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Review: The Office Spaceballs (Queens Players)


Queen’s University alumni form the Queen’s Players Toronto Theatre Group. This year, the Queen’s Players present a cabaret-style show called The Office Spaceballs at the Tranzac Theatre. The show runs from June 16-18, and 23-25.

The theatre group’s president, Peter Higgins, warned me that the show would be like no other show I have been to. He said it was “part sketch-comedy, part rock-concert, part keg party.” I would say this description is pretty accurate.

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Review: Urinetown (Cats Mainstage Theatre Company)


The last performance of Urinetown by the Cats Mainstage Theatre Company ran last night to a sold-out house at the Theatre Passe Muraille. The play ran in Toronto from June 8 to June 11, 2011.

I had the pleasure of watching this 10-time Tony-nominated musical for the first time, which won Best Book, Score and Direction. Urinetown has also won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical.

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Review: Present Laughter (East Side Players)

by Tiffany Budhyanto

From left to right: Nicole Downie, Robert Ouellette, Ted Powers, Daryn Dewalt

Toronto’s East Side Players presents Noel Coward’s classic comedy Present Laughter at Todmorden Mills’ Papermill Theatre from May 26 to June 11, 2011.

Located in the historic Todmorden Mills heritage site is the charming Papermill Theatre. Large wooden beams, red brick walls and a gallery of paintings create a pleasant atmosphere where the local community can enjoy theatre.

The company’s last production of the season, Present Laughter, portrays a narcissistic middle-aged actor named Garry Essendine in 1939 preparing to leave for a production run in Africa. Lusting women, a crazed playwright, his ex-wife, and his bitter secretary all get in the way of his plans.

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Eye-Catching Toronto Theatre for the Week of June 6, 2011

Here are all of the shows we wish we could get out and see this week! Take your pick from our list of great theatre escapes for the week of June 6th, 2011:

** Shows marked with the double asterisks and in red are the ones that make Wayne, our managing editor, wish he could exist in multiple parallel universes so he could check them all out.

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Announcement: Paul Gross to star with Kim Cattrall in Private Lives this fall

by Tiffany Budhyanto


David Mirvish revealed Tuesday that Paul Gross will be starring alongside film star Kim Cattrall in the Mirvish production of Private Lives this fall. The show will run from September 17 to October 30 at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre before hitting Broadway.

“When I attended the recent London production of Private Lives – directed by the great Sir Richard Eyre, produced by my very good friends Paul Elliott and Duncan Weldon, and starring the magnetic and irresistible Kim Cattrall – I knew we had to find a way to bring this production to Toronto,” said Mirvish at the press launch.

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