The Belle of Winnipeg: The Keystone Ensemble

by Ryan Oakley

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The Belle of Winnipeg, playing at the Winchester Street Theatre, fulfilled a long-time wish of mine: Actors were silent. Throughout the entire play, not a single actor said a single word.

This wasn’t done in the spirit of some German art-house, where they moped about the stage, sadly reflecting on the meaninglessness of life, but in the style of a silent movie. Set to live piano music and using film projection, the play tells the story of a bride in 1882 who, without prospects, runs away to Winnipeg and finds herself in a bordello. Those who have read enough history to know the likely fate of such a woman will be surprised to learn that hilarity, rather than horror, ensues.

Or is supposed to.

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Theatre Toronto Contest – Win Free Tickets to No Exit

contest-web-graphic-genericWould you like to win two absolutely free tickets to see Nightwood Theatre‘s presentation of Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential masterpiece No Exit? If you would, then all that you have to do to win them is to send an e-mail to us at: contests@mooneyontheatre.com with the subject line: “No Exit Contest”.

Then the lucky 13th person who sends us an e-mail will win themselves two tickets to the Thursday Nov. 12 performance of No Exit at the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Continue reading Theatre Toronto Contest – Win Free Tickets to No Exit

August: Osage County- Steppenwolf Theatre Company

by Lucy Allen

Estelle Parsons & Shannon Cochran in August: Osage County

 

There is a wealth of material available when it comes to shows about family dysfunction, and I’ve seen many through my life. Wandering into the Canon Theatre tonight, my ever sceptic brain wondered whether August: Osage County would live up to the hype that its Tony and Pulitzer Prize awards had given it. The answer is yes, yes it does. Continue reading August: Osage County- Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Beneath the Banyan Tree – Theatre Direct Canada

By Crystal Wood

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Beneath the Banyan Tree, presented by Theatre Direct at Artscape Wychwood Barns, presented an interesting challenge for this reviewer.

I don’t have kids, I didn’t bring a little one with me, and I don’t usually find myself in the market for a piece of family theatre. So, would Beneath the Banyan Tree hold my attention for the full 60 minutes? Survey says: yes, it did. Continue reading Beneath the Banyan Tree – Theatre Direct Canada

Debbie Does Dallas the Musical and Hedwig and the Angry Inch by Ghostlight Projects

I promise you right now that it was not because I really thought that there was any chance of seeing hardcore sex on stage at the Theatre Centre that made me want to see Ghostlight Projects production’s of Debbie Does Dallas the Musical & Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Honestly! My curiosity was piqued because I really didn’t have any idea how you could bring either of these shows to the stage successfully. Of course, Hedwig started as a stage production, but I didn’t know that at the time.

If you haven’t heard of Ghostlight Projects productions by the way, it’s because they’re brand new. Bringing to the stage versions of two cult movies, (one which features lots of sex, and the other lots of great music), is an excellent way to introduce themselves to Toronto audiences and hopefully make a name for themselves.

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Winner of This Week's Free Ticket Contest

Congratulations Roger, you and a guest will be seeing The Belle of Winnipeg at the Winchester Street Theatre tonight at 8 pm. All Roger did to win these two free tickets was send us an email with the subject line: “The Belle of Winnipeg Contest”.

Everyone will have another chance to win free tickets to a different show this Monday November 9, as a new contest will be posted on this site then.

In the meantime you can buy tickets to The Belle of Winnipeg for a mere $22, and only $17.50 if you’re a student/senior/unemployed etc. Continue reading Winner of This Week's Free Ticket Contest

Over – Theatre Caravel

By Darryl D’Souza

Over - Eric Double & Julia Nish-Lapidus - Photo by Sean Lypaczewski

Yesterday I had the pleasure of seeing Over, a very well written play at the Somewhere There Theatre (340 Dufferin St.). The play is about, among other things, the incestuous love between Mann (played by: Eric Double), and his sister Otter (played by: Julia Nish-Lapidus). This production of Over is the first play to be performed by the newly formed Theatre Caravel theatre company, whose co-founders are actors: Eric Double and Julia Nish-Lapidus.

Over was written about 17 years ago by Toronto based playwright/performance artist Darren O’Donnell. This was at least the fourth staging, including one in 1994 by acclaimed playwright/filmmaker Daniel MacIvor.

The play is not a serious drama about the transgression of sexual boundaries between a brother and sister, but rather a comedy very much in the tradition of the Theatre of the Absurd. While I admit that I didn’t laugh as often as the others in the audience, I certainly did appreciate the calibre of writing.

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Toronto Theatre Contest – Win Free Tickets To The Belle of Winnipeg

contest-web-graphic-genericWould you like to win two absolutely free tickets to see The Belle of Winnipeg? Of course you would. To be the lucky winner all you have to do is send an e-mail to contests@mooneyontheatre.com with the subject line: “The Belle of Winnipeg Contest”.

The lucky 13th person who sends us an e-mail will win themselves two tickets to the Thursday Nov. 5 performance of The Belle of Winnipeg at the Winchester Street Theatre. Continue reading Toronto Theatre Contest – Win Free Tickets To The Belle of Winnipeg