I don’t really care for original works. I fully support them but I have a hard time reviewing them. I never know whether the play needs a new cast, a new director, or a few more workshops. Expecting by Noah Tobin is a new work at Boston Playwright’s Theatre. The play […]

  Kelly Bedard

The annual short play festival at The Imperial Pub, put on by “Toronto’s Geekiest Theatre Company” is an adorable event. The tiny back room that houses a makeshift theatre has terrible acoustics and lots of pub noise leaking through the curtain that separates it from the main bar section. The lighting grid is sparse, the […]

  Brian Balduzzi

An exciting adaptation was featured in Somerville, Massachusetts for the past two weekends. Elizabeth Hunter, a 2011 My Theatre Award nominee for her work in Equus, wrote and directed an original stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s popular novel Pride and Prejudice. Produced by Theatre@First in the stunning renovated Somerville theatre, the production showed much promise. […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2011 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present the My Theatre Nominee Interview Series. Thank god for “The Best of Fringe, Uptown”. Without that fantastic series at The Young Centre for the Performing Arts, I would have missed three of the best productions of 2011. One of those […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2011 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present the My Theatre Nominee Interview Series. Antonio Bavaro‘s brilliantly nuanced performance in the staged reading of Puelo Deir’s Holy Tranity was a highlight of the 2011 Toronto Fringe, earning him a My Theatre Award nomination for Best Performance in 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. The Boston theatre scene is constantly changing. 2011 saw the tragic departure of the wonderful Independent Drama Society but the beginning of the promising Argos Productons. Insightful director Brett Marks was, in some way, […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2011 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present the My Theatre Nominee Interview Series. In August, before the casting announcements for The Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s 2012 season came out, I published my perfect-world casting of their upcoming Much Ado About Nothing. Two of those dream-castings came true when […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2011 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present the My Theatre Nominee Interview Series. Our heroic web designer Linn Oyen Farley introduced me to Monkeyman Productions. Self-described as “Toronto’s Geekiest Theatre Company”, Monkeyman’s mandate is about creating theatre that’s as dedicated to Geek Culture (of the Star Wars-referencing […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2011 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present the My Theatre Nominee Interview Series. My favourite production of the 2011 Summerworks Festival was a lightning-quick nerd-fest about chess players superbly titled Zugzwang (a fantastically descriptive chess term that refers to a situation in which if it were the […]

  Brian Balduzzi

I appreciate when theatre companies aren’t afraid to tackle the tough topics. Last weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing two brash and honest plays by Heart & Dagger Productions. Beyond the Light is a new play by theatre “jack-all-trades” Joey C. Pelletier. His venture into playwriting is rewarding for both the company and the […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2011 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present the My Theatre Nominee Interview Series. The theatre-savvy city of Toronto was shaken by the arrival of a single superb new work last summer at the annual Fringe Festival. Tickets for Fringe’s Best New Play Award-winner Kim’s Convenience sold so fast […]

  Kelly Bedard

The Single Thread model is a successful one. The concept of experiencing a Toronto landmark under the premise of theatre instead of museum-dull tourism is intriguing to residents and visitors alike. For most Torontonians, The Campbell House Story will be a reminder of “oh yeah, I read about that guy in grade 7” combined with […]

  Kelly Bedard

My mother is a very nice woman. She’s lovely, really, and everyone who has ever met her in the history of her existence on earth likes her because she is very nice and very lovely and generally crafts her life in a way that will produce as much happiness as possible. My older brother is […]

Walking into The Young Centre‘s Michael Young Theatre from the over-crowded lobby (on nights that feature Seeds alongside Long Day’s Journey Into Night in the Baillie, there’s an extreme claustrophobia leading up to the shows but, much more notably, during the simultaneous and thus wildly unpleasant intermissions), the set of the fantastically popular Montreal import […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2011 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present the My Theatre Nominee Interview Series. Evan Sanderson just graduated from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts in 2010 and has already made an indelible mark on American theatre, winning the National Student Playwriting Award for the first play he […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2011 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present the My Theatre Nominee Interview Series. Neil Bartram and Brian Hill are the award-winning composers of multiple musical theatre hits including Broadway’s The Story of My Life (nominated for 4 Drama Desk Awards). Acclaimed directors and actors who’ve worked on international hits […]

  Kelly Bedard

Soulpepper’s 12-play 2012 season officially began last week with the January 19th opening of Kim’s Convenience. The heartfelt, hilarious and supremely Torontonian play is an essentially unchanged remount of the same production from last summer’s Toronto Fringe Festival. The set is a little bigger- now a fully-dressed convenience store on the Michael Young Stage, oddly […]

  James Melo

Argos Productions‘ second excursion in Boston theater, Wandaleria, written by David Valdes Greenwood and directed by Brett Marks, was an exceptional presentation of a wonderfully written, funny play. The script itself is new. The Author, a former Boston Globe columnist and accomplished playwright, creates a piece that is not only exceedingly clever, but well structured. The story moves […]

  Kelly Bedard

The Next Stage Festival is the fascinating bridge between a show’s Fringe Festival run and its life beyond the circuit. It’s an inspired idea and a chance for some truly splendid indie theatre to get a little more attention than it did/would amidst hundreds of Fringe offerings in the summer. There are 12 shows this […]

  Kelly Bedard

The newest play from Canada’s beloved playwright Hannah Moscovitch is a stirring and inspiring drama about groundbreaking Polish/Jewish educator Janusz Korczak, set in Warsaw in pre-ghetto 1939 (Act I) and oppressive and war-torn 1942 (Act II). Against Camellia Koo’s innovative set of destructible paper orphanage walls and directed with sublime understanding by Alisa Palmer, Moscovitch’s […]

  Kelly Bedard

I went to University in Boston. Don’t ask me why but I had it in my head that I had to leave home after highschool, live in another city (another country, as it turned out), get some space from the town where my parents live, where I’d spent all of highschool and lived since I […]

  Kelly Bedard

Ross Petty’s annual Christmas Pantomime has been a beloved event in Toronto for 16 years. I can remember going as a kid and getting to see Canadian legends like Mr. Dressup (Ernie Coombs), Fred Penner, Kurt Browning, Rex Harrington and Karen Kain onstage as absurd twisted fairy tale creatures. It was the thrill of the […]

  Kelly Bedard

Ranking: #2 My first tears of the 2011 Stratford Festival Season came in the Studio Theatre one afternoon as I took in a play about which I knew nothing. John Mighton’s original work The Little Years was the surprise delight of the season, a new play I loved so much that it usurped some of […]

  Kelly Bedard

Ranking: #5 The new musical from Jay Turvey and Paul Sportelli brings something very new to the Shaw, even if the plot is nothing new for musical theatre. Essentially a mashup of Carmen’s tropes and Aida’s plot, Maria Severa tells the story of a young Portugese prostitute (the titular Maria) who falls for a man […]

  Kelly Bedard

In our first year covering Toronto’s Summerworks Festival we saw a total of 10 vastly different productions. From the beloved to the despised; from uber professional to pathetically amateur; pretentious to earnest; new works, established favourites, ensemble projects, two person vignettes, musicals, absurdist parables, dance pieces, hits, bombs, comedies, dramas and every possible thing in […]

  Kelly Bedard

I’m a little bit in love with Argos Productions. With a charismatic artistic director and a mandate to perform original works with the writer involved in the development, Argos is the latest company after my heart. Their inaugural production, however, is a little shaky. Junkie, a new work by John Shea, takes the form of […]