Family, blood & sins of the father in the compelling, darkly funny Tough Jews

Maaor Ziv, Blue Bigwood-Mallin, Luis Fernandes, Theresa Tova, Anne van Leeuwen, G. Kyle Shields & Stephen Joffe in Tough Jews—photo by John Gundy Leave the gun. Take the kugel. Storefront Theatre is back, this time partnering with The Spadina Avenue Gang to mount the world premiere of Michael Ross Albert’s Tough Jews, directed by StorefrontContinue reading “Family, blood & sins of the father in the compelling, darkly funny Tough Jews”

Love, loss & the struggle to avoid getting beached in the poignant, funny Paradise Comics

Filament Incubator closes its #8playsin8months season with Caitie Graham’s Paradise Comics, directed by Darwin Lyons. Graham developed Paradise Comics at the Tarragon Theatre’s Young Playwrights Unit, where she now acts as Assistant Writing Instructor. I caught the opening last night at Kensington Hall (in Kensington Market at 56C Kensington Ave., Toronto). What’s eating 13-year-old BeansContinue reading “Love, loss & the struggle to avoid getting beached in the poignant, funny Paradise Comics”

Picasso & Einstein walk into a bar; art, science, women & philosophy ensue in hilarious, surreal Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Picasso and Einstein walk into a bar. This is the set-up for Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Seven Siblings Theatre’s current production, directed by Seven Siblings co-founder Erika Downie, which opened at Kensington Market bar venue Round last night. It was my first time at Round, a vintage-inspired cabaret-styled bar space andContinue reading “Picasso & Einstein walk into a bar; art, science, women & philosophy ensue in hilarious, surreal Picasso at the Lapin Agile”

Holiday Monday walkabout: Art on the Danforth & a new theatre discovered in Kensington Market

Hey all – first day back for the work week for those of us who had Victoria Day weekend off. Feeling like a Monday. Yesterday, I decided against seeing a movie and ventured out into yet another beautiful sunny day and took the subway to Danforth/Woodbine, where I proceeded to walk west towards Greenwood toContinue reading “Holiday Monday walkabout: Art on the Danforth & a new theatre discovered in Kensington Market”