Brian Balduzzi

The stars aligned for me last Saturday night. Two of my great loves came together for a beautiful, heart-moving, and compelling performance. Actors’ Shakespeare Project presented its Summer Youth Intensive production, Romeo and Juliet, at the Charlestown Working Theater. I am too sad that I did not write this review before it closed. Too many […]

  Kelly Bedard

We had more fan votes this year than the My Theatre Awards have ever had before, so we decided to do what we started last year with the My TV Awards– choose a Fan Favourite who received overwhelming support throughout our extended awards season and Nominee Interview Series. We choose the winners of our regular […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2012 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. In As You Like It‘s oft-overlooked but crucial role of Celia, Siobhan O’Malley was in a class of her own amidst The UC Follies with her bright and charming Shakespeare-in-the-Park performance. The Best Student Actress nominee cheerfully […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2012 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Our favourite Fringe show of the year was Shakespeare BASH’d’s smart take on the troublesome Taming of the Shrew, staged in a pub and starring James Wallis’ winning Petruchio. The passionate founder of Shakespeare BASH’d and current […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2012 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Artistic Director of the newly relaunched Shakespeare in the Ruff and the director of their inaugural production, Brendan McMurtry-Howlett adapted a standout version of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, sidestepping the text’s many problems and reviving outdoor Shakespeare in Riverdale. […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2012 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Scene-stealer David Patrick Flemming took on multiple roles to great effect in Shakespeare in the Ruff’s inventive take onThe Two Gentlemen of Verona in Withrow Park. Nominated for both Best Supporting Actor in a Regional Production AND Best […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2012 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. One of the most intriguing Mercutios in recent memory, Joshua Browne blended regality and rebellion to particularly memorable effect. His followup- a nuanced turn in fellow nominee Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu’s Nightmare Dream at Campbell House- showed the range that will make […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2012 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Macbeth is very near and dear to my heart. I’ve seen tons of productions with settings ranging from Scotland to Africa, The White House, and a heroin-chic urban tribe, and I’ve seen plenty of actors attempt the […]

  Kelly Bedard

My dad does this thing that drives me crazy. I mean, my dad does countless things that drive me crazy, but this one drives me particularly crazy. Every time I ask him to see one of Shakespeare’s oft-produced masterpieces- like Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, or King Lear– he says “I’ve seen it already”. Cue my […]

  Kelly Bedard

Cymbeline is the production I’d been waiting to see in Stratford all season. It’s really good Shakespeare. That’s what Stratford does- really good Shakespeare- and I think it’s telling that most of the really good productions this year aren’t that. There are quite a few good musicals, one decent Shakespeare, and one that’s close to […]

  Kelly Bedard

Stratford has to have at least one big, impressive, serious classical play a year. 2007- Lear, 2008-Hamlet, 2009-Macbeth, 2010- Tempest, 2011- well, 2011 didn’t have a big tragedy but Twelfth Night was so good and Richard III (in the Tom Patterson) was such a big deal that they made up the difference. In 2012, it’s […]

  Kelly Bedard

I was pretty sure Elektra would be my least favourite thing at Stratford this season. I’m not big on the Greeks (not that I’m against them, they’re just a tough sell and almost always directed by crazy people who want to make everything into a Very Meaningful Movement Piece). I’m most certainly not someone immediately […]

  Elizabeth Ramirez

While this was my first Happy Medium show, I have heard good things about them. I was hoping for a moving experience, unfortunately there was something missing in this production. I’ll save you the anticipation: the show was poor. What interests me here is why it was such a deeply flawed production. With the resources […]

  Kelly Bedard

“I do love nothing in the world so well as you. Is not that strange?” -Benedick to Beatrice (IV.i) The 2012 Stratford season isn’t very good. 80% of the reason I say that is Much Ado About Nothing. There are places to improve Henry V, Charlie Brown, The Matchmaker and so much else, but they […]

  Kelly Bedard

I’ve always liked Humber River Shakespeare, mostly because I always like Shakespeare- anywhere, in any form, by any company- but their 2012 Macbeth is by far the best thing I’ve ever seen from them. It helps that I attended their very first (and only, this season) show at Casa Loma. A relatively bare-bones company, Humber […]

  Elizabeth Ramirez

I have seen a lot of Shakespeare in parks, but I am fairly new to other theater presented outdoors. The last show I saw from Apollinaire was Cyrano de Bergerac, also in Mary O’Malley Park. Even though it was not Shakespeare, that text has a certain poetic bombast that doesn’t feel out of place when […]

  Kelly Bedard

Next year, The Stratford Shakespeare Festival is getting a new Artistic Director. Antoni Cimolino isn’t actually all that new, he’s been with the festival for decades (remember when he played Romeo to Megan Follows’ Juliet?) and is currently its General Manager. But his promotion means a lot for where the festival is going. And, predictably, […]

  Kelly Bedard

This was a tough Fringe. On one hand, I did a terrible job of getting out to shows, only seeing 9 in total (plus whatever I take in at Best of Fringe). On the other hand, part of the reason I was so  unenthused about long days of Fringing was that I wasn’t impressed with […]

  Brian Balduzzi

Every now and then, I like to see theatre that will amuse me. Pure and simple. Bad Habit Productions, a My Theatre Award winning Boston company, delivers solid production after production. Their latest show is an original adaptation of one of the Bard’s finest comedies. Their William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing . . . […]

  Kelly Bedard

I grew up in a small city with not much going for it. There was hockey, figure skating and a damn impressive recreational baseball league, but for an uncoordinated, artsy kid like me, there wasn’t much in way of comfortable pastime. The lone exceptions to this rule were two studios where my weirdo smart-aleck younger […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2011 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present the My Theatre Nominee Interview Series. Michael-David Blostein is one of My Theatre’s favourite people. He stole one of the first shows we ever reviewed- SoupCan Theatre’s Love is a Poverty You Can Sell– and we’ve covered almost every show […]

  Borah Coburn

How many Shakespeare plays are there? It depends who you ask. I once took a quiz that asked for all 40 Shakespearean plays—we were supposed to list the traditional 38 (read: still no Edward III) as well as Cardenio, and Love’s Labour’s Won…listing lost plays? yeah, I thought that was cheap too. Sporcle (totally a […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2011 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present the My Theatre Nominee Interview Series. A My Theatre favourite on the Stratford Festival stage, Laura Condlln stole her scenes in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Peter Pan before starring in the 2011 season’s best cast as the scheming Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor. […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2011 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present the My Theatre Nominee Interview Series. One of The Stratford Festival’s great leading ladies, Amanda Lisman is perhaps best remembered as Roxanne opposite Colm Feore’s Cyrano, but it was her performance as the mostly silent Lavinia is Darko Tesnjak’s brutal Titus Andronicus last season that […]

  James Melo

About a week ago, I had the good fortune of seeing the Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s Medea during a preview. I wanted to write my review up as soon as I got home, but it’s taken me about a week to figure out exactly what it was I wanted to say about it. The problem is, […]