Fear, loathing & melancholy at an office party in the razor-sharp, edgy, timely Casimir and Caroline

Hallie Seline, Cameron Laurie & Alexander Crowther. Set & costume design by Ken MacKenzie. Lighting design by Jareth Li. Photo by Dahlia Katz. The Howland Company presents the North American premiere of their adaptation of Ödön von Horváth’s Casimir and Caroline, based on the original translation by Holger Syme, and adapted by Paolo Santalucia, HolgerContinue reading “Fear, loathing & melancholy at an office party in the razor-sharp, edgy, timely Casimir and Caroline”

The kids aren’t alright in the Howland Company’s raw, intense, disturbing Punk Rock

Tim Dowler-Coltman. Set and costume design by Nancy Anne Perrin. Lighting design by Jareth Li. Photo by Neil Silcox. The Howland Company gets raw and apocalyptic with the Toronto premiere of Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock, directed by Gregory Prest assisted by Brittany Kay; opening last night in the Scotiabank Community Studio at Streetcar Crowsnest. SetContinue reading “The kids aren’t alright in the Howland Company’s raw, intense, disturbing Punk Rock”

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”

Magic, heart, comedy & truth in and out of love (again) in 52 Pick-up remount

Tell me a story. Real or made-up? Both. Happy or sad? Both. These are the opening lines of TJ Dawe and Rita Bozi’s 52 Pick-up – produced by the Howland Company, and directed by Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster and Paolo Santalucia – setting the stage for a random, non-linear piece of two-handed storytelling about the beginning,Continue reading “Magic, heart, comedy & truth in and out of love (again) in 52 Pick-up remount”

Toronto Fringe: Sharp-witted lovelorn shenanigans in Shakespeare Bash’d production of Love’s Labour’s Lost

Shakespeare Bash’d does it again at Toronto Fringe with its Victory Café location production of Love’s Labour’s Lost, directed by James Wallis. The young King of Navarre and his three friends swear an oath of devotion to their studies, eschewing all forms of pleasure and recreation, including women. Enter the visiting Princess of France andContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Sharp-witted lovelorn shenanigans in Shakespeare Bash’d production of Love’s Labour’s Lost”

Toronto Fringe: A complex relationship plays out randomly in Howland Company’s brilliant 52 Pick-up

The Howland Company’s production of TJ Dawe and Rita Bozi’s 52 Pick-up, directed by Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster and Paolo Santalucia, is a truly unique, moving and entertaining theatrical experience that audiences are loving at this year’s Toronto Fringe. Part sharply written theatre and part improv, 52 Pick-up tells the story of one relationship, played outContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: A complex relationship plays out randomly in Howland Company’s brilliant 52 Pick-up”