The bittersweet rhythms of life in the wistful, nostalgic, entertaining Dancing at Lughnasa

Opening its 2018-19 season at Alumnae Theatre last night, the Toronto Irish Players take us to 1936 Donegal, and the rural home of the Mundy family as they struggle with life, love and changing times, in their wistful, nostalgic and entertaining production of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, directed by David Eden. A bittersweet memoryContinue reading “The bittersweet rhythms of life in the wistful, nostalgic, entertaining Dancing at Lughnasa”

Three generations of women navigate life, love & those feelings “down there” in TIP’s hilarious, poignant, intimate Little Gem

Top to bottom: Rebecca De La Cour, Barbara Taylor & Billie Jean Shannon. Photo by Sean Walsh. The Toronto Irish Players (TIP) opened their production of Elaine Murphy’s Little Gem, directed by Cliona Kenny, on the Alumnae Theatre Mainstage to a packed house last night. Drawing from the old tradition of the Gaelic storyteller (theContinue reading “Three generations of women navigate life, love & those feelings “down there” in TIP’s hilarious, poignant, intimate Little Gem”

Secrets, schemes & stamps in sharp & darkly funny Mauritius

Sometimes a stamp isn’t just a stamp. A pair of rare postage stamps becomes a catalyst for hopes, dreams and desires in The Village Players’ production of Theresa Rebeck’s Mauritius, directed by Michael Hiller, which opened at the Village Playhouse last night. Estranged step-sisters Jackie (Rebecca De La Cour) and Mary (Tina McCulloch) are reunitedContinue reading “Secrets, schemes & stamps in sharp & darkly funny Mauritius”