Top 10 Theatre 2019

It’s that time of the year again. Here are my top 10 theatre productions for 2019, in alphabetical order (based on Toronto productions I reviewed this calendar year): Athabasca. Convergence Theatre Between Riverside and Crazy. Coal Mine Theatre The Black Drum. Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf and Deaf Cultural Centre The Flick. Outside theContinue reading “Top 10 Theatre 2019”

The Real Housewives meets Molière in GBTS’s hilariously delightful The Learned Ladies

Ensemble. Set & costume design by Brandon Kleiman. Lighting design by Siobhan Sleath. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann. The George Brown Theatre School (GBTS) graduating class opened its 2019-20 season at the Young Centre this week with a hilariously delightful take on Molière’s The Learned Ladies, translated by Richard Wilbur, directed by Sue Miner andContinue reading “The Real Housewives meets Molière in GBTS’s hilariously delightful The Learned Ladies”

Giving a voice to the brave, resourceful women of The Odyssey in the engaging, theatrical The Penelopiad

The ensemble in The Penelopiad—photo courtesy of George Brown College The George Brown Theatre School class of 2017 closes its 2016-17 season with Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad (directed by Sue Minor) and David Ives’ new version of Georges Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear (directed by Todd Hammond and Jordan Pettle) in the Michael YoungContinue reading “Giving a voice to the brave, resourceful women of The Odyssey in the engaging, theatrical The Penelopiad”

Betrayal & ruin to forgiveness & reunion, with witty, rollicking good times in As You Like It

Photo by Daniela Mason: George Brown Theatre School class of 2017 The George Brown Theatre School class of 2017 takes us back to a time of rum-running gangsters in their production of As You Like It (directed by Geoffrey Pounsett), currently running in rep with A Midsummer Night’s Dream (directed by alum Aaron Willis) inContinue reading “Betrayal & ruin to forgiveness & reunion, with witty, rollicking good times in As You Like It”

A trip through time with family, country & loss of innocence in the charming, poignant Cavalcade

George Brown Theatre opened its 2016-17 season last night at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts (located in Toronto’s Distillery District) with Nöel Coward’s Cavalcade, directed by A.D. James Simon, with musical direction by J. Rigzin Tute and choreography by Robert McCollum. Cavalcade follows the lives of two intertwined families, the Marryots and theirContinue reading “A trip through time with family, country & loss of innocence in the charming, poignant Cavalcade”

Some theatre shouts – ongoing & upcoming shows

Hey all – lots of theatre happening in Toronto right now. Here is a selection of some school, community and indie productions on right now or coming soon: George Brown Theatre School’s production of Saturday Sunday Monday (by Eduardo De Filipo with English adaptation by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall, directed by James Simon) continuesContinue reading “Some theatre shouts – ongoing & upcoming shows”

Fire & ice in George Brown Theatre’s Orpheus Descending

Was back at the Young Centre last night, this time to see the George Brown Theatre graduating class’s  production of Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending, directed by Todd Hammond. From the outset, Jackie Chau’s set and Michelle Ramsay’s lighting conjure up a cold, dark, desperate world – the wooden columns of the family-owned general store areContinue reading “Fire & ice in George Brown Theatre’s Orpheus Descending”

Of willows & not so little women

Hey all – apologies for the tardiness of this post. I’ve hardly been home this weekend and was having some technical difficulties with the laptop this morning (it’s been crashing – a lot). Anyway, theatre adventures this weekend… Friday was opening night of Joan Burrow’s play Willow Quartet at the Papermill Theatre at Todmorden Mills.Continue reading “Of willows & not so little women”

This weekend, it’s willows, women & song

Hey all – So I stopped by the CBC Atrium for The Moose Show on the way home from work last night and dropped by photographer Pamela Williams’ booth for a chat. I also visited Liz Kain, who – in addition to creating some amazing jewelery – is the cousin of a former co-worker. IContinue reading “This weekend, it’s willows, women & song”

George Brown Theatre School’s Little Women rocks

Okay, so I haven’t seen this yet myself (I’ll be going on their closing day for the matinée this Saturday) – but I saw these actors perform when I dropped by the Young Centre for their period study last year, and I can say that this is most definitely a class to watch. And I’ll admit some smallContinue reading “George Brown Theatre School’s Little Women rocks”