All posts by Vance Brews

Review: Lillies; Or, The Revival of a Romantic Drama (LemonTree creations/Buddies in Bad Times/Why Not Theatre)

A reimagined production of the classic, Queer, Canadian play is now on stage in Toronto

Capping off their 40th season, Buddies in Bad Times has reimagined a queer theatre classic that is ambitious and creative, but I don’t think it quite hit the lofty goals it aims for.

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Review: Blue Stockings (Stage Centre Productions)

A play on stage in Toronto examines the struggle for women’s education in the 19th century

With Blue Stockings, Stage Centre Productions has brought to stage a compelling, albeit straightforward, examination on the struggle for women’s education in the 19th century.

I’ll admit that I was unaware of how recently post secondary degrees became available to women in western history. We’re all pretty well informed of the Suffragette movement but the Bluestocking movement (which has its origins all the way back to the 18th century) was something I was unaware of until I saw Stage Centre’s latest production. Continue reading Review: Blue Stockings (Stage Centre Productions)

Review: Circles (Dead and Lovely Collective)

Dead and Lovely Collective bring Circles to the Toronto stage

Since I started writing for Mooney on Theatre, one thing I’ve learned is to be excited about graduates from George Brown’s Theatre School. The program has produced some truly talented performers, and with the Dead and Lovely Collective I got to see 12 of them present their original piece Circles in the back room of the
Cameron House.

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