Kelly Bedard

The Independent Drama Society started on shaky ground. Founded by a bunch of BU grads newly ineligible for the theatre groups they’d come to love in college, IDS cobbled together its earliest productions, recruiting inexperienced players and volunteer tech teams to put on plays with few resources and small audiences. The result was some very […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2010 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present the My Theatre Nominee Interview Series. One of Toronto’s most innovative young talents, Ted Witzel joins our interview series today. The Red Light District artistic director is nominated in the independent theatre category for Best Actor in The Witch of […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2010 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present the My Theatre Nominee Interview Series. . Adam Lebowitz-Lockard, a recent BU grad and one of Stage Troupe’s go-to leading men, is nominated in the student production category for Best Director. His production of The Pillowman is also nominated fro […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2010 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present the My Theatre Nominee Interview Series. One of My Theatre’s favourite young actors in Toronto, Jesse Nerenberg first caught our attention in a brilliant production of Bent a couple summers ago. Now he is nominated for a 2010 My Theatre […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2010 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present the My Theatre Nominee Interview Series. Last week I had the opportunity to speak with Elenna Mosoff, a nominee for Best Director in a local or independent production for her work on Equus with Hart House Theatre. Read on for […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2010 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present the My Theatre Nominee Interview Series. Here with our first interview of the series is one of My Theatre’s favourite actresses. Stratford leading lady Andrea Runge is nominated for her performance as Rosalind in As You Like It. She took […]

  Kelly Bedard

Let me start out by saying that this review is tragically overdue. I saw the production in November but my notes have sat idle on my desktop for months. But this week I had the pleasure of speaking with director Elenna Mosoff as part of the upcoming “My Theatre Nominee Interview Series”, a conversation that […]

  Kelly Bedard

Clunky direction and unattainable goals quickly became the central problems of BU Stage Troupe’s recent production of A Streetcar Named Desire. It’s an epic piece, not in the classical sense of scope but in the sense of how famous, how challenging, how iconic the work is. It’s a little beyond college students. This group did […]

  Kelly Bedard

The director’s note for BU Stage Troupe’s recent production of Rabbit Hole by David Linsay-Abaire was simple and true. Directors Chris Hamilton and Agatha Babbitt wanted the audience to know that what they were about to watch was not a tragedy. Rather it was a glimpse into the lives of a family who’d suffered a […]

  Kelly Bedard

Dancap Productions announced their new season today. Together with Mirvish Productions, they make up most of the mainstream theatre scene in Toronto. Between the 2 companies, 2011 is already shaking up to be an amazing season. Here’s what’s on tap: Fall 2010, Mirvish:   Rock of Ages (Never seen it, I imagine it’s skippable) Love, Loss […]

  Kelly Bedard

Easily the most emotional production at the Stratford Festival this year is For The Pleasure of Seeing Her Again. I’m not usually a cryer at the theatre but I was inconsolably moved by this piece. Here the Canadian master playwright Michel Tremblay shares his most intimate story, that of his mother. That’s it; it’s just […]

  Kelly Bedard

The more I see of the Red Light District Theatre Company the more I like it. That distinct world of experimental theatre in which the RLD so comfortably dwells has never quite been my cup of tea, but after their enlightened Woyzeck and now with an innovative Summerworks offering, I’m finding that this quirky company […]

  Kelly Bedard

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival has just announced their 2011 roster. Here are the highlights (and lowlights): Richard III: it’s a great play, fascinating really. But it is 99.9% dependent on a truly solid leading man. It needs someone who will bring something new to the part and keep the audience interested pretty much single handedly. […]

  Kelly Bedard

The Red Light District Theatre Company is just a little bit crazy. As the tagline for their most recent production, Woyzeck, says, the company stands “just over the little dash between yes and no”. From their bum fight-inspired Titus to “the play about dancing robots and communists” to this run of Woyzeck, The RLD is […]

  Kelly Bedard

Perhaps the greatest thing about the production of The Glass Menagerie that I saw last week was the company behind the production. Cawrk Theatrical Productions, founded by Catherine Bernardi and Matthew Yipchuck, was invented as a creative outlet during the transitioning years while the young artistic directors left behind Cawthra Park Secondary School and moved […]

  Tessa Cernik

I must first admit that it took me a few days to gather my thoughts about Alumnae Theatre’s production of The Queens by Normand Chaurette, translated by Linda Gaboriau. Upon my return to Toronto after a year of participating in the Halifax theatre scene, I was very excited to get the opportunity to start my […]