Remembering Nonnie Griffin

Photo from Bluffs Monitor.   Nonnie Griffin and I became mutual fans, from opposite sides of the stage, while working on two different productions at Alumnae Theatre in 2008: she as the formidable Irish matriarch in Lucy Brennan’s Daughter of the House and I as the compassionate, no-nonsense oncology nurse in Margaret Edson’s Wit. IContinue reading “Remembering Nonnie Griffin”

Sharply funny, moving, candid looks at LGBTQ lives in 7th annual Gay Play Day

Gay Play Day—an annual festival of short, new plays written by LGBTQ playwrights and their allies—returns to the Alumnae Theatre Studio for two days only. This is the 7th year of the fest for founding AD Darren Stewart-Jones and the GPD team, which this year includes technical director Johnny Salib and Henry Keeler on frontContinue reading “Sharply funny, moving, candid looks at LGBTQ lives in 7th annual Gay Play Day”

Hamilton Fringe preview (ish): Sinners & saints in Sister Annunciata’s Secret

During Toronto Fringe this past week, I bumped into Nonnie Griffin at the Tarragon, where I learned that she’s taking her solo show Sister Annunciata’s Secret (which premiered almost six years ago at The Annex Theatre) to Hamilton Fringe for a run at the Staircase Café Theatre Main Space. The Hamilton Fringe show is producedContinue reading “Hamilton Fringe preview (ish): Sinners & saints in Sister Annunciata’s Secret”

Marilyn Monroe in the first person: Nonnie Griffin’s remarkable Marilyn – After

Frank Sinatra music plays over the speakers. A single pale blue velvet upholstered chair sits centre stage, accompanied by a side table with a goblet of water. A man in a suit and bow tie (David Roche, also assistant to the producer) walks to the bottom of the staircase. And then she appears at theContinue reading “Marilyn Monroe in the first person: Nonnie Griffin’s remarkable Marilyn – After”