Great holiday panto fun in Camelot with EXCALI-PURR: The Once & Future Cat

Red Sandcastle Theatre’s (RST) Panto Players take us on a wacky fun medieval adventure of knights, wizards, destiny—and, of course, an unusual, feisty pink cat—with their multimedia production EXCALI-PURR: The Once & Future Cat. Co-written by Jane A. Shields and Rosemary Doyle, and directed/choreographed by Jackie English, this is RST’s eighth holiday pantomime. Young WartContinue reading “Great holiday panto fun in Camelot with EXCALI-PURR: The Once & Future Cat”

Secrets & dark suspicions in the eerie, Gothic family drama Gripless

Standing: David Huband & Amber Mackereth. Seated: Margaret Lamarre.   Green Garden Equity Artist Collective gives us a disturbing tale of family secrets and dark suspicions in Deborah Ann Frankel’s eerie family drama Gripless; directed by Frankel and on now for a short run at Red Sandcastle Theatre. On a stormy night in a smallContinue reading “Secrets & dark suspicions in the eerie, Gothic family drama Gripless”

Lost music dreams & turbulent family reunion in Rare Day Projects’ bittersweet, poignant, funny A Very Different Place

Clockwise, from top left: Jeanette Dagger, Rosemary Doyle & Alexzander McLarry. Photo by Deborah Ann Frankel.   You can’t go home again, but maybe you can meet where you are. Rare Day Projects presents Carol Libman’s drama about lost dreams and family reunion, A Very Different Place, directed by Robin Haggerty and opening last nightContinue reading “Lost music dreams & turbulent family reunion in Rare Day Projects’ bittersweet, poignant, funny A Very Different Place”

The irrepressible Marie Dressler’s life, love & career in Alumnae Theatre’s delightful, entertaining Queen Marie

Naomi Peltz, Katherine Cappallacci, Siena Dolinski & Seira Saeki. Photo by Bruce Peters. Alumnae Theatre Company closes its 100th anniversary season—with heart, moxie and rip roaring good fun— with Queen Marie, a musical by Shirley Barrie, directed by Rosemary Doyle, with music direction by Paul Comeau and choreography by Adam Martino. Queen Marie is a biographicalContinue reading “The irrepressible Marie Dressler’s life, love & career in Alumnae Theatre’s delightful, entertaining Queen Marie”

Pun & games for kids of all ages, with hilarious panto good times, in RaPUNzel

Amelia Welcher as RaPUNzel (top) and Kristen Foote as Bunny (bottom)—photo by Burke Campbell Red Sandcastle Theatre’s Panto Players are back at it again with more pantomime shenanigans in RaPUNzel, written by Jane A. Shields and Rosemary Doyle, and directed by Jackie English. RaPUNzel marks the company’s 7th annual holiday panto. This time, the PantoContinue reading “Pun & games for kids of all ages, with hilarious panto good times, in RaPUNzel”

New Ideas Festival: Attraction, secrets & brave new worlds in eclectic, insightful Week Two program

Alumnae Theatre Company continues its 2017 edition of the New Ideas Festival (NIF) with an eclectic Week Two program. The annual festival includes three weeks of short new plays and full-length readings, including four plays and one reading each week, running in the Studio space. The Red Lacquered Box by Burke Campbell, directed by Lynn Weintraub.Continue reading “New Ideas Festival: Attraction, secrets & brave new worlds in eclectic, insightful Week Two program”

New Ideas Festival: Connection, reflection & living with illness in thoughtful, funny Week One program

Alumnae Theatre Company opened the 29th New Ideas Festival (NIF) with a strong Week One program in its Studio space last night. The annual juried festival includes three weeks of short new plays and full-length readings, including four plays and one reading each week. Call by Rosemary Doyle, directed by Rebecca Ostroff. A hilarious lookContinue reading “New Ideas Festival: Connection, reflection & living with illness in thoughtful, funny Week One program”

A delightful, insightful evening with Oscar in the witty, thoughtful Introducing Mr. Wilde, or Work is the Curse of the Drinking Class

Red Sandcastle Theatre A.D. Rosemary Doyle has teamed up with Jennifer Watson and Dorian Hart to launch The Wilde Festival, which opened with its inaugural production of Neil Titley’s one-man show Introducing Mr. Wilde, or Work is the Curse of the Drinking Class at Red Sandcastle’s storefront space at Queen St. East and Logan, TorontoContinue reading “A delightful, insightful evening with Oscar in the witty, thoughtful Introducing Mr. Wilde, or Work is the Curse of the Drinking Class”

Pirates! Genies! Fishing! Wacky meta panto fun with A Ladd’n His Cat!

Red Sandcastle Theatre’s Panto Players have cooked up their most meta holiday panto ever! Written by Jane A. Shields and Red Sandcastle A.D. Rosemary Doyle, A Ladd’n His Cat! opened to an enthusiastic audience at Red Sandcastle’s storefront space at Queen St. East and Logan, Toronto last night. Played out as a story within aContinue reading “Pirates! Genies! Fishing! Wacky meta panto fun with A Ladd’n His Cat!”

Toronto Fringe: Channeling Diamond and Bowie to tame the beast in entertaining, uplifting Kneel! Diamond Dogs

The music of two pop icons collides in mikeylikesit productions’ one-man music battle extravaganza Kneel! Diamond Dogs, starring Michael Posthumus and directed by Rosemary Doyle, and running during Toronto Fringe in the Tarragon Theatre Extraspace. Damon MacHavoc (Michael Posthumus) is an emotionally troubled young man who can’t seem to leave the house. Haunted by dreamsContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Channeling Diamond and Bowie to tame the beast in entertaining, uplifting Kneel! Diamond Dogs”