Tag Archives: Theater

SEX T-REX ROARS

SEX T-REX ROARS IN CRIME AFTER CRIME (AFTER CRIME) Toronto theatre team scores in a phenomenal parody of crime film genres. Period genres in the movies carry markings as distinct as leopard spots. For example, in film noir of the … Continue reading

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STONER FARCE FOR THE AGES

Hit ‘stoner’ comedy takes off! FARCE ON A GRAND SCALE In January, 2004, the decent folk of Barrie, Ontario, had their innocence shattered. On a far-fetched tip, the police swarmed a huge building, once the site of the Molson’s brewery, … Continue reading

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A TIMELY STORY

      The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, is one of the most beautiful in the country. Its interior is an architectural gem of the Victorian era, with a vast, cosy stage that provides the ideal frame for one … Continue reading

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SPAGHETTI HITS THE FAN

    This week, I made my first visit to The Spaghetti Variety Show, a recurring event, staged by Joel Edmiston and his comrades-in-comedy, stand-up comics and actors. The Spaghetti Variety Show is fast developing a cult following and I … Continue reading

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NEW CULT TEXAS COMEDY

    I wrote my dark, outrageous comedy, The Lady in Shoes from Hell about 30 years ago. But it was not until I showed it to Rosemary Doyle, the Artistic Director of the Red Sandcastle Theatre, was the work … Continue reading

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A LOOK IN THE MIRROR

  This production of Alex Dault’s play, The Five Points, premieres in the handsome Mady Centre, on a corner of The Five Points, a series of intersecting streets in downtown Barrie, Ontario. Dault created the drama from hundreds of interviews, … Continue reading

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A FASCINATING THRILLER PREMIERES

    (Left to right) Kyle Bailey, Alexander Thomas in Stephen Joffe’s Letters to Annabelle. Photo by John Gundy. Last night, I took in Stephen Joffe’s new play, Letters to Annabelle, at the MAY Cafe, premiering during the Fringe festival. … Continue reading

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FLYING OVER THE MOON

Chasse-Galerie is a joyful, rip-roaring musical. It’s so much fun, the audience can hardly keep still. Watching a brilliant cast, singing their hearts out, you find yourself joining in, and laughing out loud. It premiered last year, at the tiny … Continue reading

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THE TYRANNY OF PERFECT

Last week, I dropped by to see a rehearsal by Theatre Parallax Toronto. Soon, the company will open with a performance piece called KATA. KATA is primarily a silent narrative illustrated with men in motion, dramatizing the story. Four male … Continue reading

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A CHILLING INCANDESCENCE

The inspiration for both the  Italian Mime Suicide and Three Red Days springs from real-life events. In the hands of ordinary artists, the ideas embodied in these two distinct shows might come off as silly or so abstract, no one … Continue reading

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THE HOTTEST SHOW IN TOWN

Media mogul Moses Znaimer and hit playwright Kat Sandler have teamed up to offer Toronto the hottest ticket in town. Sandler’s new play, Late Night, a wild comedy about several career meltdowns during a live TV broadcast, is actually staged … Continue reading

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MALE BONDING IN THE ATTIC

  One of the reasons I like going to the Attic Arts Hub is the total experience. It’s in Leslieville, one of Toronto’s nicest neighbourhood, bespeckled with shops and restaurants and pubs, like The Roy Public House. The Attic Arts … Continue reading

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WHEN THE WHEELS FALL OFF THE LANDAU CARRIAGE

MILF LIFE CRISIS, written and performed by Anne Marie Scheffler, is a comic romp through the stress of a woman, with children, getting a divorce. Appearing alone on stage, Scheffler becomes the husband who rejects her, her various girlfriends, and … Continue reading

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CASTLE FULL OF MONKEYS

  I was thrilled to attended the 4th Annual 1000 Monkeys Play Writing Festival at the Red Sandcastle Theatre.  Each year, playwrights crowd into the little, perfect theatre, sitting around tables, typing up a storm, and devouring piles of gorgeous food. … Continue reading

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NEW YORK CITY ONLY

Dear New Yorkers, LOVE YOU FOREVER BILLY H TENDER opens in New York City at the fringe festival. If at all possible, please take in a real rising star, Jesse LaVercombe. Time and locations of performances are in the Vimeo … Continue reading

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