Theatre francais de Toronto to Present LE CHANT DE GEORGES BOIVIN
(10/20/2014) - Theatre francais de Toronto has the perfect fall getaway in store for its public with Le chant de Georges Boivin (Georges Boivin's Swan Song) by Martin Bellemare. Directed by Mario Borges and starring the legendary Pierre Collin, this theatrical "road movie" love song will be presented at the Berkeley Street Theatre from November 26 to 30.
BWW Interview: WICKED's Lauren Haughton Talks DON'T STOP BELIEVIN' BENEFIT for BC/EFA and the Actors Fund
(10/19/2014) - The Actors' Fund of Canada and members of the National Touring Companies of WICKED and THE BOOK OF MORMON will host DON'T STOP BELIEVIN', an evening of song and dance, at the Panasonic Theatre on Monday, October 27. The performance starts at 8:00 PM with the VIP Plus reception beginning at 6:30 PM. The Panasonic Theatre is located at 651 Yonge Street, Toronto. Net proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) and the Actors' Fund of Canada.
BWW Interview: Valerie Boyle, Lisa Horner and Paula Wolfson of LES BELLES SOEURS
(10/17/2014) - Chatting backstage between tech rehearsals for Les Belles Soeurs, a new English musical adaptation of Michel Tremblay's epic play, I asked 3 of the shows 12 powerhouse performers, Valerie Boyle, Lisa Horner and Paula Wolfson, if they'd ever been in another show with a cast entirely comprised of women. With the exception of Nunsense, they hadn't.
Studio 180 Theatre to Stage North American Premiere of NSFW, Nov 7-30
(10/17/2014) - Studio 180 Theatre is delighted to present the work of multi award-winning British playwright Lucy Kirkwood for the first time in North America. NSFW, Kirkwood's acclaimed play from 2012, will be directed by Joel Greenberg and will be performed November 7 to 30, 2014 at The Theatre Centre.
NXNE Announces City of Toronto Music Sector Development Officer
(10/17/2014) - North by Northeast (NXNE) says goodbye this week to Director of Operations Mike Tanner. After seven successful years with the festival, Mike has accepted the newly created position of Music Officer at the City of Toronto starting Tuesday, October 21.
Shaw Festival's ARCADIA to Open at Royal Alexandra Theatre Next Month
(10/17/2014) - David Mirvish brings the The Shaw Festival's acclaimed sold-out hit production of Tom Stoppard's ARCADIA to Toronto. This multilayered masterpiece straddling time and space, order and chaos, is directed by Eda Holmes and begins a strictly limited engagement from November 4th to December 14th at the Royal Alexandra Theatre as the second show in the 2014-15 Mirvish Subscription Season.
BWW Review: HELEN LAWRENCE at Canadian Stage
(10/20/2014) - 'Helen Lawrence,' now playing at Toronto's Bluma Appel, theatre, is an entertaining, multi-media presentation of a 1940s film noir story hampered by a thin script by Chris Haddock (co-written with Stan Douglas.) During the first five minutes, you tend to be overwhelmed by the show's blue compositing technique in which the live action onstage is enhanced by its larger-than-life, black-and-white close-up projection on a scrim in front of the actors. But the technical ingenuity shortly wears off, and you're left with a complex plot, heavy on exposition and light on action and tension.
Convicted Producer Garth Drabinsky Developing MADAME SOUSATZKA Musical?
(10/16/2014) - The New York Post writes that convicted forger and producer Garth Drabinsky is planning his next stage project. Rumor is Drabinsky, producing via entertainment company StageVentures, has booked Toronto's Elgin Theatre for a new musical based on the 1988 film MADAME SOUSATZKA, which he produced, starring Shirley MacLaine.
Canadian Stage Celebrates Surplus for Third Consecutive Year
(10/16/2014) - In an annual report released today, Canadian Stage announced the company's third consecutive budget surplus following an award-winning and record-breaking season. This year under the leadership of artistic & general director Matthew Jocelyn, managing director Su Hutchinson and board chair Adrian Lang, Canadian Stage saw an increase in new subscribers and audiences under the age of 35; toured productions internationally; introduced a range of new audience engagement initiatives; continued to revitalize the historic Berkeley Street Theatre, and much more.
CONFITURE, LIGHT PRINCESS, DRAGON KING and More Set for Third Season of Josh Oskrdal Children's Series
(10/17/2014) - In memory of a boy who loved theatre, Hudson Village Theatre presents its third successful season of live, professional theatre for young audiences to spark new passions in boys and girls of all ages. This year, HVT features puppets, workshops, and stories born of ancient lore. The musical highlight is bound to be a children's story written and performed bilingually by the inimitable opera diva herself, Natalie Choquette.
The Theatre Centre's SEA SICK to Return to Toronto, 10/29-11/2
(10/16/2014) - Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell's critically acclaimed production about the state of the global ocean, returns to The Theatre Centre this fall from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2. Kicking off a national tour, The Theatre Centre is thrilled to share the production that opened its permanent home at 1115 Queen St. W. with new audiences. Directed by artistic and general director Franco Boni with Ravi Jain and performed by Mitchell, Sea Sick is a deeply personal solo performance that reveals how the global ocean is changing and why it matters. Following the Toronto production, Sea Sick will head off on tour. Full tour details, including dates and stops, to be announced.
North Of Maine to Present THE LOVE GAME
(10/15/2014) - Afraid things are getting dull, a thirtysomething couple devise a comprehensive game of do's and don'ts to maintain the spark in their relationship. As the line between reality and fantasy blurs, the couple questions their commitment to the game and to each other. Written by Britney Tangedal and directed by Matthew Hines (The Heel vs. Screwjob), The Love Game is a one act play about coping with the complexities of an aging relationship.