The good, the bad & the ugly of modern motherhood in the hilarious, heart-wrenching Secret Life of a Mother

Maev Beaty. Scenic design by Camellia Koo. Costume design by Erika Connor. Lighting design by Leigh Ann Vardy, with Kaileigh Krysztofiak. Photo by Kyle Purcell.   The collective theatrical baby of four female theatre artists—written by Hannah Moscovitch, with Maev Beaty and Ann-Marie Kerr, and co-created with Marinda de Beer—Secret Life of a Mother, directedContinue reading “The good, the bad & the ugly of modern motherhood in the hilarious, heart-wrenching Secret Life of a Mother”

Toronto Fringe: Navigating marital challenges in the hilarious, brutally honest Settle This Thing

Tamara Bick & Drew Antzis.   Marriage is hard work, with dozens of infuriating, mind-numbing decisions and situations to navigate every single day. For the duration of the Toronto Fringe fest, bick/antzis are here to help as they present Settle This Thing; created and performed by real-life married couple Tamara Bick and Drew Antzis, and on nowContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Navigating marital challenges in the hilarious, brutally honest Settle This Thing”

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”

Funny as hell & sh*t gets real in the socially sharp, outrageously funny Late Night

Moses Znaimer and Kat Sandler have teamed up for Zoomer LIVE Theatre’s inaugural production, the debut of Sandler’s Late Night (winner of Toronto Fringe 24-hour playwriting contest), currently running in ZoomerHall – a new space that will serve as a launch pad for intimate, multi-media indie productions. Located in a Liberty Village complex that’s alsoContinue reading “Funny as hell & sh*t gets real in the socially sharp, outrageously funny Late Night”

Preview: June Cleaver goes to hell in hilariously dark, satirical & surreal Hot Kitchen/SECOND SHIFT

Filament Incubator presents Raw Matter’s production of Hot Kitchen/SECOND SHIFT, written, directed, designed and performed by the Raw Matter ensemble, incorporating the writing of Sylvia Plath, Silvia Federici and Jean Genet. Opening tonight, I caught the preview at Kensington Hall (56A Kensington Ave., Toronto) last night. When you arrive in the space, you’re immediately awareContinue reading “Preview: June Cleaver goes to hell in hilariously dark, satirical & surreal Hot Kitchen/SECOND SHIFT”

SummerWorks: Big satirical fun with corporate branding & conspiracy in Tough Guy Mountain: a play

When I go to the Factory Theatre courtyard box office to pick up a program for the SummerWorks production of Tough Guy Mountain: a play, I’m directed to a stack of pink and white tri-fold brochures. Designed as an Intern Initiation Manual, the document includes illustrations of all of Tough Guy Mountain’s (aka TGM) keyContinue reading “SummerWorks: Big satirical fun with corporate branding & conspiracy in Tough Guy Mountain: a play”

Magical connections & remarkable storytelling in Sara Farb’s R-E-B-E-C-C-A

B is for “balloon,” “birthday,” “basketball,” “band-aid.” And also “bitch.” It’s also the third letter in “Rebecca,” the shared name of the two characters in playwright/performer Sara Farb’s one-woman play R-E-B-E-C-C-A, directed by Richard Greenblatt, which opened at the Theatre Passe Muraille backspace last night. The two Rebeccas are based on Farb’s younger sister Rebecca:Continue reading “Magical connections & remarkable storytelling in Sara Farb’s R-E-B-E-C-C-A”

SummerWorks: Captivating living collage of memory & restoration in Blindsided

Was back at the Scotiabank Studio Theatre at the Pia Bouman for more SummerWorks adventures last night, for a couple of things – but first, I’d like to talk about Fée Fatale’s production of Sabrina Reeves’ Blindsided, directed by Matt Holland, with film editing by Paolo Santos and video installation by Jacques Poulin-Denis. Blindsided is a multi-mediaContinue reading “SummerWorks: Captivating living collage of memory & restoration in Blindsided”

Transformation, inspiration & glam rock in Lisa Anita Wegner’s STARDUST: Life on Jupiter? opening night

I dropped by The Black Cat Gallery (2186 Dundas Street West) last night for the Transformation at Lisa Anita Wegner’s opening of STARDUST: Life on Jupiter?, on until August 6 (no worries about what it says on the poster – I confirmed the date with Wegner). Described as a Transformation/ Projection/Live Art Making/Live Collaboration project,Continue reading “Transformation, inspiration & glam rock in Lisa Anita Wegner’s STARDUST: Life on Jupiter? opening night”

SummerWorks is coming!

Hey theatre fans! Toronto Fringe may be over, but there’s more provocative, exciting theatre to come. SummerWorks 2014 opens a week from today! A juried festival, featuring theatre, dance, music and art works – often multi-media and multi-disciplinary in nature – SummerWorks is always an exciting arts/culture trip. SummerWorks runs August 7 – 17; youContinue reading “SummerWorks is coming!”