Theatre

A Play That Explores Life Before Birth Control

Keith Tomasek | Posted 10.17.2014 | 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 10.16.2014 | 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 10.09.2014 | 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 10.06.2014 | 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 09.25.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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.

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.