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 the March
The Huns. One Four One Collective
Night Feed. Canvas Sky Theatre
Pass Over. Obsidian Theatre
White Heat. Pressgang Theatre
The Winter’s Tale. Shakespeare in the Ruff
Actually. The Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company, in association with Obsidian Theatre
Election. Common Boots Theatre, in association with Nightwood Theatre and Theatre Direct
Every Day She Rose. Nightwood Theatre
Intangible Adorations. Haus of Dada, Workman Arts, KC Cooper and Meek
The Learned Ladies. George Brown Theatre School
Othello. Shakespeare BASH’d
Holy cow, it’s that time of year again! Time to get the holiday activities into high gear, with shopping and social events taking over the calendar.
This also means it’s time for the cowbell blog’s annual December hiatus. This gives me a chance for some R&R after a very busy Fall theatre season, and to take some time with friends and family.
As usual, I’ll be covering some holiday shows: two next week and one during the last week of December. Also keep an eye out for my Top 10 Theatre of 2018 list at the end of December.
In the meantime, I wish you and yours love and joy this holiday season—and all good things for 2019!
Another year, another embarrassment of riches. And, despite the fact that the blog has been operating on a reduced capacity since July, I still managed to see a lot of theatre this year.
In alphabetical order, my top 10 of 2017:
The Clergy Project: Soulo Theatre
for colored girls: Soulpepper Theatre
Mockingbird Close: INpulse Theatre Co.
Prince Hamlet: Why Not Theatre
Reflector: Theatre Gargantua
Slip: Circlesnake Productions
Spoon River: Soulpepper Theatre
Superior Donuts: Coal Mine Theatre
Tough Jews: Storefront Theatre
Unholy: Nightwood Theatre, January premiere*
Go see some theatre. Support local artists.
Happy holidays, all—and all good things for 2018!
* Full disclosure: I wasn’t working for Nightwood at the time.
Hope everyone’s been enjoying the holiday season. As we say goodbye to 2016 (for better or worse), it’s time for the annual top 10 theatre list. As usual, this is always a challenging endeavour, so I’ve added a few honourable mentions (in alphabetical order):
Top 10 theatre 2016
Blind Date (queer version): Spontaneous Theatre & Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Chasse-Galerie: Kabin, Storefront Theatre & Soulpepper
Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen: Theatre 20, The Firehall Arts Centre & Theatre Passe Muraille
The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy: Eldritch Theatre
The Hogtown Experience: The Hogtown Collective & Campbell House Museum
Late Night: Theatre Brouhaha & Zoomer LIVE Theatre
Mouthpiece: Quote Unquote Collective & Nightwood Theatre
The Queen’s Conjuror: Circlesnake Productions
She Mami Wata and the Pussy Witchhunt: The Watah Theatre
The Summoned: Tarragon Theatre
The Clergy Project: SOULO Theatre
Killer Joe: Coal Mine Theatre
The Taming of the Shrew: Driftwood Theatre Group
Three Men in a Boat: Pea Green Theatre
Up next: The Next Stage Theatre Festival (NSTF), running January 4 – 15, 2017 at Factory Theatre.