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How To Succeed in Friendship Without Really Trying

Hannah Jack | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

Recently I started a theatre company with my six best friends. Sounds like a really great way to ruin a bunch of relationships, doesn't it? But here's the kicker. It's actually really working. We are by no means perfect and are still in the thick of figuring out a process that works best for us. These are the things that I've learned so far on this weird little journey.

Trudeau's Drama Skills Cast Him as Canada's Next Prime Minister

Harvey Ostroff | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Harvey Ostroff

Politics is theatre on a grand scale. People go to the theatre neither to watch the actors nor to listen to them. They want to be transported into the world of the play: to suspend disbelief. The politician who can evoke an emotional response is the politician we will inevitably favour.

Stephen Harper and the Death of Canadian Culture

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 10.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Hadani Ditmars

In light of recent announcements that the current government plans to sell off the CBC buildings across this land -- the very art of cultural commentary might not be long for this nation. As Harper slowly dismantles every political and cultural institution intrinsic to the Canadian way of life I wonder -- will the future Joni Mitchells, Leonard Cohens and Neil Youngs be left to fend for themselves?

Why You Must See Opera in the Village's 'The Mikado'

Shannon McClennan | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Alberta
Shannon McClennan

Gilbert and Sullivan's campy, screwball-esque comedy production is a satirical romp set in "exotic Japan". With deliberately laughable character and place names, 'The Mikado' pokes fun at the British political system, setting their criticism of Queen and country in a distant locale to soften the impact of their pointed satire.

Why You Don't Actually Hate Musicals

Samantha Pinter-Thompson | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Living
Samantha Pinter-Thompson

Sunday night marked the Tony Awards, Broadway's annual love letter to itself. As a self-described musical theatre nerd, this night is one I countdown to all year. But the event reminded me how musical theatre has a particularly poor reputation outside of the theatre community.

How a School Reunion Is Changing the Face of Canadian Theatre

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada
Marcello Cabezas

Here's a riddle for you: What do you get when you pair a school with 42 actors playing 100 different characters with 40 original songs and dance numbe...

Top Ten Reasons Why Theatre Is Cool

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

Blasted at the Pi Theatre The theatre has such a vibrant ability to bring words to life. I first became aware of how theatre can be engaging and r...

Vancouver's 'Saint Joan' Is Beige When It Should Lift Off The Page

Michael Groberman | Posted 01.10.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Michael Groberman

The director must give them life: make each character an individual, make the scenes sing so that the language comes not from the mouth of Shaw, but from the mouths of unique personalities, and make the arguments reflections of character rather than mere elements of Shaw's argument. That's where this Arts Club production really falls apart.

Think of Toronto As Your Broadway Set For The Upcoming Municipal Elections

Shane Feldman | Posted 12.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Shane Feldman

The Producers are there to make sure that all the needs of every part of the show are met. If our stage is the City of Toronto, the Producers are our City Councillors. These are the individuals, who are chosen by you to be your voice and ensure your needs are met. They vow to work tirelessly to give you the opportunity to do your very best on the City of Toronto stage.

A Play That Explores Life Before Birth Control

Keith Tomasek | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Living
Keith Tomasek

Hannah Moscovitch is one of 4 playwrights shortlisted for the 2014 Siminovitch Prize. The $100,000 prize, to be awarded Monday night, is the largest t...

There's Something Wrong With Vancouver's 'Rainmaker'

Michael Groberman | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Michael Groberman

The play itself is interesting enough, and the characters strong enough, to sustain our interest for more than two hours. It premiered in 1954 with Geraldine Page as Lizzie and received a Broadway revival in 1999 with Woody Harrelson as Starbuck. As an exercise for young actors, this production probably works well. As a coherent piece of drama, not so much.

Vancouver's 'Educating Rita' Rescued By Colourful Characters

Michael Groberman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Michael Groberman

Good performances and a remarkable set by Drew Facey provide an entertaining treatment of a pretty ordinary play.

Vancouver's 'Our Town' Puts Audience In The Action

Michael Groberman | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Michael Groberman

All actors are always present in the room, and the house lights are on throughout the performance. We are, in a sense, in a living room that surrounds the two kitchens of the main characters.

'4000 Miles': Nicola Cavendish Kills But Play's A Bust

Michael Groberman | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Michael Groberman

The new Arts Club production "4000 Miles" is inoffensive, irrelevant, and trite. This much-produced American comedy from 2011 provides warm reassurance that familial love is good. Intended to warm the heart with warm humour, it inadvertently challenges us to care about the obnoxious protagonist. But a lack of story is the play's greatest weakness.

Fall Means Back To Striptease School

Tristan Risk | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Tristan Risk

I feel like my autumn will have slightly more structure as I look forward to mastering my disrobing technique. My reading will consist of classic pillow books, and I'll continue to expand the vocabulary of my body language.

The Arts Festival You've Dreamed Of But Don't Know About

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada
Marcello Cabezas

It's a great thing for audiences to leave an experience feeling like they have never seen anything like that before. Now, there is a festival that is going on right now that delivers on all of this. Sounds intriguing, eh?

Bard On The Beach Transforms Maligned 'Cymbeline' Into Dark Comedy

Michael Groberman | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Michael Groberman

Anita Rochon's inspired approach to this maligned play is a great success. She exploits the its weaknesses and makes them strengths. She turns her seven actors into a full cast of 18 using a scheme so clever and funny it occasionally upstages Shakespeare himself. And that's a good thing.

Vancouver Play About Shakespeare More Drone Than Drama

Michael Groberman | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Michael Groberman

A very talented cast struggles valiantly through a text that rejects dramatic development at this Bard on the Beach show. This is too bad, because without a plot, "Equivocation" is just an endless stream of platitudes.

Bringing Sex Education to the Stage

University of Toronto News | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada Impact
University of Toronto News

While some are horrified by the overtly sexual movies and TV shows consumed by today's youth, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health has a slightly different stance. Shira Taylor, a doctoral candidate at the School's Division of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, is taking to the stage to educate young adults about sex.

Vancouver's 'Spamalot' Boasts Good Performers, Lacks Correct Tone

Michael Groberman | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Michael Groberman

This Arts Club production is, on the main, a very good piece of work. But the director does not inject the kind of energy a show like this demands. "Spamalot" is so silly and over-the-top, the production needs a tone to match it. This one plods along.

How To Survive Theatre School

Hannah Jack | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

You will not be a normal person when you finish this. You may wake up from this in four years and be like "who is this person that I am now?" I'm always sort of on the verge of tears, I'm too busy to eat or shower, I can't not articulate every single word, I haven't worn real pants in years, I'm not as funny as I used to be, the list continues for literal days.

Pulitzer Winner Coming To Vancouver

Katherine Brodsky | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Katherine Brodsky

Audiences will also be treated to a live stage reading of David Auburn's play "Proof", featuring some of Vancouver's top actors, and afterwards get to learn about Auburn's experiences in the theatre, writing technique and approaches, influences, the road to writing a Pulitzer-award winning play, and much more, in an intimate moderated In Conversation.

Same Same But Different: Growing Up As A Brown Girl in Canada

Jugni Style | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Living
Jugni Style

Lupita Nyong'o's moving speeches, the Dark is Beautiful campaign in India, and Anita Majumdar's play, Same Same But Different, have me in a different frame of mind as we approach International Women's Day. I'm not just thinking about women's rights and battles. I'm thinking about what it means to be a woman of colour in Canada.

Theatre Group Changes Tune On Closure Status

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Alberta

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - A southern Alberta adult-themed theatre company that said it was being forced out of business by homophobic neighbours now says it...

Toronto Theatre Review: Disney's Aladdin Not Ready for Prime Time

Mooney on Theatre | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Mooney on Theatre

It's clear, watching even just the first few minutes of Broadway-bound Aladdin at the Ed Mirvish Theatre that the Disney production team is hoping for another Lion King. Unfortunately, unless there are some significant changes made, I cannot with any confidence predict Broadway success.