All posts by Catherine Jan

A former freelance translator in Paris, Catherine Jan now enjoys writing in Toronto and about Toronto. Especially about Toronto theatre. She also blogs about translation, copywriting, editing and other word-related past-times at Catherine Translates. Are you on Twitter? Join @translatetrad‘s 2,000 followers who keep up with her workin’ girl tweets.

HROSES: Outrage a la raison (It Could Still Happen)


Confusing, “whimsical” play about star-crossed lovers hits Toronto’s Waterworks stage

HROSES: Outrage a la raison is an eerie, bilingual play about two people from rival families who fall in love but cannot stay together. Performed in a downtown Toronto industrial space called Waterworks, HROSES has an indie, fringe vibe to it that is for the most open-minded of theatre-goers.

Lily (Sascha Cole)—who works on a farm—belongs to an English-speaking family. Ellery (Frederic Lemay) is part of a French-speaking clan; their family-run mine extends under Lily’s farm, harming their hard-earned harvest. One day, Lily and Ellery are brought together when a horse appears between the two properties. They decide they wish to care for it, together.

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Review (Kid +1): A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper)

A Christmas CarolSoulpepper touches Toronto audiences’ hearts with Dicken’s classic tale

Playing at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Toronto Distillery District, A Christmas Carol will inject the holiday spirit of giving into the most cheapskate, grumpiest member of your family.

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Review (Kid +1): Sleeping Beauty (Ross Petty Production)

Sleeping Beauty

Ross Petty’s Sleeping Beauty at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre is a grand crowd-pleaser. You’ll see a creative variation of this classic fairy tale that includes ninja dance moves, groan-worthy puns and a huge amount of audience participation, mostly in the form of laughter and booing. If you’re looking for a festive family outing for the holidays, see Sleeping Beauty! Continue reading Review (Kid +1): Sleeping Beauty (Ross Petty Production)

Review: The Swan Song: A Study in Terror (The NAGs Players)

The Swan SongThe Swan Song  is a “charming” and “marvelous” whodunnit on stage at the Tranzac in Toronto

The Swan Song: A Study in Terror is a charming whodunnit. Playing at the Tranzac Stage in Toronto, this murder mystery will tickle your funny bone and keep you on your toes — once you think you’re sure of whom the killer is, something will occur that places the potential guilt on someone else.

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