A gripping contemporary take on a classic in the powerful, chilling, resonant Julius Caesar

Dion Johnstone & Moya O’Connell. Set & lighting design by Lorenzo Savoini. Costume design by Ming Wong. Photo by Dahlia Katz.   Groundling Theatre Company joins forces with Crow’s Theatre to present a chilling modern-day take on Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, directed by Chris Abraham, assisted by Rouvan Silogix, with additional writing by Zack Russell. GrippinglyContinue reading “A gripping contemporary take on a classic in the powerful, chilling, resonant Julius Caesar”

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”

Toronto Fringe: Twelfth Night from Malvolio’s perspective in the riveting, visceral and cerebral I, Malvolio

Justin Otto. Photo by John Gundy.   impel theatre gives us Malvolio’s perspective of the events from Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night in Tim Crouch’s riveting, visceral, cerebral I, Malvolio, directed by Kendra Jones, assisted by clown consultant Calvin Peterson. I, Malvolio had its closing performance at the Smart Cookie Club at Artscape Youngplace last night. As weContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Twelfth Night from Malvolio’s perspective in the riveting, visceral and cerebral I, Malvolio”

Toronto Fringe: Madcap comedy & love a winning combination in the playful, mercurial The Taming of the Shrew

Chris Coculuzzi & Alexandra Milne. Photo by Kathy Plamondon.   Aquarius Players bring Shakespeare to the Fringe stage with their madcap, playful production of The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Nicole Arends and running in the St. George the Martyr Courtyard. Baptista (Scott Moore) has two daughters: the wild Katherine (Alexandra Milne) and the sweetContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Madcap comedy & love a winning combination in the playful, mercurial The Taming of the Shrew”

Mental health takes centre stage in the mercurial, heart-wrenching, provocative adaptation Hamlet(s)

Skipping Stones Theatre gives us a new, contemporary take on the Shakespeare classic brings mental health front and centre with its mercurial, heart-wrenching, provocative adaptation Hamlet(s), directed by Sean O’Brien, supplemented by additional Shakespearian text; and opening last night to a sold out house at b current Studio in Artscape Wychwood Barns. Here, we haveContinue reading “Mental health takes centre stage in the mercurial, heart-wrenching, provocative adaptation Hamlet(s)”

Shakesbeers Showdown 2018: Meet contestants Kaitlyn Riordan & Chanakya Mukherjee

  Aaand our next intrepid contestants for First Folio supremacy in Shakesbeers Showdown 2018: Jurassic BARD hail from team Shakespeare in the Ruff. Introducing Kaitlyn Riordan (aka Kaitlyn “Frickin” Riordan, or maybe that’s just me) and Chanakya Mukherjee! Contestant: Kaitlyn Riordan Team: Shakespeare in the Ruff Favourite play from the Shakespeare canon: Hamlet Favourite character fromContinue reading “Shakesbeers Showdown 2018: Meet contestants Kaitlyn Riordan & Chanakya Mukherjee”

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 Donna the puppet (aka Erin Eldershaw)

Time to meet another contestant for First Folio supremacy at Shakesbeers Showdown 2018: Jurassic BARD. Introducing Donna the puppet and her human pal Erin Eldershaw from team Shakey-Shake and Friends Theatre Company! Contestant: Donna the puppet (aka Erin Eldershaw) Team: Shakey-Shake and Friends Theatre Company Favourite play from the Shakespeare canon: Oh! But there are so many! Probably AsContinue reading “Shakesbeers Showdown 2018: Meet contestant Donna the puppet (aka Erin Eldershaw)”

Shakesbeers Showdown 2018: Meet contestants Breanna Maloney & Tristian Claxton

Meet two more Shakesbeers Showdown 2018: Jurassic BARD contestants today: Introducing Breanna Maloney and Tristan Claxton from team Skipping Stones Theatre.   Contestant: Breanna Maloney Team: Skipping Stones Theatre Favourite play from the Shakespeare canon: King Lear Favourite character from the canon that you’ve played so far: Juliet Dream role from the canon: Macbeth  Continue reading “Shakesbeers Showdown 2018: Meet contestants Breanna Maloney & Tristian Claxton”

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”