A grownup cautionary fairy tale of loyalty, betrayal & love in Shakespeare BASH’d fast-paced, highly entertaining, resonant Cymbeline

Catherine Rainville. Photo by Kyle Purcell.   Shakespeare BASH’d invites us to hear a grownup cautionary fairy tale of loyalty, betrayal, ambition, jealousy, love and family. Relationships are put to the test with evil and foolish schemes, and women’s and commoners’ true worth—for better or worse—are grossly underestimated in its fast-paced, highly entertaining, resonant productionContinue reading “A grownup cautionary fairy tale of loyalty, betrayal & love in Shakespeare BASH’d fast-paced, highly entertaining, resonant Cymbeline”

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Upcoming hiatus & news

Photo by Jens Lelie on Unsplash   Hi all – Hope 2020 is being good to everyone so far! life with more cowbell celebrated its ninth anniversary earlier this month and—counting two years blogging for Alumnae Theatre Company—that means I’ve been blogging about theatre for 11 years now. Time flies! It’s been an amazing 11 years, reviewing remarkable,Continue reading “Upcoming hiatus & news”

Top 10 Theatre 2019

It’s that time of the year again. Here are my top 10 theatre productions for 2019, in alphabetical order (based on Toronto productions I reviewed this calendar year): Athabasca. Convergence Theatre Between Riverside and Crazy. Coal Mine Theatre The Black Drum. Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf and Deaf Cultural Centre The Flick. Outside theContinue reading “Top 10 Theatre 2019”

Fond & foolish love & sport in Shakespeare BASH’d delightful, cheeky, passionate A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Julia Nish-Lapidus. Photo by Eliza Martin.   Shakespeare BASH’d opens its 2019-20 season with its own take on a magical, wacky fun Shakespeare favourite with its production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Catherine Rainville and James Wallis, choreographed by John Wamsley, with music composition and direction by Hilary Adams—on for a shortContinue reading “Fond & foolish love & sport in Shakespeare BASH’d delightful, cheeky, passionate A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Hearts & minds poisoned to a tragic conclusion in Shakespeare BASH’d powerful, intimate, thought-provoking Othello

Front: E.B. Smith & Catherine Rainville. Back: James Graham. Photo by Jonas Widdifield.   Toronto favourite Shakespeare BASH’d continues its 2018-19 season with a deep-dive into one of the most complex, messily human plays in the Shakespeare canon: Othello. Directed by James Wallis, assisted by Olivia Croft, and featuring a stellar cast, Othello opened lastContinue reading “Hearts & minds poisoned to a tragic conclusion in Shakespeare BASH’d powerful, intimate, thought-provoking Othello”

Lust, corruption & the pursuit of justice in Shakespeare BASH’d sharply funny, timely Measure for Measure

Sochi Fried & Geoffrey Armour. Scenic design by Caitlin Doherty. Photo by Kyle Purcell.   Shakespeare BASH’d returns to a Toronto pub to present one of the less produced plays of the canon: Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, directed by Catherine Rainville and opening last night at Junction City Music Hall. Given the current #MeToo climate,Continue reading “Lust, corruption & the pursuit of justice in Shakespeare BASH’d sharply funny, timely Measure for Measure”

Shakesbeers Showdown 2018: Meet contestant James Wallis

Time to meet another word warrior in the battle for Folio supremacy at Shakesbeers Showdown 2018: Jurassic BARD! Introducing James Wallis from team Shakespeare BASH’d! Contestant: James Wallis Team: Shakespeare BASH’d Favourite play from the Shakespeare canon: Romeo and Juliet Favourite character from the canon that you’ve played so far: Richard III Dream role from the canon:Continue reading “Shakesbeers Showdown 2018: Meet contestant James Wallis”

Shakesbeers Showdown 2018: Meet contestant Kate McArthur

  Spur of the Moment Shakespeare Collective is back with its 7th annual battle for First Folio supremacy with Shakesbeers Showdown 2018: Jurassic BARD on April 27 at the 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education. Team contestants will face off in cold reads from the notoriously hard to read First Folio—and theContinue reading “Shakesbeers Showdown 2018: Meet contestant Kate McArthur”

Foul treachery, sweet slithering manipulation in Shakespeare Bash’d compelling, accessible Richard III

James Wallis in Richard III. Photo by Kyle Purcell.   Shakespeare Bash’d opened its 2018 season to a sold-out house at the Monarch Tavern last night with a classic tale of murderous machinations and royal double-crosses with its production of Shakespeare’s Richard III, directed by Julia Nish-Lapidus with associate director Megan Miles. For those not familiar withContinue reading “Foul treachery, sweet slithering manipulation in Shakespeare Bash’d compelling, accessible Richard III”

Fond, foolish love & trickster shenanigans in the roaringly entertaining Twelfth Night

Shakespeare BASH’d continues its 2016-17 season with a ripping version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; directed by James Wallis with associate director Drew O’Hara, and opening to a sold out house at the Monarch Tavern last night. Set in the 1920s, and inspired by the music, speak easy atmosphere and carpe diem abandon of that decade,Continue reading “Fond, foolish love & trickster shenanigans in the roaringly entertaining Twelfth Night”