Power, identity & politics: Women come out from behind the men in the potent, thoughtful Portia’s Julius Caesar

Nikki Duval & Christine Horne. Set & costume design by Rachel Forbes. Lighting design by Jareth Li. Photo by Dahlia Katz.   Shakespeare’s women continue to take centre stage this summer—this time, with Shakespeare in the Ruff’s production of AD Kaitlyn Riordan’s Portia’s Julius Caesar, a potent and thoughtful adaptation of Julius Caesar from theContinue reading “Power, identity & politics: Women come out from behind the men in the potent, thoughtful Portia’s Julius Caesar”

Lust, corruption & the pursuit of justice in Shakespeare BASH’d sharply funny, timely Measure for Measure

Sochi Fried & Geoffrey Armour. Scenic design by Caitlin Doherty. Photo by Kyle Purcell.   Shakespeare BASH’d returns to a Toronto pub to present one of the less produced plays of the canon: Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, directed by Catherine Rainville and opening last night at Junction City Music Hall. Given the current #MeToo climate,Continue reading “Lust, corruption & the pursuit of justice in Shakespeare BASH’d sharply funny, timely Measure for Measure”

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”

SummerWorks: Powerful, moving & darkly funny apocalyptic musical And Now, The End

A musical about an impending apocalypse by asteroid? Count me in! Ante Up Productions’ And Now, The End at SummerWorks – by writing team Victoria Hauser, Emily Nixon, Drew O’Hara, Zach Parkhurst and Jake Vanderham, with music, lyrics and music direction by Vanderham, and direction by Esther Jun – is just the thing. Roxton, a smallContinue reading “SummerWorks: Powerful, moving & darkly funny apocalyptic musical And Now, The End”

Toronto Fringe: Sharp-witted, informative & moving story of the fight for the lumpectomy in Radical

So what if I told you that, up until the 70s, radical mastectomy was the go-to procedure for Stage One breast cancer (e.g., a pea-sized tumor)? You’d likely be a bit shocked, puzzled and possibly enraged. Right? I know I was. Playwright/oncologist Charles Hayter’s play Radical – developed and presented as a reading at AlumnaeContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Sharp-witted, informative & moving story of the fight for the lumpectomy in Radical”