Canadian Opera Company brings shades of grey to Arabella to the Toronto stage
The final collaboration of Richard Strauss and librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Arabella is either a deceptively grim meditation on love in society, a typical comedy of manners, a proto-feminist parable of the volatile position of women in the marriage market, or a light and frothy romance. Sometimes it can be all of these things at once. I’m not entirely sure which The Canadian Opera Company‘s adaptation of Strauss’ Arabella wants to be — but that very ambiguity is what makes it interesting. Continue reading Review: Arabella (Canadian Opera Company)
Tom Shadow is “charming” and “outrageous,” now on the Toronto stage
As I read through the program for Theatre Lab’s recent venture—The Adventures of Tom Shadow—I notice that they chose to title it a “comedy musical” and not a “musical comedy.” Smart move, because the musical theatre geek in me may have been disappointed with the lack of kick lines. No worries though, because The Adventures of Tom Shadow was everything I could have wanted and more in a “comedy musical,” if those are a thing? Are they a thing? Let’s make them a thing now.
Continue reading Review: The Adventures Of Tom Shadow (Theatre Lab)
Canadian Opera Company’s Elixir of Love, now on stage in Toronto, is “good, simple fun”
The backdrop for the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of L’elisir d’amore (Gaetano Donizetti, 1832) glides us into a small, unspoiled pastoral village. It seems impossible that war could ever disturb such a place, but it is 1914 in small town Ontario… Continue reading Review: L’elisir d’amore/Elixir of Love (Canadian Opera Company)
Young People’s Theatre presents Bello, a folktale with scary moments, on stage in Toronto
On Wednesday afternoon my grandson Desmond and I went to see Bello at Young People’s Theatre. It’s billed as suitable for kids from six to nine years old. Desmond is six years and three weeks old. It was his expert opinion that one of the classes attending the performance was a kindergarten class and that the kids weren’t six yet. They seemed to manage just fine.
Bello is essentially a folktale “about a time when there were no phones, no cars, and no light bulbs…” and a young boy named Bern who gets lost in the snow on his way back from school. Continue reading Review: Bello (Young People’s Theatre)
Five Shows Under $25 in Toronto this Week
Live theatre shows in Toronto with ticket prices of $25 or less, playing the week of October 10th, 2017. Perfect for the budget-conscious theatre-goer. There is something for everyone this week! Check them out below the cut:
Continue reading Cheap Theatre in Toronto the Week of October 10th
Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of October 9th, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate here in Toronto. Your dining room tables won’t be the only places overflowing with goodness: Toronto’s stages are filled with countless new and continuing shows this week. Jess, one of our fearless editors, is here to choose her most anticipated shows (in red). Check them out below the cut:
Continue reading Playlistings in Toronto for the week of October 9th
Robert Fothergill’s play, a prequel to Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, is now playing in Toronto
Let’s Go: A G_dot Prequel is a play about everything that happens before Estragon and Vladimir of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot start well, waiting for Godot. The concept itself is genius, however; the pieces didn’t come together as nicely as I would have hoped.
Continue reading Review: Let’s Go: A G_dot Prequel (DMT Productions)
Turtleneck arrives on the Toronto stage, “doesn’t get much better.”
Let me sum up emerGENce Theatre‘s Turtleneck playing at the Tree of Life Theatre in five words: it is so absurdly good.
Brilliantly cast, darkly hilarious, unexpected–there is just no way this show should be missed.
Continue reading Review: Turtleneck (EmerCENce Theatre)
This festival celebrates Pan-American, Indigenous, and Latinx voices on stage in Toronto
The 2017 Caminos festival, produced by Aluna Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts is a week-long festival of new performances centering on Pan-American, Indigenous, and Latinx voices. The festival offers diverse performances in a variety of media, including theatre, dance and music. Continue reading Review: Caminos 2017 (Aluna Theatre/Native Earth Performing Arts)
how to drown gracefully is “captivating” and “strong” theatre playing in Toronto
Kat, the main character of Becky Tanton’s how to drown gracefully (presented by Filament Incubator at Kensington Hall) spends most of the play getting in and out of a bathtub. She’s having a hard time leaving the water, which represents both a safe haven and dangerous escape. Kat (played by Tanton) wants to drown, though not in a suicidal way, just to disappear for a while. A disastrous love quadrangle has her nursing hurt feelings while confronting her own less than stellar actions. While the navel-gazing angst in the show feels very familiar, the writing made enough of a splash to make me want to wade in.
Continue reading Review: how to drown gracefully (Filament Incubator)