Eye-catching Toronto live theatre for the week of September 12, 2010

Here are all of the shows we wish we could get out and see this week! Take your pick from our list of great theatre escapes for the week of September 12, 2010:

** Shows marked with the double asterisks and in red are the ones that make Megan, our editor, wish she could clone herself so she could check them all out. Continue reading Eye-catching Toronto live theatre for the week of September 12, 2010

Review: Drama & Desire (Art Gallery of Ontario)

By Crystal Wood

If you’re the kind of person who has ever gone on a behind-the-scenes tour at a theatre and thought “Neat! I want to see more!”, you will probably enjoy Drama & Desire: Artists and the Theatre at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

This show is a look at how art forms bleed together, featuring music, paintings, costumes, theatre sets, live performance and more. Since it’s set at the AGO, visual art is obviously key, but the show makes a couple of good points. 1) Theatre has long informed visual artists, and 2) theatre actually is visual art in its own right.

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Review: The Shoeless Comedy Troupe

by Jenna Rocca

The Shoeless Comedy Troupe offer up unadulterated improv-style humour in the rich Toronto Tradition of SCTV and the Kids in the Hall. Effective and elegant incorporation of drag, musical numbers, dance and other dalliances are hung before us like paper stars. The troupe, mostly products of the Second City Training conservatory, is well-versed in mime, accents, and other arts, and there are no props if it can be avoided. Continue reading Review: The Shoeless Comedy Troupe

Mooney on Theatre is Looking for Editorial Interns

Terms of the internship

Mooney on Theatre’s editorial internship is an unpaid 12-week program for candidates who are interested in working in journalism (September 20 – December 10). Although geared towards those with an interest in new media and the arts, the application process is open to all candidates interested in editorial work. Some previous experience working with a publication is an asset to your application, however not essential. The internship offers an opportunity for “hands-on” learning and Mooney on Theatre will provide training. The internship is also flexible to accommodate school and work schedules. There is also the possibility of an extension to a second term. We are looking for two people passionate about journalism and the arts to come on board as interns and gain invaluable hands-on editorial experience. Continue reading Mooney on Theatre is Looking for Editorial Interns

Review: Doc – Soulpepper

Family drama unfolds in Sharon Pollock’s play at the Young Centre

By Crystal Wood


Soulpepper’s current production of Doc, playing at the Young Centre until September 18, feels at once very familiar and very unique.

It’s familiar because it’s a family drama that deals with unhappy people, hiding their secrets and battling their demons. (I’ve read more than one comparison to Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night.) But it’s unique because playwright Sharon Pollock uses subtle writing and interesting time shifts to tell this nearly universal story in a new way.

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Eye-catching Toronto live theatre for the week of September 5, 2010

Here are all of the shows we wish we could get out and see this week! Take your pick from our list of great theatre escapes for the week of September 5, 2010:

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Review: Something Wicked Awesome This Way Comes (Second City Toronto)

By Megan Mooney

Second City Something Wicked Awesome Adam Cawley, Kris Siddiqi and Rob Baker

One of the things I love about going to a Second City show is that I know I’m going to get to laugh.  Even if there are skits that drag, things that aren’t stupendous, there is *always* something I’ll like.  I will *always* laugh. 

Compared to the previous more theatrical revue, Second City for Mayor, the current one, Something Wicked Awesome This Way Comes seemed to bring the company back to more pure sketch comedy roots, and it works. 

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Review: You Are Here (Rep21)

by Jenna Rocca

By Jenna Rocca

Rep 21 is the culmination of the work of final year students of the Canadore College Theatre Arts program, a production series that was this year staged at Theatre Passe Muraille.

One of the season’s productions was Daniel MacIvor’s You Are Here, a sentimental and miserable tale of a young woman who seems to have no motivations, specific ambitions, or desires. It inevitably ends messily and left this reviewer wondering why she should really care about the character, when it seemed from the outset that she never really cared about herself.

Madelaine Redican plays Alison, the anti-heroine who tells her own story through monologue, whine, and vignettes. Personally, I wasn’t a fan of the tone of MacIvor’s piece, it felt overly stilted and repetitive, perhaps to be more naturalistic sounding. Despite that, Redicon makes an attempt to make it all seem charming and sincere, pounding her eyebrows against her forehead with determined earnestness.

Joshua Bainbridge, as her Kevin Smith-like best-friend-who-is-obviously-the-love-of-her-life-but-no-one-seems-to-care gives a pretty dull character some charm. He’s really the only thing that seems to ever cheer Alison up. But this is all in vain when he suddenly becomes a suicidal drug-addict with no forewarning, aside from the earlier establishment that he is addiction-prone. Alison’s character, however neurotic, doesn’t seem to have a pre-existing tendency to become an addict, but their narratives each reach the same tragic conclusions.

There is a lot of pretty late-nineties quasi-spiritualism through which Alison tries to make sense of her life by referring to the “You Are Here” sticker on mall maps, using banal, almost childlike language. She speaks with very deliberate repetition and trips in MacIvor’s writing. This style, common to many modern playwrights, such as Harold Pinter, attempts to mimic the natural course of speaking. To me it actually sounds more stiff: “I knew I wanted to. I knew I wanted to blah, blah, blah. I wanted to,” for example.

The students of Canadore College did what they could with what felt like lifeless and draining material and pretty straight directing by an instructor. In fact, the students’ enthusiasm was quite penetrable.

This production ran in July of 2010, more information can be found on the Rep 21 website. It will be interesting to see what they bring us in the summer of 2011.