FireWorks: Lumpectomy champion Dr. Vera Peters puts ‘Do No Harm’ to the test in Radical

The final production of Alumnae Theatre’s annual FireWorks program opened last night: Charles Hayter’s Radical, directed by Neil Affleck, with associate director Ingryd Pleitez. I saw an earlier version of Radical at the 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival – and loved it – so I was very excited to see it again in its current iteration.Continue reading “FireWorks: Lumpectomy champion Dr. Vera Peters puts ‘Do No Harm’ to the test in Radical”

FireWorks: Divine Wrecks a heartbreaking & powerful tale of forbidden love – erotic, wickedly funny & engaging

A high school hockey god falls in love with the wrong girl: his teacher, who falls right back at him. And there’s nothing more heartbreaking than a wrong love that feels so right. Alumnae Theatre opened its third annual FireWorks series to a packed house in the Studio last night, the three-show program launching withContinue reading “FireWorks: Divine Wrecks a heartbreaking & powerful tale of forbidden love – erotic, wickedly funny & engaging”

Toronto Fringe: Sharp-witted, informative & moving story of the fight for the lumpectomy in Radical

So what if I told you that, up until the 70s, radical mastectomy was the go-to procedure for Stage One breast cancer (e.g., a pea-sized tumor)? You’d likely be a bit shocked, puzzled and possibly enraged. Right? I know I was. Playwright/oncologist Charles Hayter’s play Radical – developed and presented as a reading at AlumnaeContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Sharp-witted, informative & moving story of the fight for the lumpectomy in Radical”

Lost youth, family secrets, modern-day parable & silence speaking volumes in New Ideas Week Two program

Back at Alumnae Theatre for the Week Two program of the New Ideas Festival last night – and this is a very strong program, featuring four excellent – and very different – plays. The Living Library, by Linda McCready and directed by Stacy Halloran is a delightfully funny two-hander about a young woman who comesContinue reading “Lost youth, family secrets, modern-day parable & silence speaking volumes in New Ideas Week Two program”