Twilight Zone meets Lord of the Flies in playful, disturbing and disorienting Half a League

Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred… – “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson Rarely Pure Theatre’s production of Half a League, by Scott Garland and directed by Alexander Offord, had its gala opening at Fraser Studios lastContinue reading “Twilight Zone meets Lord of the Flies in playful, disturbing and disorienting Half a League”

Fierce family tragicomedy – The Beauty Queen of Leenane @ Red Sandcastle Theatre

Took a trip to east end Toronto ‘hood Leslieville last night to see the opening of Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Red Sandcastle Theatre. Directed by Wes Berger, this Beauty Queen features an outstanding foursome of a cast: Rosemary Doyle, Lynne Griffin (who Lost Girl fans will recognize from season one ep.Continue reading “Fierce family tragicomedy – The Beauty Queen of Leenane @ Red Sandcastle Theatre”

Ribald, rustic taste of the wrath of love in Rarely Pure Theatre’s As You Like It

From the lobby of Storefront Theatre, you can hear the haunting, lyrical and hypnotic sounds of layered FX guitar music. Inside the theatre space, the minimalist set is woodsy, sparse, cold. Branches hang from the ceiling and short sticks of trees sprout from the floor, cradled in snow drifts at the base. Tree stumps, hayContinue reading “Ribald, rustic taste of the wrath of love in Rarely Pure Theatre’s As You Like It”

Do you know The Pillowman?

When I enter the intimate space of the Propeller Gallery, it is filled with a couple of rows of chairs facing a minimalist playing space (set designed by Tracy Lam, who also designed costumes and props). A table, a file cabinet, a couple of chairs. Three metal frame-encased light bulbs hang from the ceiling. StageContinue reading “Do you know The Pillowman?”

Upcoming awesomeness: music, poetry & theatre

Happy New Year, all! Here are a bunch of upcoming events/performances/productions to watch out for – and there’s a little somethin’ for everyone here: Tin Star Orphans open for The Strumbellas at The Dakota Tavern on Tues, Jan 8. The next edition of The Beautiful & the Damned poetry cabaret, hosted by Philip Cairns andContinue reading “Upcoming awesomeness: music, poetry & theatre”

A moving, lyrical & thoughtful remembrance – Until Our Paths Cross Again

The intimate performance space at Dancemakers has a shiny black stage floor – like glass, like dark water. Up centre is a large boulder, to its right an olive tree and down left is a medium-sized boulder, the blue glass stones at its base telling us that there is water there. This is the settingContinue reading “A moving, lyrical & thoughtful remembrance – Until Our Paths Cross Again”

We remember – Rarely Pure Theatre’s upcoming Until Our Paths Cross Again

Hey all – wanted to give a shout out to Rarely Pure Theatre’s upcoming production Until Our Paths Cross Again, a play inspired by the true story of Captain Nichola Goddard, the first female Canadian combat soldier to be killed in combat, running November 8 – 11 at 8 p.m. at Dancemakers (in the DistilleryContinue reading “We remember – Rarely Pure Theatre’s upcoming Until Our Paths Cross Again”

Two awesome upcoming fundraisers: Rarely Pure Theatre & PAWS (Little Creatures)

Two things I love a whole lot: theatre and our little furry friends. Well, guess what? Folks in the Toronto area can lend their support to both, with two upcoming fundraising events: Rarely Pure Theatre’s Dirty Bingo Night: Duke of York pub: Wed, Aug 29 from 8:30 – 11:00 p.m. $15  unlimited bingo with awesomeContinue reading “Two awesome upcoming fundraisers: Rarely Pure Theatre & PAWS (Little Creatures)”