Review by Maarika Pinkney
When I entered the Canon Theatre, my expectations soared through the roof. I was about to see an international, highly acclaimed performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at LuminaTO!
There was fabulous jungle gym set (though only exposed once Act II commenced) and three drum kits at the sides of the stage just waiting to be played. Once the play began the lighting was done so perfectly it portrayed every emotion and separated each location flawlessly. There were also large hanging cloths and ropes hanging from the ceiling, just teasing me with visions of Cirque de Soliel-esque acrobatics.
However, despite being thoroughly impressed by the set and lighting design, I couldn’t bring myself to enjoy what happens to be my favourite Shakespeare play.
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Failing Kansas, one of the shows in LuminaTO this year, got a long ovation on Friday night. The audience at Factory Theatre (which, incidentally, has big soft seats in their main space) obviously loved the piece. However, it was too intellectual to engage me on an emotional level, so I wasn’t applauding quite as enthusiastically as the woman beside me, or the couple cheering behind me.
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Review by Sam Mooney
Go see Black Watch! If you’re reading this on Friday morning – June 13 – there are 5 more performances. The play is based on interviews with soldiers – a tank crew – who served in Iraq with the Scottish Black Watch Regiment.
It’s an amazing theatrical experience. It’s funny, and sad, and horrifying. There’s singing and dancing, some quiet moments, and a lot of action.
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Review by Sam Mooney
Milles Femmes, part of Luminato, is “The artistic landscape of Toronto – celebrated in the faces of 1,000 magnificent women”. It’s a photo exhibition by French artist Pierre Maraval. Tonight was the gala opening – not exactly theatre but I’m reviewing it because Megan (the Mooney in Mooney on Theatre) is one of the Mille Femmes.
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A few months ago I remember seeing an image of two men, one stood menacingly over the other. He had a big rock in his hands and his arms were wound-back over his shoulders as if he were about to smash the other man’s head. After attending BLiNK, this image came back to me. I wondered about how that photo, taken in Kenya at the peak of recent violence, affected its photographer.
BLiNK is a new collective creation by the Soulpepper Academy about photojournalism presented as part of LuminaTO. Its narrative touches on the mechanics of the business, the blurry relationship between military forces and photographers (ostensibly during the American invasion of Iraq), the morally ambiguous exploitative relationship between subject and photographer (especially when the subject is a civilian in a war zone), and most significantly, on the emotional impact of the job.
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Today the nominations for the Doras were announced. No big surprises in the list really. Basically I’m hoping that Intimate Apparel and all awards related to it get everything they are nominated for. It was a really amazing show, one of the best I’ve seen in many years.
by Megan Mooney
As is to be expected with these things, the launch of this puppy (aka website) has been a bit rocky. There’s a number of contributing factors, ranging from there being no time to breath, to a lack of available breathing time.
Unfortunately that means that there hasn’t been a ton of content up lately, and also, the layout is still the very very basic layout/design we started with. But not to worry my fine friends! Soon there will be a new design! Soon there will be new content! Soon there will be new… no, wait, that’s about it, new design, new content.
The new launch will be this weekend, so that we can coincide with all the great stuff being put on by LuminaTO and make sure we’re live for Fringe.
This of course will not be a ‘final’ version. First of all, it’s the web, there are no final versions, but also, this is a growing baby, we’ll be tweaking it along the way – so, if you have any suggestions or things you’d like to see, just let us know.
Stay tuned folks!
by Megan Mooney
So, I already have a post about this up at blogTO, so I’m not going to rehash the details here.
The short version, just in case you’re not up to speed on this, is that Mirvish is going to buy the Canon and Panasonic theatres, and DanCap really hates the idea. Hates the idea so much in fact, that they’re taking Mirvish and the company that currently owns the buildings to court.
But I really do want to say that I think this is quite funny to watch. I know that’s probably impolitic, and that I should be coming down on one side of the fence or another on this issue, but the truth is, I kinda don’t care.
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by Megan Mooney
One of the many great things about theatre in Toronto is that come spring there are festivals everywhere. For example, the CrossCurrents festival May 2 – 11, 2008 at Factory Theatre.
CrossCurrents brings forward works of ‘artists of colour’ from across Canada. Artists from visible-minorities are under represented in the theatre world in Canada. Things have improved in the last few years, but there is no denying that the Toronto theatre scene is not a representation of Toronto as a whole. Unlike the theatre scene, Canada and Toronto are filled with a variety of colours, hues and ethnicities. As the artistic producer of the CrossCurrents festival said “The inside of a TTC bus is what Canada is”.
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