Toronto Theatre Features

Announcement: 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Award Winners (With Links to MoT Reviews)

Photo of Raoul Bhaneja hosting the 2017 Dora Mavor Moore AwardsSoulpepper, Tapestry Opera and The Theatre Centre, the big winners at the 38th Dora Awards

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) presented the 38th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards at a ceremony hosted by prolific Toronto actor and musician Raoul Bhaneja at the Elgin Theatre last night.

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Preview: Toronto International BuskerFest (Epilepsy Toronto)

20151208_IMG_20151028_001715The 17th annual Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy takes place Labour Day Weekend at Woodbine Park. Proceeds support Epilepsy Toronto, an organization that represents the approximately 4000 people in Toronto living with epilepsy. I did know this, but 1 in 100 people has epilepsy.

The festival features a superb musical lineup, including Juno award-winner Adam Solomon. Music is only a fraction of the attractions the festival has to offer. Acrobats, clowns, midway rides, stilt walkers, flaming hula hoops, and mimes will all play a part in the weekends delights. The festival will also include a car show for the first time this year.

I have attended the festival several times, and it is one of the highlights of the end of summer. We asked the folks at BuskerFest a few questions about changes to the festival, and what the weekend has in store. Continue reading Preview: Toronto International BuskerFest (Epilepsy Toronto)

Preview: Life Record (Pressgang Theatre)

LIFE RECORDS SHOW POSTERPressgang Theatre is remounting Life Records, a one-woman-show by Rhiannon Archer from the 2015 Fringe Festival. Archer uses songs that are entwined with personal memories to explore her life experiences. The show is both comedic and confessional, with a mix of lighthearted and horrifying stories.

We asked writer and performer Rhiannon Archer a few questions about the show. Continue reading Preview: Life Record (Pressgang Theatre)

Mooney on Theatre Recommends – 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival

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This past weekend Mooney on Theatre sent its dedicated team of 30 writers and editors to cover all 148 shows* in this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival! With the sheer number of shows available at the festival, picking the ones you want to see can be a daunting task.

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by the number of shows and you’re looking for a place to start, we’ve asked our staff to tell us about their favourite shows they’ve seen at this year’s festival. We hope our staff picks can help you navigate the Fringe.

If you’ve seen something you think is amazing that you think others should go see please let us know by leaving a comment.

And don’t forget to check out our complete list of Fringe reviews, Fringe Buzz features and our daily free ticket giveaways.

Happy Fringing!

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Announcement: 2016 Dora Mavor Moore Award Winners (With Links to MoT Reviews)

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Canadian Opera Company, Young People’s Theatre, Canadian Stage win big at the Doras

The Dora Mavor Moore Awards ceremony is the Toronto theatre community’s big night out to celebrate its own. This year the ceremony was hosted by award-winning Stratford Festival and Broadway alum Bruce Dow, who kept the pace swift and the tone irreverent, interjecting just enough humour and music to keep the proceedings interesting without causing the show to drag.

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Preview: The 2nd Annual Short Short Play Festival (Social Capital Theatre)

TheShortShortPlayFestivalPoster2016THISONEThe Social Capital Theatre is about to come alive with some of Canada’s best emerging and established talent with The 2nd Annual (ever!) Short Short Play Festival.

The festival runs from April 27th through May 1st, 2016 and is unique in that it features plays that are 20 minutes or less. The diverse lineup is presented as a “tasting menu”, with three plays during each time slot, giving the audience a wide range of characters, genres, and themes all within the span of one viewing.

We had the chance to speak with Melyssa Ade, the Artistic Director of The 2nd Annual Short Short Play Festival. Continue reading Preview: The 2nd Annual Short Short Play Festival (Social Capital Theatre)

Preview: The Wizard of Oz (Young People’s Theatre)

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Few stories have such cultural traction in young hearts and minds as The Wizard of Oz does, and few cultural institutions gets so much so right about what interests young people as does Young People’s Theatre. So it makes perfect sense that during their silver anniversary season (50 years!), YPT tackle the venerable, delightful tale of a young person who dreams vividly of a different life.

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Preview: Disgraced (Mirvish)

disgraced-photoMirvish presents the Toronto premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s Pultizer Prize-winning play Disgraced

Mirvish is producing the Toronto premiere of Disgraced, a new play by Pakistani-American writer Ayad Akhtar that grapples with issues like politics, religion, Muslim-American identity and Islamophobia. Disgraced received critical acclaim in Chicago, London, and New York, won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and will be one of the most-produced plays in North America this season.

We asked actor Raoul Bhaneja, who plays the lead role of Amir, a few questions about the show: Continue reading Preview: Disgraced (Mirvish)

Preview: New Ideas Festival (Alumnae Theatre)

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What do three women mountain climbers at the top of their game, a dysfunctional parent council, three curious housemaids, a group of at-risk kids in a rehab yoga class, a street canvasser, a South American cardinal with a shady past, and Irish poet W.B. Yeats have in common? If your instinct was to say “nothing at all,” then you might want to check out the fascinating lineup in store for you at the New Ideas Festival, running March 9 – 27 at Alumnae Theatre.

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Preview: Mikveh (Harold Green Jewish Theatre)

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On Sunday March 6th 2016, the Harold Green Jewish Theatre presents a dramatic reading of Mikveh, by Hadar Galron, at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. When Mikveh premiered in Israel in 2004, it was met with wide acclaim and some controversy. The show throws open the doors to not only a very private ritual in the Orthodox Jewish community (a mikveh is a bath used for ritual immersion, often used by women to regain purity after menstruation or childbirth), but also secrets and scandals that echo real ones faced by the community: felt, but rarely discussed. Continue reading Preview: Mikveh (Harold Green Jewish Theatre)