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BWW Review: Jake Epstein offers audiences a glimpse behind the curtain in BOY FALLS F Photo BWW Review: Jake Epstein offers audiences a glimpse behind the curtain in BOY FALLS FROM THE SKY
by Isabella Perrone - Apr 25, 2022

‚ÄúWhat do you do when life disappoints you?‚ÄĚ is the question asked in the program of Jake Epstein‚Äôs BOY FALLS FROM THE SKY. For Epstein, his life and career have been intertwined since childhood, with his dreams of performing woven into many choices he‚Äôs made.

VIDEO: Jake Epstein Previews BOY FALLS FROM SKY Photo VIDEO: Jake Epstein Previews BOY FALLS FROM SKY
by Nicole Rosky - Mar 10, 2022

Jake Epstein's long awaited (and twice delayed) exuberant and bittersweet musical love letter to show business, Boy Falls From the Sky, originally scheduled to play at the CAA Theatre will move to the Royal Alexandra Theatre and play April 19 to May 29. Media performance: 8:00 PM, Friday April 22nd. Tickets to Boy Falls From the Sky will go on sale Friday March 11th through mirvish.com

BOY FALLS FROM THE SKY Tickets Go on Sale Friday at Mirvish Photo BOY FALLS FROM THE SKY Tickets Go on Sale Friday at Mirvish
by Stephi Wild - Mar 7, 2022

Jake Epstein's long awaited (and twice delayed) exuberant and bittersweet musical love letter to show business, Boy Falls From the Sky, originally scheduled to play at the CAA Theatre will move to the Royal Alexandra Theatre and play April 19 to May 29.

BWW Interview: SALVAGE Director Damian D. Lewis on the Importance of Pursuing Your Dr Photo BWW Interview: SALVAGE Director Damian D. Lewis on the Importance of Pursuing Your Dreams
by Shari Barrett - Nov 18, 2021

Having a dream is like running with scissors. Just one false step and the journey, or even your life, can be over.  I asked SALVAGE director Damian D. Lewis about his own dream and how much he was willing to do to achieve it. The same theme runs through SALVAGE centering around Harley, a singer-songwriter whose wife is expecting their first child and his journey to deciding what is more important - pursuing his dream or accepting the responsibilities of family life.

SALVAGE Returns to Los Angeles for a Limited Run Photo SALVAGE Returns to Los Angeles for a Limited Run
by Stephi Wild - Oct 5, 2021

Having a dream is like running with scissors. Harley, a singer-songwriter whose wife is expecting their first child, has decided to hang up his dream before it destroys his family. On the way to pawn his guitar, he stumbles across the bar where his musical hero, Floyd Whitaker, died. Upon entering, he finds an inhospitable bartender and a single surly customer who's strumming the blues on an old guitar. How could he resist an adventure like this?

Musical Stage Company Will Bring Performances to Toronto Porches This Summer With POR Photo Musical Stage Company Will Bring Performances to Toronto Porches This Summer With PORCHSIDE SONGS
by Stephi Wild - Apr 28, 2021

The Musical Stage Company’s celebrated outdoor cabaret series returns this summer, bringing music into Toronto communities, backyards, and front porches.

Millennial Writers Come Together To Create New Online Concert Photo Millennial Writers Come Together To Create New Online Concert
by Stephi Wild - Apr 27, 2020

SHOOK was due to take place on 26th April at Above The Arts Theatre in Leicester Square, however like all other events planned during this period, it has been postponed. Co-founders Millie Gaston and Katie Wilmore, from Harrogate in North Yorkshire, had a drink together (over zoom, of course) and decided they wouldn't let the restrictions stop them bringing some of the best new writing to their audience! They decided to host a free online version so people could be entertained from the comfort of their home, with the hope of raising money for Acting for Others through voluntary donations.

Tribeca Announces 2020 Short Film Lineup Photo Tribeca Announces 2020 Short Film Lineup
by Kaitlin Milligan - Mar 5, 2020

The 19th annual Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, today announced its 2020 Shorts Program lineup. Setting a record with over 6,100 submissions, the final program roster includes 64 diverse and captivating short films from 20 countries around the globe, and features 46 world premieres, including DreamWorks Animation's new animated short, To Gerard. The short films will be presented in 10 distinct competition programs which include five narrative, four documentary, and one animation program. For the fourth consecutive year, 40 percent of the selections are directed by female filmmakers. Queen Collective by Procter & Gamble in partnership with Queen Latifah, Flavor Unit Entertainment and Tribeca Studios is back, a program dedicated to supporting gender and racial equality behind the camera. The 2020 shorts lineup is programmed by Sharon Badal and Ben Thompson. The 2020 Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 15 - April 26.

BWW Review: Country Comes to the City in the melancholy-tinged SALVAGE Photo BWW Review: Country Comes to the City in the melancholy-tinged SALVAGE
by Harker Jones - Dec 23, 2019

Country music is known (and often ridiculed) for its soap opera-like lyrics. Its storytelling often takes listeners on journeys of sadness and despair, and redemption. Tim Alderson's SALVAGE, playing at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood through January 19, follows those tropes with mostly effective results and hits viewers with a cathartic and emotional impact.

COCKTAILS & CANDY CANES To Be Presented December 16 & 17 Photo COCKTAILS & CANDY CANES To Be Presented December 16 & 17
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 20, 2019

Toronto's hottest professional musical theatre talents kick it up in a festive evening of holiday song! From sacred to scintillating, jazz to gospel - and all musical stylings in between, Cocktails & Candy Canes is an entertaining evening not to be missed!

BWW Interview: SALVAGE Playwright Tim Alderson - From Music To Farming & Back Photo BWW Interview: SALVAGE Playwright Tim Alderson - From Music To Farming & Back
by Gil Kaan - Nov 11, 2019

Former music creative and fifth-generation farmer Tim Alderson's first initial foray into playwriting SALVAGE opens Saturday, November 16, 2019 at The Lounge Theatre. With music from his long-time cohorts Mark Heard, Pat Terry, and Randy VanWarmer, SALVAGE revolves around struggling singer-songwriter Harley's decision to pawn his guitar and look for some means of stable income for his wife and soon-to-come newborn. Damian D. Lewis directs the ensemble of David Atkinson, Christopher Fordinal, Nina Herzog and Leonard Earl Howze. Tim was gracious enough to make some time to answer my queries.

BWW Listing: Staged Readings Continue at Actors Coop Photo BWW Listing: Staged Readings Continue at Actors Coop
by Don Grigware - Aug 27, 2019

WORDS Actors Co-op Theatre Company presents a staged reading of Tony Muscio's Words directed by David Atkinson, performed by Joe Barone, Townsend Coleman and Selah Victor. After rejecting young Tom Mitchell's request to be his assistant, curmudgeonly writer Donald Steinman finds that his film producer daughter has hired him anyway. The motley pair struggles to find common ground as they work on Steinman's latest screenplay, a feature about John D. Rockefeller. As they battle the stalled-out project, they find that the power of words extends far beyond the page. Saturday, August 31st at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 1st at 2:30 p.m. Talk back with the playwright, cast and director to follow the show. *

BWW Listing: Actors Coop Presents Four Staged Readings Photo BWW Listing: Actors Coop Presents Four Staged Readings
by Don Grigware - Aug 19, 2019

RIGHTEOUS AMONG US Actors Co-op Theatre Company presents a staged reading of Amy Tofte's Righteous Among Us, directed by: Heather Chesley, performed by Kay Bess, Deborah Marlowe & Kimi Walker. A researcher at a civil rights museum collects oral histories from the ancestors of those who saved Jews during the Holocaust and of those who were saved.  When she uncovers one hero family's legend is a lie, she must not only break the news to all involved and shatter the myth.  but also come to terms with her own need to find heroes and good intentions among regular people. Saturday, August 24th, 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 25th 2:30 p.m. Talk back with playwright, cast and director to follow the show. Suggested Donation $10. Free to 2019-2020 Season Subscribers.Information/Tickets https://www.actorsco-op.org/original-works-seriesActors Co-op David Schall

NIGHT FEED Wins Best Of Fringe, Patron's Pick, Sells Out Entire Toronto Fringe Run Photo NIGHT FEED Wins Best Of Fringe, Patron's Pick, Sells Out Entire Toronto Fringe Run
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 15, 2019

Canvas Sky Theatre's NIGHT FEED has been selected for a remount at the Toronto Centre For The Arts, Sunday July 21st 12:00pm and Saturday July 27th 12:00pm as part of TO Live's annual Best Of Fringe presentation. These newly-announced performances will cap off a wildly successful inaugural production for Canvas Sky's puppet comedy about motherhood, with Night Feed selling out it's entire Toronto Fringe run at the Tarragon ExtraSpace, winning Patron's Pick in the process, after already receiving Outstanding Overall Production at the 2019 Ottawa Fringe Festival in June.

NIGHT FEED Wins Outstanding Overall Production At Ottawa Fringe; Heads For Toronto Fr Photo NIGHT FEED Wins Outstanding Overall Production At Ottawa Fringe; Heads For Toronto Fringe
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 26, 2019

Canvas Sky Theatre's NIGHT FEED capped off a successful run by being awarded Outstanding Overall Production at the 2019 Ottawa Fringe Festival closing ceremonies on Sunday night. The recipient is chosen by a jury of critics and creators. Night Feed was also nominated in a number of other categories, including Best New Work.

NIGHT FEED Announced At Toronto Fringe Photo NIGHT FEED Announced At Toronto Fringe
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 3, 2019

Fringe veterans-turned-mothers Sarah Joy Bennett and Ginette Mohr return to the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival with a team of renowned puppet artists, for their new piece NIGHT FEED, running at the Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, July 5 14. Featuring object puppetry, physical theatre, and the stunning design of CLUNK Puppet Lab, Night Feed is a hilarious look at the darker sides of becoming a parent.

BWW Review: MTW First Regional Look at BRIGHT STAR Photo BWW Review: MTW First Regional Look at BRIGHT STAR
by Don Grigware - Oct 23, 2018

Steve Martin's and Edie Brickell's Bright Star played Broadway in 2016. The show fared somewhat well, but did not seem to be an overall critics' choice. On the minus side, it is an all too familiar story about a backwoods pregnant girl and parental abuse in the 1920s, with far-fetched resolutions and a sweet, but for many, saccharine ending. In spite of this, I was delighted with the bluegrass music by Martin and Brickell.

Chester Literature Festival Returns Photo Chester Literature Festival Returns
by Stephi Wild - Sep 21, 2018

Storyhouse announces Chester Literature Festival with its biggest line-up yet. Featuring major authors, storytellers, broadcasters and poets.

BWW Review: Long Sufferings Redeemed by Pure Longings ‚Ä" and Bluegrass Music ‚Ä" in  Photo BWW Review: Long Sufferings Redeemed by Pure Longings ‚Ä" and Bluegrass Music ‚Ä" in BRIGHT STAR
by Perry Tannenbaum - Jun 29, 2018

It takes decades for tragic losses and separations to turn around to bliss in Steve Martin's BRIGHT STAR, but there's plenty of sparkling bluegrass music along that rocky mountain road.

BWW Review: BRIGHT STAR at Winspear Opera House Photo BWW Review: BRIGHT STAR at Winspear Opera House
by Kyle Christopher West - Jun 14, 2018

Scrolling through the nearly 900 musical theatre albums in my iTunes library, it's easy to confirm that Broadway seldom features banjo-led scores, although rare exceptions on and off-Broadway might include MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, ALWAYS PATSY CLINE, THE SPITFIRE GRILL and THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM. And although Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's 2016 sleeper-hit musical BRIGHT STAR hardly lasted more than 100 performances, the charming musical lives on, sweeping audiences off their feet through its first national tour, currently onstage at Winspear Opera House.

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