village Playhouse on Sunday afternoon to see the Village Players’ production of Daniel MacIvor’s Marion Bridge, directed by Greg Nowlan. Three sisters reunite at their Cape Breton family home to be with their dying divorced mother: Agnes, a struggling actress who’s been living in Toronto; Theresa, a nun whose order runs aContinue reading “Life, love & loss in a funny & touching family reunion – Marion Bridge @ Village Playhouse”

Sweet romcom reunion – Joan Burrow’s play Gloria’s Guy @ FireWorks

Got out to Alumnae Theatre last night to see Joan Burrow’s play Gloria’s Guy, one of the three plays running in rep as part of the FireWorks program up in the studio space. Directed by Anne Harper, Gloria’s Guy is a sweet romcom reunion of high school friends Peggy (Jennifer Monteith), Gloria (Anna Douglas), EvaContinue reading “Sweet romcom reunion – Joan Burrow’s play Gloria’s Guy @ FireWorks”