Theatre

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

Jugni Style | Posted 03.06.2014 | 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.

Being Told I Would Die From AIDS Taught Me How to Live

Thom Vernon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Thom Vernon

At 23, I tested positive two years before I even got my first professional acting job. Everything I've done professionally has happened since I tested positive. But when that doctor looked into my eyes, told me I was HIV positive and then said, "You're going to die." I had a decision to make. It wasn't if I was going to go, but how I was going to live. I knew that if I was going to survive, I had to take care of myself the best I could and that meant (and means) staying firmly and actively engaged in what thrills and interests me. Perhaps, I do not have the luxury of disinterest.

Stay Interested. Eyes Open. (Part 1)

Thom Vernon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Thom Vernon

As I get ready to bring The Drifts Live: the novel onstage to NYC (United Solo Festival, Nov. 6., 7pm), I've been getting asked a lot how I've stayed ...

I Took My Mom to a Drag Show...and She Loved it!

Hallae Khosravi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Hallae Khosravi

My mother is going to a drag show next week. And I'm not the one dragging her there. This past summer I was lucky enough to catch Jinkx Monsoon, the most recent winner of RuPaul's Drag Race, in her cabaret show The Vaudevillians. So lucky, in fact, that I saw the show twice in the week I was there. I even dragged my mother along to the second viewing in order to score VIP seats. Mom's an OBGYN in her fifties and would much prefer a British mystery series to live theatre, but when The Vaudevillians ended that night I realized something: she had been quiet throughout the performance.

Review: Toronto's New Definitive Production of Les Misérables

Mooney on Theatre | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Mooney on Theatre

Les Misérables is a bonafide phenomenon of the stage. That 25th anniversary tour is the basis for this new Canadian production that Mirvish is currently presenting in Toronto at the Princess of Wales Theatre. This new version is completely re-thought and re-designed.

Theatre Preview: Playwright Michael Healey Takes on Stephen Harper in Proud

Mooney on Theatre | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Living
Mooney on Theatre

Dora Award-winning playwright Michael Healey's play Proud has also courted controversy throughout its history. The play is thoroughly political but it also transcends politics. If you're in any way engaged in political discourse in this country you owe it to yourself to see Proud.

Theatre Review: "Jacqueries" Is a True iTheatre Experience

Mooney on Theatre | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada Living
Mooney on Theatre

A heist is going down in Toronto and you're invited to infiltrate a secret world of operatives, agents and radicals. All you need is your iPhone. F/, a Toronto-based dance company, has created Jacqueries; a promenade-style dance/theatre hybrid layered with digital elements that audiences experience via an iPhone app.

What Is a Fringe Festival Anyway?

Mooney on Theatre | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada
Mooney on Theatre

Fringe festivals are all about providing an accessible avenue for independent theatre artists to produce and perform their work in front of an audience. The Fringe is really the essence of theatre; virtually anybody can submit a show to the Fringe and the festivals place no limits on content so shows can be bold, raw and uncensored.

Is London, Ontario Ready For Avenue Q?

Donald D'Haene | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada
Donald D'Haene

Original Kids Theatre Company Alumni are presenting the first local production of the Tony Award-winning smash hit Avenue Q later this month. The Canadian troupe has learned all the right tricks with life-size replicas of the puppets used on Broadway, so I took my interview to the true stars of the show -- the puppets themselves!

Empowering Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Adam Moscoe | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada Impact
Adam Moscoe

The launch of synapsABILITY -- a social venture that will evolve into a digital platform connecting individuals with disabilities and the support networks that care for them -- promises to bring the power of social media to an increasingly cash-strapped system of care.

Toronto Theatre: Is The City's Theatre Scene A Closing Curtain?

Megan Fielding | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada Living
Megan Fielding

For me, theatre is the scene I am most active in, both as a spectator and as a performer. It is also the scene I am most worried about. It broke my heart to see David Mirvish announce that the iconic Princess of Whales Theatre of King Street is shutting its doors, permanently.

Giving the World a Reason to Dance

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada
Marcello Cabezas

Imagine a lot of you are part of the over 12-million folks who have been given the Pep Talk from our new endearing voice on what the world should be. ...

Theatre Review: Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Truscott

Beverly Akerman | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada
Beverly Akerman

One reason the play is shocking: It is so badly written. The playwright, Beverley Cooper, used court transcripts and apparently knocked it together in a short time. It shows. If you have a couple of hours and want to know what really happened to Steven Truscott, you would be better off reading a book about him.

Why I Didn't Go To Your Show (And Why You Probably Won't Go To Mine)

Josh Bowman | Posted 04.07.2013 | Canada
Josh Bowman

I'm broke. Ok, I'm not broke. I can afford food and rent. But as I get older, I'm realizing that my discretionary money has to be saved sometimes, ...

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Coming To Vancouver

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 03.13.2013 | Canada
Nikolas Badminton

The PuSh Festival that runs from Jan. 15 to Feb. 3, 2013 bolsters the performing arts scene in Vancouver every year. It's an amazing festival filled with theatre, dance, multimedia and music that is held at venues in and around the city.

Anything Girls Can Do, I Can Do Better

Donald D'Haene | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Living
Donald D'Haene

At 17 I just enjoyed reversing the gender stereotypes of my peers. I was raised in a hierarchal, conservative area (read: small-town Ontario) in the 1960s. I recall a girl sitting behind me in my Gr. 12 business class piping up, "Boys cannot be secretaries!" Personally, I thought, was she for real?

Les Miserables Is a Better Name for the Audience

Donald D'Haene | Posted 02.26.2013 | Canada Living
Donald D'Haene

The motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation Les Misérables has been seen by more than 60-million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and is still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 27th year. Yet, mere minutes in, I went oh, oh, something is off. This is overproduced to hell and back.

Why Gilbert and Sullivan Are More Relevant Than Ever

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Hadani Ditmars

Could the time be ripe for a Gilbert and Sullivan revival? After taking in Vancouver Opera's opening night of The Pirates of Penzance, I am inclined to say yes. Ours is an era ripe for satire. How about a Pirates set on a beach in Somalia -- with the Major General as a BP executive covering up toxic waste? It can be applied to so many difficult situations -- and seems to make them somehow more bearable.

Far Side of the Moon Still Rings True

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 01.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Hadani Ditmars

Watching Robert Lepage perform his seminal work The Far Side of the Moon in Vancouver last night, was an exercise in nostalgia. The play, that eloquently poses the question "are we alone?" by juxtaposing the space race with one man's quiet individual and familial struggles, pits the vastness of the cosmos against the smallness of the mundane. In the end there is an uneasy, but graceful reconciliation.

Actress Sarena Parmar Gives Back to Girls Everywhere [VIDEO]

Shannon Skinner | Posted 12.11.2012 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg Canadian actress and emerging playwright, Sarena Parmar, has performed in film, television and on the stage. In this in-depth interview on Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner, Parmar discusses her rapid rise in her acting career, how her South Asian background has influenced her work, her interest in human rights and advocacy, and also her involvement with Plan Canada's "I Am A Girl" campaign.

Experimental Theatre is Back in the Spotlight

Anya Wassenberg | Posted 07.09.2012 | Canada Living
Anya Wassenberg

To say that the theatrical works of Young Jean Lee are thematically diverse is something of an understatement. They may tackle different issues, but what they do have in common is their origins: her work begins by putting herself into an uncomfortable situation and then writing/performing her way out of it. It's a unique working process that has resulted in some of the most celebrated experimental theatre on the continent.