Ancestors calling on a hero’s journey through fear to true self in the engaging, powerful 11:11

Samson Bonkeabantu Brown. Set design by d’bi.young anitafrika. Costume design by Samson Bonkeabantu Brown. Lighting design by André du Toit. Photo by Brett Haynes. A.V.O. Collective brings the world premiere of its engaging, powerful production of 11:11, presented as part of Why Not Theatre’s RISER Project 2019, to the Theatre Centre’s Incubator stage. Written/performed byContinue reading “Ancestors calling on a hero’s journey through fear to true self in the engaging, powerful 11:11”

Memories of grade 6 & the search for identity in the brave, endearing, immersive ERASER

Clockwise from top centre: Christol Bryan, Marina Gomes, Yousef Kadoura, Tijiki Morris, Nathan Redburn & Anthony Perpuse. Set & costume design by Christine Urquhart. Lighting design by Rebecca Vandevelde. Photo by Sam Gaetz. Eraser Theatre brings the world premiere of its immersive production ERASER, presented as part of Why Not Theatre’s RISER Project 2019, to TheContinue reading “Memories of grade 6 & the search for identity in the brave, endearing, immersive ERASER”

Repost: The search for a woman’s lost voice in the vocal, physical, emotional tour de force Mouthpiece

I had the pleasure of revisiting Quote Unquote Collective’s Mouthpiece, presented by Nightwood Theatre and Why Not Theatre—and back by popular demand on stage at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava’s stunning virtuosic performance rocked the packed house last night, receiving a standing ovation with sustained applause. The film version ofContinue reading “Repost: The search for a woman’s lost voice in the vocal, physical, emotional tour de force Mouthpiece”

Top 10 theatre 2017

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 TheatreContinue reading “Top 10 theatre 2017”

Hamlet as you’ve never seen it in the haunting, beautiful ASL/English adaptation Prince Hamlet

Christine Horne as Hamlet in Prince Hamlet—photo by Bronwen Sharp   Why Not Theatre mounts Ravi Jain’s exciting bilingual (ASL and English) adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet with its production of Prince Hamlet, directed by Jain; and currently running at the Theatre Centre. This production has already been garnering some well-deserved buzz. Not only does PrinceContinue reading “Hamlet as you’ve never seen it in the haunting, beautiful ASL/English adaptation Prince Hamlet”

An entertaining, poignant love letter to roots, family & father in Paolozzapedia

    Why Not Theatre’s 2015 edition of the RISER Project continued the final leg of its programming last night at the Theatre Centre with the opening performances of Mahmoud (which I saw on Wed. night – see the post here) and Paolozzapedia. Written and performed by Adam Paolozza, who co-directed with Daniele Bartolini, andContinue reading “An entertaining, poignant love letter to roots, family & father in Paolozzapedia”

Charmingly funny, moving & thought-provoking insight on identity & culture in Mahmoud

Why Not Theatre’s 2015 edition of the RISER Project continued its programming last night at the Theatre Centre with previews of its two final shows – I saw Mahmoud. Produced in partnership with Pandemic Theatre, written by Tara Grammy and Tom Arthur Davis, directed by Davis and starring Grammy, Mahmoud is a one-person whirlwind of storytellingContinue reading “Charmingly funny, moving & thought-provoking insight on identity & culture in Mahmoud”

Partnership & mentorship flourish in the second year of the RISER Project

“There are a great deal of opportunities within the Toronto theatre community for mentorship and the development of artists but The RISER Project is unique in that it creates a rare opportunity for companies and artists to be mentored through production … this model empowers artists to find their voice and not rely on curationContinue reading “Partnership & mentorship flourish in the second year of the RISER Project”

Cinematic, diabolically fun trip to the dark side – Cine Monstro @ PROGRESS fest

A kid who’s fascination with his weird next door neighbours turns to morbid fixation following a horrific event in their home. A boyfriend and girlfriend constantly fight as she longs for marriage and a baby, and he gropes for an unknown something that’s just out of reach. A recovering addict drawn to screenwriting envisions anContinue reading “Cinematic, diabolically fun trip to the dark side – Cine Monstro @ PROGRESS fest”

PROGRESS announcement: Cine Monstro talk back with MacIvor & Diaz following Feb 13 performance

The folks at PROGRESS announced today a not to be missed event following the February 13 performance of Cine Monstro, the Portuguese adaptation of Daniel MacIvor’s much lauded play (translated by Barbara Duvivier and Enrique Diaz), Monster: a talk back featuring playwright Daniel MacIvor and director/performer/co-translator Enrique Diaz. A dynamic, one-man piece of storytelling, CineContinue reading “PROGRESS announcement: Cine Monstro talk back with MacIvor & Diaz following Feb 13 performance”