The Refugee Hotel – Alameda Theatre Company

By Megan Mooney

Juan Carlos Velis, Beatriz Pizano and Leanna Brodie

I had to steel myself for this one.  I was convinced that Alameda Theatre Company’s world premier of Carmen Aguirre’s The Refugee Hotel was going to kick me in the gut.  I was convinced that I was going to feel dragged down by the whole thing.  And, don’t get me wrong, the piece is by no means what I’d call “easy”, but the heart-wrenching content is nicely balanced by a great deal of humour.

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Twelfth Night – Urban Bard Productions

by Sam Mooney

twelfth-night

Someone must have told director Scott Moyle to go play in the park.  He did.  And took a bunch of friends with him.  The result is Urban Bard’s production of Twelfth Night now playing in the courtyard behind College Park.

You’re probably thinking that this is just another Shakespeare in the park kind of performance.  It isn’t.  The courtyard is a big space and the action – with audience tagging along – moves around and makes use of it.  It was wonderful

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2009 Theatre Subscription Series – Theatre Passe Muraille

By Megan Mooney

Next in the subscription series profiles is Theatre Passe Muraille.

This is the 42nd season of Theatre Passe Muraille.  I’ll admit a bias here – I have loved Theatre Passe Muraille ever since I was first introduced to them in university (I lived a wee sheltered theatre life before university).  I’ve never worked for them or anything, I just, I don’t know, there’s something there I connected with.

I subsequently have fallen in love with many theatres in Toronto, but Passe Muraille, well, they were my first, and you always have a certain place in your heart for your first, right?

And now, onto the info about Theatre Passe Muraille’s 2009-10 season and subscription series.

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The Guardsman – Soulpepper Theatre Company

by Sam Mooney

The Guardsman Soulpepper

The Guardsman – presented by Soulpepper Theatre Company – is a romantic comedy. I’m saying this up front because if you only saw the poster on the Soulpepper site you might be expecting something dark and difficult. 

My show partner got stuck in Brampton so I was on my own last night and had to resort to eavesdropping during intermission.  I overheard a few people saying that they were surprised (pleasantly) that the show was a comedy. 

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The Zoo Story – Red One Theatre

By Crystal Wood

Zoo Story

Edward Albee’s first play The Zoo Story is a conversation between two strangers who meet on a park bench. So Red One Theatre decided to forego actually renting theatre space and carting around a bench prop, and is staging it on park benches across the city throughout September.

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2009 Theatre Subscription Series – Harbourfront’s World Stage

Next in the subscription series profiles is Harbourfront’s World Stage.

This one is a bit different than the other series.  It isn’t a focus on Canadian theatre, it’s not even a focus on Toronto productions, in fact, just the opposite, World Stage focuses on bringing to Toronto, “unrivalled works of international and national theatre, dance, music and multidisciplinary performance from the globe’s leading artists.”

This means that there are Canadian offerings, we do, of course, create “unrivalled works”, but you also get to experience stuff from Ireland, England, Australia, Belgium, Germany, and France.

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2009 Theatre Subscription Series Profiles – Canadian Stage Company

By Megan Mooney

Next in the subscription series profiles is the Canadian Stage Company.  

Last year’s season had a conspicuous lack of Canadian content on the main stage.  Theatre folks (myself included) were all a tizzy that a place called the Canadian Stage Company was so lacking in Cancon.  Well, I’m very happy to tell you, it looks like CanStage got the hint, so this year you’ll see some excellent Canadian scripts played out on the big Bluma Appel stage.

And so, now, onto the specifics of the 2009-10 season at the Canadian Stage Company and their subscription series:

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