from the keyboard of: Alex Rayment
So in case you don’t know, I loves the improvs. When I heard that Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage was putting on an improv show, I had to check it out…but unfourtunately it hasn’t happened yet which is why I’m writing this preview.
You, oh readers of the interwebs, have won the glorious chance to be my date(s) to an improv show about someone else’s date and it will only cost you $25. Blind Date is about a woman, played by the brilliant Rebecca Northan, who gets stood up and is forced to turn to the audience to find someone brave and willing to fill the empty void at the table and in her heart.
In case I haven’t mentioned this, she and her randomly chosen audience member (maybe you) are making this up as they go along. I think it sounds like a blast and wouldn’t miss it for the world. The show has a limited run of five nights and opens Tuesday March 3rd, so if you’re as interested as I am – get on your horse and book some tickets.
– Show runs March 3-7 at the Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West)
– Doors are at 7pm, show at 8 pm.
– Tickets are $25 and can be bought online (www.harbourfrontcentre.com) or via phone -416 973 4000
by Megan Mooney
Sometimes things combine to make a really delightful experience. In the case of the East Side Players production of David Auburn’s Proof, it was some wonderful direction from a first-time director, a great script, and some strong actors, to just name a few.
I often have some trepidation when going to a ‘community theatre’. Don’t get me wrong, I have worked with community theatre in the past, and am really glad they’re around, but lets face it, sometimes the shows at community theatres leave a bit to be desired. That’s not the case with this show (and, given Dana’s experience with Tartuffe, I suspect it’s generally not the case with East Side Players).
Continue reading Proof – East Side Players
So, I’m no longer pregnant. I am now a mum. It’s bloody cool.
It does mean that I’m still a bit slower than usual in the posting realm. I have a review that will be going up shortly, it’s for the East Side Players production of David Auburn’s Proof.
Here’s the really short version… I really liked it. There was some great chemistry between the leads, and the directing was nice and tight (and impressive for a director’s debut piece). Also, it’s a script that I’ve never encountered before, but really enjoyed. All in all, a very enjoyable evening out.
I’m doing the quickie version here just in case someone wants to make their way to a matinee on Sunday. Otherwise you can wait for my longer, and hopefully more enlightening version that I will get up as soon as possible.
By the way, the picture has nothing to do with Proof, it’s me and my partner and our wee one that my sister-in-law, Trina Koster, took of us in our exhausted stupor…
by Mark Augustine
Funny! Incredibly harsh but extremely funny! Maja Ardal’s performance in You Fancy Yourself at the Theatre Passe Muraille backspace deserves kudos for the effort and talent she exerts to transform harsh schoolyard life and childhood torment into a comedy juggernaut. This one-woman show will catch the audience off-guard with the clean and deliberate energy that kept me applauding for more even after 2 hours.
Continue reading You Fancy Yourself – Theatre Passe Muraille (backspace)
Review by Mark Augustine
Q: What do you get when you cross the Twilight Zone with Italian Opera and throw in Norma Desmond as the lead character?
A: I’ll be damned if I know. But it’s pretty much what you can expect from Zona Pellucida – a 45 min. one person show from Montreal which played at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
My friend Earnest and I didn’t really know what to expect from “Zona Pellucida”. The posters gave little indication of plot and the programme offered little more. It is one of those kinds of shows where you sit there for the first ten minutes thinking “Ok, I just need to concentrate harder and maybe I’ll get the purpose here!” By the time we hit 25 minutes I just decided to sit back and enjoy the ride.
Continue reading Zona Pellucida & the Needle Exchange (A Double Bill) – Buddies in Bad Times Theatre