Review: Welcome to My Underworld (RARE Theatre Company/Soulpepper)

photo of Bilal Baig in Welcome to My UnderworldToronto’s Rare Theatre Company presents a collection of plays featuring marginalized voices

Welcome to My Underworld is like a theatrical collection of short stories. Playing at Soulpepper Theatre in Toronto’s Distillery District, these nine poignant plays give voice to many untold experiences, under the direction of change-maker Judith Thompson. Continue reading Review: Welcome to My Underworld (RARE Theatre Company/Soulpepper)

Review: Inner Elder (NativeEarth/Nightwood Theatre)

In the era of Truth and Reconciliation, Michelle Thrush’s one-woman show, Inner Elder, is an engaging breath of fresh air for anyone who hasn’t gotten around to reading the report yet. Written by Michelle Thrush and directed by Karen Hines, the hour-long show is part storytelling, part stand-up and very funny. Thrush effectively uses humour to tackle heavy subject matter such as anti-Indigenous racism and stereotypes, residential schools and land claims. Continue reading Review: Inner Elder (NativeEarth/Nightwood Theatre)

Playlistings for the Week of May 13th, 2019

Shows that Caught Our Eye in Toronto for the Week of May 13th, 2019.

MoT is here with fabulous suggestions for the theatre-goer in you! Spring has finally arrived, and so has Toronto’s busiest theatre season. MoT Publisher, Megan has highlighted some of the most exciting options in red! Take a look at our list below and we guarantee you’ll find your next theatrical obsession!

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Review: The Brothers Size (Soulpepper)

Soulpepper Theatre presents a play by Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney in Toronto

Soulpepper Theatre presents The Brothers Size, currently on stage at the Young Center for the Performing Arts, an intimate and hypnotic exploration into brotherhood paired with Yoruban orishas. Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Academy Award winner for his screenplay for Moonlight, and directed by Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, this performance combines live music, ritual, and the characters’ highly nuanced relationships making for a magical experience. Continue reading Review: The Brothers Size (Soulpepper)

Review: Beautiful Man (Factory Theatre)

Photo of Mayko Nguyen, Ashley Botting, Sofía Rodríguez, and Jesse LaVercombe by Joseph Michael Photography

Toronto’s Factory Theatre closes its season with Erin Shields’ searingly feminist satirical play

On Wednesday night, a few friends and I watched a popular sci-fi movie in celebration of its 10th anniversary. Though the film had positive aspects, we were struck by how terribly it treated the few women on screen; they seemed to be there almost solely either to give birth to more important characters, undress for viewer enjoyment, or die in horribly violent ways to create pain for the male protagonists. Erin Shields’ Beautiful Man, the last show of Factory Theatre’s 49th season, is a searingly feminist reaction against the long-standing male gaze in media, which tends to reduce women to objects, or a means to an end.

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Review: Tchaikovsky: PRO et CONTRA (Eifman Ballet/Show One Productions/TO Live)

Image of Eifman Ballet: Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA provided by Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg.Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg returns to Toronto with a ballet inspired by Tchaikovsky’s life

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is one of the the most well-known and widely-loved classical music composers of all time. He’s the auteur of monumental and enduringly popular ballets, operas, and symphonies. The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg has created Tchaikovsky: PRO et CONTRA, a show inspired by the composer’s life and drawing music and imagery from his numerous compositions. Continue reading Review: Tchaikovsky: PRO et CONTRA (Eifman Ballet/Show One Productions/TO Live)

Playlistings for the Week of May 6th, 2019

Shows that Caught Our Eye in Toronto for the Week of May 6th, 2019.

MoT is here with fabulous suggestions for the theatre-goer in you! Spring has finally arrived, and so has Toronto’s busiest theatre season. Our Managing Editor, Wayne has highlighted his top choices in redTake a look at our list below and we guarantee you’ll find your next theatrical obsession!

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Review: 887 (Canadian Stage/Ex Machina)

Robert Lepage brings 887 back to Toronto audiences at Canadian Stage

Canadian arts eminence Robert Lepage, notable as a director and designer for decades, has been making new narrative work the last few years. This includes the recent 887, a memory play currently running at Canadian Stage, tracing an early part of Lepage’s history with his family, childhood home, class, and relationship to the FLQ and the Quebec separatists movement.

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