Foolish destruction & a chance for redemption with a contemporary twist in the haunting, playful The Winter’s Tale

Back to front: Richard Lee & Eponine Lee. Scenography by Claire Hill. Lighting design by Jareth Li. Photo by Dahlia Katz. Back to Withrow Park last night for more outdoor Shakespeare excellence, as community-connected, entertaining and accessible Shakespeare in the Ruff opened their adaptation of The Winter’s Tale last night. Adapted by Sarah Kitz withContinue reading “Foolish destruction & a chance for redemption with a contemporary twist in the haunting, playful The Winter’s Tale”

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Rockin’ good fun for all ages in the delightfully whimsical, magical A (Musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ahmed Moneka as Puck. Production design by Julia Kim. Photo by Dahlia Katz. Driftwood Theatre Group is back this summer, celebrating its 25th season with a tour of its outdoor Shakespearean awesomeness. This year, it’s a delightfully whimsical, silly, rockin’ Bard’s Bus Tour production of A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, adapted byContinue reading “Rockin’ good fun for all ages in the delightfully whimsical, magical A (Musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Outdoor (& inexpensive) Shakespeare in & around Toronto

You don’t have to schlep to the Stratford Festival or spend a lot of money to see some great Shakespeare this summer. Check out these local productions, running under the stars… Canadian Stage’s annual Shakespeare in High Park: Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream—running now in rep to Sept 2 in Toronto’s High Park. PWYC ($20Continue reading “Outdoor (& inexpensive) Shakespeare in & around Toronto”

Taming the Shrew like it’s 1989 in sharply witty, playfully bawdy, LGBTQ+ Bard’s Bus Tour

Driftwood Theatre Group launched its annual Bard’s Bus Tour earlier this month, this time with a 1980s Toronto Pride take on William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Driftwood Artistic Director D. Jeremy Smith and running this week at Toronto’s Withrow Park. A challenging play to produce for modern-day audiences, given its dynamicContinue reading “Taming the Shrew like it’s 1989 in sharply witty, playfully bawdy, LGBTQ+ Bard’s Bus Tour”

Orange is the new Hamlet in Driftwood Theatre’s steel-sharp, fast-paced tale of grief, revenge & truth

Driftwood Theatre Group launched its 21st annual Bard’s Bus Tour with their production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet earlier this month, text adapted by Toby Malone and directed by Driftwood Artistic Director D. Jeremy Smith – currently running in Toronto at Withrow Park from July 21-26. As part of Driftwood’s Shakesperience program, early arrivals to lastContinue reading “Orange is the new Hamlet in Driftwood Theatre’s steel-sharp, fast-paced tale of grief, revenge & truth”

A delightfully magical production – Driftwood Theatre Group’s The Tempest

We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep… Saw some delightful outdoor Shakespeare last night: Driftwood Theatre Group’s performance of its Bard’s Bus Tour production of The Tempest at Withrow Park. Directed by D. Jeremy Smith, collaborating with text editor/dramaturg Toby Malone, this Tempest isContinue reading “A delightfully magical production – Driftwood Theatre Group’s The Tempest”

Rowdy & rollicking romance with Two Gents

Went to see the delightful outdoor production of Two Gents in Withrow Park last night, Shakespeare in the Ruff’s adaptation of Two Gentlemen of Verona, the company’s inaugural season, which included a six-week youth apprenticeship program for secondary students, The Young Ruffians. As an added treat, before Two Gents, the audience got to see theContinue reading “Rowdy & rollicking romance with Two Gents”