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”

The Devil went down to Old Montreal in the foot stompin’, magical Chasse-Galerie

Soulpepper opened the Kabin/Storefront Theatre production of Chasse-Galerie to a delighted full house at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto’s Distillery District last night. With book adapted by director Tyrone Savage, assisted by Janet Laine-Green; music and lyrics by musical director James Smith; and choreography by Ashleigh Powell, Chasse-Galerie is a bigContinue reading “The Devil went down to Old Montreal in the foot stompin’, magical Chasse-Galerie”

Sympathy for the devil & debate on the nature of humanity in darkly comic, thoughtful Dead End

Theatre Lab opened its production of Jonny Sun’s Dead End, directed by Michael Orlando, on Thursday night in the Factory Theatre Studio, where I caught it last night, along with a post-show talkback with Sun and Orlando. Set in an isolated and claustrophobic fourth floor corridor of an abandoned high school during the zombie apocalypse,Continue reading “Sympathy for the devil & debate on the nature of humanity in darkly comic, thoughtful Dead End”

Powerful, deeply moving & bold investigation into the origins & echoes of the Black diaspora in Esu Crossing the Middle Passage

How do I describe what I witnessed at the matinee of The Watah Theatre’s production of d’bi.young anitafrika’s Esu Crossing the Middle Passage at Storefront Theatre yesterday? Written and performed by d’bi.young anitafrika, assistant directed by Charmaine Headley and choreographed by BaKari I. Lindsay, with music direction by tuku, and live vocals/music by tuku andContinue reading “Powerful, deeply moving & bold investigation into the origins & echoes of the Black diaspora in Esu Crossing the Middle Passage”

Otherworldly, funny, poetic rock & roll fairytale – Trout Stanley

Last night, it was out to the Storefront Theatre for Severely Jazzed Productions’ Trout Stanley, written by Claudia Dey, directed by Daniel Pagett. With the help of the Storyteller (Dan Jeannotte), we learn that Ducharme twins Grace (Tess Degenstein) and Sugar (Hannah Spear) were orphaned as young adults and live an isolated life on theContinue reading “Otherworldly, funny, poetic rock & roll fairytale – Trout Stanley”

Fiercely sexy, ruthlessly funny, real & raw – Theatre Brouhaha’s Delicacy

I had the great pleasure of seeing Theatre Brouhaha’s production of Kat Sandler’s Delicacy for the second time during its SummerWorks run at Lower Ossington Theatre last night. I’d first seen it during at Factory Theatre Studio back in the Fall and loved its sharp-edged, quick-witted, socially apt story and characters – played out byContinue reading “Fiercely sexy, ruthlessly funny, real & raw – Theatre Brouhaha’s Delicacy”