All posts by Jenna Rocca

Announcement: Canadian Stage to bring the work of Egoyan, Crimp, Logan, Pite, Beckett and more to their 2011/12 Season

by Jenna Rocca

Canadian Stage will continue to bring Toronto groundbreaking and imaginative contemporary theatre with its just announced 2011-12 season. Yesterday, General and Artistic Director Matthew Jocelyn explained that he hopes to continue to”define and realize a new position for Canadian Stage,” working with what he describes as “original, bold, and fearless” artists, bringing the audience on “enchanting, unexpected, and thrilling theatrical voyages.”

The lineup of shows for the next season is indeed “bold” and draws a strong continuity with the programming of Jocelyn’s past seasons. With more exciting nude choreographic works, the works of international artists and a newly commissioned translation, the lineup is a veritable pastiche of the trends in the contemporary theatre scene, bringing together artists of both local and international scope. Continue reading Announcement: Canadian Stage to bring the work of Egoyan, Crimp, Logan, Pite, Beckett and more to their 2011/12 Season

Review: Eternal Hydra (Crow’s Theatre)

by Jenna Rocca

Crow’s Theatre‘s Eternal Hydra has been remounted in association with the Factory Theatre to great acclaim which is much deserved. This is one of the most original and compelling contemporary plays I have seen in quite a while, probably since Chris Abraham’s own The Patient Hour by Kristen Thomson, staged at Tarragon.

Abraham and Thomson are best known for the iconic collaboration known as I, Claudia perhaps the greatest work of Canadian theatre, in my humble opinion.

Eternal Hydra is very different, but no less bold. This show makes no hesitation and is practically religious in its solemnity, both in staging and performance. However there is still a child-like wonder in the presentation that gives it a subtle lightness that is really what makes it work so well. Continue reading Review: Eternal Hydra (Crow’s Theatre)