By Michelle Barker
Hard and Able is unlike anything that I have ever seen. I’m pretty sure that’s what Jay Stewart intended when combining the ingredients to make this cabaret, featuring acts performed by those identifying as queer and disabled. Continue reading Hard and Able – a jay stewart project
By Trent Scherer
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, BuskerFest has brought hundred’s of the best street performers from around the world. Partnering with Scotiabank, BuskerFest has managed to bring in close to one million dollars for Epilepsy Toronto. Continue reading BuskerFest – Scotiabank
Next in the subscription series profiles is Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
I’ve already said on this blog that ‘non-theatre’ people have told me that they’re intimidated by theatre, and that’s part of what spurred me on in the development of this site. I want people to know there’s nothing to be intimidated by. I bring this up now because I have heard from people that sometimes they’re *extra* intimidated by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
I suspect it is an unfortunate a danger of the perception of a niche market. People worry that if they’re not part of the niche they won’t ‘get it’ and will not be welcome to the show. So, in this case, I think people are worried that if they’re not queer, they’ll somehow be unwelcome. I suspect that theatre companies like Fu-Gen, who focus on theatre by Asian playwrights, have to deal with the same assumptions from non-Asian audiences. This is, of course, patently untrue.
Continue reading 2009 Theatre Subscription Series Profiles – Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
By Megan Mooney
Next in the subscription series profiles is Tarragon Theatre.
Since Tarragon was founded in 1970, this would be their 39th season. You’ll notice some trends in when theatres started as we go through this. There was a big boom in Canadian theatre in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s which has grown into a nice rich ever-changing theatrical tradition in this country.
And so, now, onto the specifics of the 2009-10 season at Tarragon and their subscription series:
Continue reading 2009 Theatre Subscription Series Profiles – Tarragon Theatre
by Lucy Allen
We all too often hear of the greatness of Shakespeare’s writing, but we rarely hear about the playwrights who had the misfortune of being his contemporaries. This is a problem that Vile Passeist Theatre seeks to remedy by staging these other early modern plays. The recent result is a somewhat uneven yet engaging interpretation of The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster, now playing at the Walmer Centre Theatre.
Continue reading The Duchess of Malfi- Vile Passeist Theatre
By Megan Mooney
So, I’ve already said that I think a subscription series is one of the best ways to enjoy theatre. In the coming weeks I’m going to profile individual theatre companies and talk about subscription series they’re offering for 2009-10.
Let’s start with Soulpepper.
Continue reading 2009 Theatre Subscription Series Profiles – Soulpepper
By Trent Scherer
I am not certain how a ‘live’ performance can be watched in a virtual reality world but I attempted to attend Z. Sharon Glantz’s I Gave at the Office. Continue reading I Gave at the Office – Second Life
by Dana Lacey
I’m glad I choose to see rAiz’n the sun ensemble’s SummerWorks performance of The Centre at the peak of one of the hottest days of this otherwise rain-drenched summer. As the lights dimmed at The Factory Theatre, the air was filled with the soothing, almost-breezy humming of worship. I forgot my discomfort and instantly slipped into the play. Two groups of women were introduced: five from the past (which is actually our present) and four from a thousand years in the future who are tasked with stopping a worker’s rebellion. They decide to travel back and examine a group of women who’ve agreed to exchange their opinions for money in The Centre: what we 21st-century people call a focus group. Continue reading Summerworks 2009 – The Centre – Factory Theatre
by Sam Mooney
Billy Bishop Goes to War – a Soulpepper production – is an example of how amazing Canadian theatre can be, and how enduring.
Continue reading Billy Bishop Goes to War – Soulpepper
by Lucy Allen
For all of our efforts to bring awareness to global poverty, we all too often forget that the same issues are right in our own backyard. Project Humanity’s The Middle Place, playing now in the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace as part of the Summerworks Festival, sheds light on the lives on several Toronto youths living in a shelter in one of Toronto’s roughest neighbourhoods. The result is an eye-opening and moving look at the individuals of this marginalized community. Continue reading Summerworks 2009- The Middle Place- Project Humanity