Desperation, desire & cruelty in the ferocious, electric, heart-breaking A Streetcar Named Desire

Amy Rutherford and Mac Fyfe. Set design by Lorenzo Savoini. Costume design by Rachel Forbes. Lighting design by Kimberly Purtell. Photo by Dahlia Katz. Soulpepper sets the stage on fire with a slow burn of desperation, desire and cruelty in its ferocious, electric, heart-breaking production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by ADContinue reading “Desperation, desire & cruelty in the ferocious, electric, heart-breaking A Streetcar Named Desire”

Lost music dreams & turbulent family reunion in Rare Day Projects’ bittersweet, poignant, funny A Very Different Place

Clockwise, from top left: Jeanette Dagger, Rosemary Doyle & Alexzander McLarry. Photo by Deborah Ann Frankel.   You can’t go home again, but maybe you can meet where you are. Rare Day Projects presents Carol Libman’s drama about lost dreams and family reunion, A Very Different Place, directed by Robin Haggerty and opening last nightContinue reading “Lost music dreams & turbulent family reunion in Rare Day Projects’ bittersweet, poignant, funny A Very Different Place”

Whooping it up like it’s 1926 in the entertaining, intriguing Hogtown: The Immersive Experience

Mark Prince, Dan Willmott & Jerome Bourgault in Hogtown—photo by Sam Gaetz Photography Back by popular demand, The Hogtown Collective returns to Campbell House Museum for a new run of Hogtown: The Immersive Experience—written by Drew Carnwath and Sam Rosenthal, and directed by Rosenthal—with new stories and adventures as the audience finds new intrigue andContinue reading “Whooping it up like it’s 1926 in the entertaining, intriguing Hogtown: The Immersive Experience”

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”

The Hogtown Experience is the bee’s knees!

Better late to the party than never – I finally got out to see the Hogtown Experience at Campbell House Museum last night. And what a party it was! Written by Drew Carnwath and Sam Rosenthal, and directed by Rosenthal, assisted by Nicola Pantin, the Hogtown Experience is an immersive, site-specific theatrical event that putsContinue reading “The Hogtown Experience is the bee’s knees!”

An eclectic, trippy journey through sound on Robert Graham’s “Storm in a Teacup” CD

When I dropped by Red Sandcastle Theatre for the In Loo Of fundraiser a few weeks ago, owner/manager/AD Rosemary Doyle introduced me to Robert Graham, who was there to accompany singers on piano for the four-day open mic event. While chatting with Graham, I learned that he’s also a singer/songwriter – and I headed homeContinue reading “An eclectic, trippy journey through sound on Robert Graham’s “Storm in a Teacup” CD”

A magical evening of music & friends

One of my favourite things about receiving an invitation to an intimate gathering for a friend’s birthday – besides the celebration and being with friends – is the opportunity of going to a place I’ve never been. And the adventure of a new space and how anything can happen. My pal Kira Callahan organized suchContinue reading “A magical evening of music & friends”

More music & theatre this week: Shannon Butcher & Mr. Paradise

Hey again – had to give a shout out to some more upcoming music and theatre events, so here goes… Jazz tomorrow night (Thurs, May 3): Shannon Butcher (http://www.shannonbutcher.com/), Mark Kieswetter and Ross MacIntyre will be playing at The Cherry Street Restaurant (275 Cherry St., Toronto), from 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. There’s a $10Continue reading “More music & theatre this week: Shannon Butcher & Mr. Paradise”