StageWorks Toronto’s Cabaret: Sexy, powerful and boldly staged with a sharp ensemble

Berlin in the early 1930s: a city teaming with life, creativity and possibility. The Kit Kat Klub: a seedy palace of edgy, playful and raunchy entertainment. And a political storm is brewing that will change everything. StageWorks Toronto opened its fifth musical, Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret (book by Joe Masteroff, based on the play byContinue reading “StageWorks Toronto’s Cabaret: Sexy, powerful and boldly staged with a sharp ensemble”

Some sympathy for the devils in StageWorks Toronto’s Assassins

“Attention must be paid!” This line from The Death of a Salesman is used as a major talking point by John Wilkes Booth in Assassins. Not able to achieve recognition by regular means, there are some people who will go to extreme measures to be noticed, undertaking the death of another. StageWorks Toronto’s production ofContinue reading “Some sympathy for the devils in StageWorks Toronto’s Assassins”

Toronto Fringe: Punch drunk with laughter in Theatre Brouhaha’s Punch Up

Kat Sandler and Theatre Brouhaha bring it again big time with the dark comedy Punch Up, written and directed by Sandler, playing now at the George Ignatieff Theatre as part of this year’s Toronto Fringe. Stand-up comic/comedy writer Pat’s (Colin Munch) life is in the toilet, his wife/comedy team partner has left him and isContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Punch drunk with laughter in Theatre Brouhaha’s Punch Up”

A funny & moving journey that entertains & inspires – Alison Wearing’s Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter

Playwright/actor/author Alison Wearing’s one-woman show Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad, expanded and published as a full-length book last year, is currently running at U of T’s George Ignatieff Theatre as part of World Pride 2014 Toronto. And I was so happy to be able to catch it last night!Continue reading “A funny & moving journey that entertains & inspires – Alison Wearing’s Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter”

World Pride 2014 Toronto event teaser: Alison Wearing’s Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter

Playwright/actor/author Alison Wearing adapted her memoir Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad into the award-winning one-woman show Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter, which will be featured during World Pride 2014 Toronto at U of T’s George Ignatieff Theatre (June 25-28). Written as a comic monologue, Wearing takes us along onContinue reading “World Pride 2014 Toronto event teaser: Alison Wearing’s Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter”

A moving, infuriating inspiration – StageWorks Toronto’s Parade

I saw Parade for the very first time when I went to see StageWorks Toronto’s production last night at the George Ignatieff Theatre. With music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, and book by Alfred Uhry, StageWorks’ production of Parade was directed/choreographed by Lorraine Green-Kimsa, assisted by Michael Yaneff, with music direction by Tom Kerr.Continue reading “A moving, infuriating inspiration – StageWorks Toronto’s Parade”

Upcoming theatre, music, poetry & cabaret happenings this week

Hey kids! For all y’all who are coming back to your regularly scheduled programming after the long weekend: hope you had a good one. Can you believe we’re well into the first week of August already? Holy moly! Lots coming up, my friends. Here is just a sample of what local artists and performers areContinue reading “Upcoming theatre, music, poetry & cabaret happenings this week”

Toronto Fringe Festival – I’d also highly recommend…

Here are a few other Fringe shows I’ve seen and would recommend: Radio:30 – I missed the original run of this show (1999) and was so glad to catch it this time around, thanks to the suggestion from Alumnae Theatre pal Brenda Somers as we met up over brunch last Friday. Chris Earle may beContinue reading “Toronto Fringe Festival – I’d also highly recommend…”