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.
Continue reading Debbie Does Dallas the Musical and Hedwig and the Angry Inch by Ghostlight Projects
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
By Sam Mooney
Go see The Drowning Girls.
(My editor says that isn’t enough of a review so…)
The Drowning Girls is a joint production of Tarragon and Bent Out of Shape Productions and it’s wonderful. Energetic, vibrant, funny, and very wet.
Continue reading The Drowning Girls – Tarragon Theatre
Review will be coming soon, but since it’s closing on Saturday, and since I enjoyed it so much, I wanted to post a note advising you to go see Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Theatre Centre. Well worth the trip to Queen west, but take earplugs if you have sensitive ears.
By Darryl D’Souza
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.
Continue reading Over – Theatre Caravel
Would 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
By Crystal Wood
I attended a workshop presentation of Spin, by theatre creator Evalyn Parry, it was a one-night event as part of the Hysteria Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
Spin is a multi-disciplinary piece featuring: music, spoken-word poetry, monologues and visual projections. Made up of approximately a dozen segments, I felt the same way about Spin that I do about CDs. (A fitting analogy, I hope, as Parry is also a musician and was in fact selling her CD last night.) What I mean is that I generally don’t like every song on a CD. I love some songs, like a few, and then there are one or two that I feel should probably have been left off entirely. (My show partner, Joanne, was trying to come up with a bicycle metaphor on the way home. Something about how you can love the handlebar streamers but still find the banana seat uncomfortable? I think mine works better).
Continue reading Spin – Hysteria Festival – Buddies in Bad Times
By John Bourke
Carmen Aguirre, the author and performer of the piece, tells the audience at the opening of the show that Blue Box, is not the real title of the show. The real title is Blue Cunt, but she thought it would be difficult to publicise with that name. Fair enough, you really shouldn’t say cunt in public. It’s impolite. Blue Cunt, by the way, is apparently the female version of Blue Balls, which happens when you don’t get enough sex. I had never heard of it before this show – who says you don’t learn anything going to the theatre?
Blue “Box” is part of the 2009 Hysteria Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. It is a story pulled from Aguirre’s own life experiences. It tells of a youth in the Chilean resistance, her two husbands, encounters with a “vision man”, making a living as an arts worker in Vancouver, and having visitations from her dead grandmother.
Continue reading HYSTERIA 2009 – Blue Box by Carmen Aguirre
By Sam Mooney
Nightwood Theatre’s mission is to produce “essential theatre by women” , and to celebrate Nightwood Theatre’s 30th Anniversary Season they’re having a 4×4 Festival, – 4 plays directed by women. Tonight my friend Pat and I went to see That Face, playing at The Berkeley Street Theatre, the first play in the series.
Based on the publicity I was expecting a play about the fun in dysfunctional. The blurb that I read said that: – That Face is a powerful and darkly comic exploration of children who become parents to their parents.”
Continue reading That Face – Nightwood Theatre – Berkeley Street Theatre
By Sam Mooney
Tonight I spent another evening being read to at the International Festival of Authors (IFOA). I realized that if authors are going to stand on a stage and read, they need to have a stage presence. That isn’t to say that any of them didn’t, rather some authors had presence in spades.
Linwood Barclay could stand on stage reading from the phone book and manage to stop at a place that would make me rush out to buy the phone book, just so that I could finish reading it.
He read from Fear the Worst. One sentence. A brilliant opening sentence.
And then read from his new novel that will be published in the spring.
Continue reading International Festival of Authors – Linwood Barclay, John Brady, Jennica Harper, Ian Rankin