A legendary & mostly true screenwriting miracle in the hilarious Moonlight & Magnolias

Martin Buote, Rob Candy & Ryan Bannon. Mural by Elaine Freedman. Lighting design by Dustin Woods-Turner. Costumes by Lisha Mohan. Photo by Graeme Hay. The Village Players presents Moonlight and Magnolias, the mostly true story of how the final screenplay for Gone with the Wind was written—the 80th anniversary of the iconic film’s release isContinue reading “A legendary & mostly true screenwriting miracle in the hilarious Moonlight & Magnolias”

A delightfully witty stab at the upper class in Alumnae’s charming, entertaining The Importance of Being Earnest

Sean Jacklin & Nicholas Koy Santillo. Set design by Marysia Bucholc. Costume design by Margaret Spence, with associate Peter DeFreitas. Lighting design by Liam Stewart. Photo by Bruce Peters. The Alumnae Theatre Company goes Wilde with its charming, entertaining production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Barbara Larose, assisted by EllenContinue reading “A delightfully witty stab at the upper class in Alumnae’s charming, entertaining The Importance of Being Earnest”

Toronto Fringe: Family, sacrifice & hope in the timely, heart-wrenching Seeking Refuge: A Musical Tragedy

Trisha Talreja, Jennifer Walls & Liana Bdewi in Seeking Refuge: A Musical Tragedy—photo by Dahlia Katz Thick and Thin Theatre Productions presents Rick Jones’ timely and poignant musical Seeking Refuge: A Musical Tragedy. Directed by Barbara Larose, assisted by Ellen Green, with music direction/accompaniment by Robert Graham and stage management by Margot “Mom” Devlin, theContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Family, sacrifice & hope in the timely, heart-wrenching Seeking Refuge: A Musical Tragedy”

Facing death with dignity, humour & love in the thoughtful, sharply funny, moving A Better Place

LilyRose Productions opened Ramona Baillie’s A Better Place, directed by Barbara Larose, with assistant director Ellen Green, in the Factory Theatre Studio last night. Based on a true story, A Better Place takes us on the 14-month journey of a woman faced with a devastating medical diagnosis. Stella Russo (Kris Langille) is an active 55-year-oldContinue reading “Facing death with dignity, humour & love in the thoughtful, sharply funny, moving A Better Place”

Delightful comedy ensues as scandal & chaos erupt in a good English country home in Mr. Pim Passes By

Was out at the Village Playhouse last night to see the Village Players’ production of Mr. Pim Passes By, by A.A. Milne (yep, the one who wrote the Winnie the Pooh stories), directed by Barbara Larose, assisted by Ellen Green. In her director’s notes, Larose describes the play as “a comic charmer filled with innocenceContinue reading “Delightful comedy ensues as scandal & chaos erupt in a good English country home in Mr. Pim Passes By”

An erotic, moving & sharply funny piece of storytelling in Aromas

It was back to Alumnae Theatre last night, in the Studio this time for the world premiere of the Junes Company’s production of Aromas, written/directed by Andrew Faiz, and starring Andy Fraser. I saw this compelling one-person show when an earlier draft of the play was produced at Red Sandcastle Theatre in September 2014. AromasContinue reading “An erotic, moving & sharply funny piece of storytelling in Aromas”

A darkly funny & eerie look into the mind of Lizzie Borden in Blood Relations

So, first, a confession: I’d never read or seen Sharon Pollack’s Blood Relations. Not until last night, that is, at Alumnae Theatre Company’s opening night, directed by Barbara Larose, assisted by Ellen Green. We are in the Borden home in Fall River, Massachusetts, 10 years after Lizzie Borden’s acquittal of the brutal double murder ofContinue reading “A darkly funny & eerie look into the mind of Lizzie Borden in Blood Relations”

A heartbreaking, erotic & darkly funny journey of identity & intimacy in Aromas

“Sex is never just about sex, it’s about so much more.” The Junes Company* production of Aromas, written and directed by Andrew Faiz, and starring Andy Fraser, opened at Red Sandcastle Theatre last night. Shifting between time, space and – possibly – reality, Aromas is a one-woman show, featuring two main characters (ice dancer KatalinContinue reading “A heartbreaking, erotic & darkly funny journey of identity & intimacy in Aromas”

A world on a stage – scenic work on The Lady’s Not For Burning @ Alumnae Theatre

Hey all – As promised, here’s the slideshow extravaganza of the work for my recent scenic artist gig on Alumnae Theatre’s production of The Lady’s Not For Burning (designed by Ed Rosing). Shouts to: Building crew: Master carpenter Mike Peck, with additional construction by Cody Boyd, Paul Cotton, Gord Peck, Ed Rosing and Mike Vitorovitch.Continue reading “A world on a stage – scenic work on The Lady’s Not For Burning @ Alumnae Theatre”

Wit, wonder & wisdom in The Lady’s Not For Burning @ Alumnae Theatre

“Life, forbye, is the way We fatten for the Michaelmas of our own particular Gallows. What a wonderful thing is metaphor!” – Thomas Mendip in The Lady’s Not For Burning (from director’s program notes) Alumnae Theatre Company’s production of The Lady’s Not For Burning, directed by Jane Carnwath, brings the wit, wonder and wisdom ofContinue reading “Wit, wonder & wisdom in The Lady’s Not For Burning @ Alumnae Theatre”