Canadian Stage’s Helen Lawrence uses technology to blend live theatre and film on the Toronto stage
Helen Lawrence is a visually stunning hybrid of theatre, film and visual art. The brainchild of Vancouver-based visual artist Stan Douglas and Canadian screenwriter Chris Haddock, the show takes the performances of live onstage actors filmed against a chromakey blue screen and blends them with CGI scenery to create a sort of real-time, live-action film that’s projected onto a scrim in front of the stage.
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The Second City Toronto opens its Fall 2014 Mainstage show Rebel Without A Cosmos
It’s that time of year again; the weather gets crisper, the kids go back to school and The Second City, that stalwart institution of comedy, debuts its annual Fall Mainstage revue. This newest edition is called Rebel Without a Cosmos.
The Second City’s Mainstage revues rely on a tried-and-true formula. It’s strictly middle brow humour; topical without being specifically timely, satirical but never incredibly biting or edgy (beyond dropping an occasional F-bomb) and safe enough for corporate hospitality groups and tourist bus tours. Continue reading Review: Rebel Without A Cosmos (The Second City)
Mirvish presents the return of the hit Broadway musical Wicked in Toronto through November 2, 2014
There’s no denying that Wicked is a phenomenon. In the ten years since the show opened on Broadway it has grossed $3.3 billion worldwide and has been seen by over 40 million people. The blockbuster Broadway musical has just flown back to Toronto’s Ed Mirvish theatre for a fourth engagement so if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen it yet, now’s your chance.
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Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre presents Glenn, a play about Canadian classical pianist Glenn Gould
Going into Soulpepper’s production of Glenn, Canadian playwright David Young’s kaleidoscopic biography of Glenn Gould, I was only familiar with the footnotes of Gould’s life and career. I knew that he was from Toronto (my friend lives in the building on St. Clair Avenue where Gould used to live, there’s a plaque outside stating as much), and that he was a fairly renowned classical pianist. But other than that I knew very little of the complex and controversial character that Gould was. Continue reading Review: Glenn (Soulpepper)
The issue of human smuggling surfaces in our collective conscience once in a while if a particularly horrific news story breaks when a boat load of refugees sinks or a shipping container full of dead would-be migrants is discovered. We wonder what kind of desperation would compel these people to pay smugglers exorbitant amounts of money to make such a perilous journey. The Container, a site-specific play staged inside an actual shipping container in Toronto as part of this year’s SummerWorks Festival shines a light on the stories of these individuals.
Continue reading The Container (The Container Collective) 2014 SummerWorks Review