Review by Maarika Pinkney
When I entered the Canon Theatre, my expectations soared through the roof. I was about to see an international, highly acclaimed performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at LuminaTO!
There was fabulous jungle gym set (though only exposed once Act II commenced) and three drum kits at the sides of the stage just waiting to be played. Once the play began the lighting was done so perfectly it portrayed every emotion and separated each location flawlessly. There were also large hanging cloths and ropes hanging from the ceiling, just teasing me with visions of Cirque de Soliel-esque acrobatics.
However, despite being thoroughly impressed by the set and lighting design, I couldn’t bring myself to enjoy what happens to be my favourite Shakespeare play.
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Today the nominations for the Doras were announced. No big surprises in the list really. Basically I’m hoping that Intimate Apparel and all awards related to it get everything they are nominated for. It was a really amazing show, one of the best I’ve seen in many years.
by Megan Mooney
As is to be expected with these things, the launch of this puppy (aka website) has been a bit rocky. There’s a number of contributing factors, ranging from there being no time to breath, to a lack of available breathing time.
Unfortunately that means that there hasn’t been a ton of content up lately, and also, the layout is still the very very basic layout/design we started with. But not to worry my fine friends! Soon there will be a new design! Soon there will be new content! Soon there will be new… no, wait, that’s about it, new design, new content.
The new launch will be this weekend, so that we can coincide with all the great stuff being put on by LuminaTO and make sure we’re live for Fringe.
This of course will not be a ‘final’ version. First of all, it’s the web, there are no final versions, but also, this is a growing baby, we’ll be tweaking it along the way – so, if you have any suggestions or things you’d like to see, just let us know.
Stay tuned folks!
by Megan Mooney
So, I already have a post about this up at blogTO, so I’m not going to rehash the details here.
The short version, just in case you’re not up to speed on this, is that Mirvish is going to buy the Canon and Panasonic theatres, and DanCap really hates the idea. Hates the idea so much in fact, that they’re taking Mirvish and the company that currently owns the buildings to court.
But I really do want to say that I think this is quite funny to watch. I know that’s probably impolitic, and that I should be coming down on one side of the fence or another on this issue, but the truth is, I kinda don’t care.
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by Megan Mooney
One of the many great things about theatre in Toronto is that come spring there are festivals everywhere. For example, the CrossCurrents festival May 2 – 11, 2008 at Factory Theatre.
CrossCurrents brings forward works of ‘artists of colour’ from across Canada. Artists from visible-minorities are under represented in the theatre world in Canada. Things have improved in the last few years, but there is no denying that the Toronto theatre scene is not a representation of Toronto as a whole. Unlike the theatre scene, Canada and Toronto are filled with a variety of colours, hues and ethnicities. As the artistic producer of the CrossCurrents festival said “The inside of a TTC bus is what Canada is”.
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