Kelly Bedard

With the crazy summer theatre season finally coming to a close, many of Toronto’s smaller companies are taking the lull in big-ticket fare to kick off their seasons with intimate, impactful dramas. The first two plays I saw this week were two-act studies of modern life at polarized ends of the socio-economic scale, both written […]

  Kelly Bedard

Season Ranking: #4 When Globe & Mail critic J. Kelly Nestruck reviewed The Shaw Festival’s current production of W. Somerset Maugham’s 1915 comedy Our Betters, he somewhat dismissively declared it outdated and a negative representation of women. This led to a mild hullabaloo as its big name director Morris Panych took the comment too harshly, […]

I didn’t know what to expect when I agreed to review Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston’s The Libertine. I rarely review new companies, after making that mistake much earlier in my reviewing career; now, I wait until they have established themselves for a season or at least I know a few reputable actors. Here, I […]

  Brian Balduzzi

A new theatre season is upon us! I am very excited to start my third year as the Head of the My Entertainment World’s Boston Theatre Division. I am looking to expanding coverage this year with reviews of more productions than ever before, especially in new areas such as community theatre, opera, and staged readings. […]

  Brian Balduzzi

Sigh. It’s never a good sign when I sigh. I really wanted to love this production. Hell, I wanted to love it. I am a huge fan of the movie, having found it one day while surfing channels in my young adolescence. However, the play produced by the joint efforts of Happy Medium Theatre and […]

  Kelly Bedard

Joe Orton’s black comedy Entertaining Mr. Sloane is a strange but compelling piece of theatre. It slyly speaks (in a strong cockney accent) to the fragility of our moral character while presenting us with people who reach very extreme conclusions. There’s an absurdist bent to the dark realities within these flawed human beings but the […]

  Kelly Bedard

I went to see Wild Dogs on the Moscow Trains because I really enjoyed Anthony MacMahon’s script for The Frenzy of Queen Maeve at last year’s festival and was looking forward to seeing My Theatre Award nominee Ewa Wolniczek perform another of his pieces. To my surprise and delight, I found that Wild Dogs is […]

  Brian Balduzzi

I wanted to like this play. I have a love of the playwright, Paula Vogel, since before college. The play is part of the LGBTQ theatrical canon and provides magical, but heartfelt, portrayal of living and suffering from HIV and AIDS. Yes, the play is topical (if slightly dated with the advent of new medicine […]

It’s hard to forget a company like the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston. It surprises audiences continuously with its award-winning seasons. Their late spring production of Rapture, Blister, Burn was no exception. Peter DuBois led a charming cast of talent in this biting new comedy by Gina Gionfriddo. While Gionfriddo is not a household name, […]

Just one more, I promise. This is the last one. And I promise this one is nice. This one is really nice. Because this was the thing I liked. This was the Only thing I legitimately really liked over the course of the entire Fringe Festival without previously liking the company, the text, the director […]

  Elizabeth Ramirez

This is the first Hub Theater Company show I’ve seen and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it when I walked away. Nora and Delia Ephron’s play, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, gets the job done but leaves a lot to be desired. It starts out with a really great set-up. The […]

  Kelly Bedard

Click Here to read Part One of my Fringe 2013 saga. Fuck Shakespeare sounded like something I might like. It was about a playwright (I love stories about writers; I generally find that writers do a good job writing them- who’dathunk?) and supposedly incorporated Shakespeare somehow. That’s more than enough reason than I need to […]

  Elizabeth Ramirez

“You’re not special just because you got hit by lightning.” “The internet thinks I am.” It is much easier to review a show that is unequivocally bad or mind-blowingly amazing. It is the complicated show with so much potential but a final production that ultimately doesn’t work, that creates a conflict for me. I want […]

  Michael Polubiec

As soon as I sat down in the Annex Theatre for my first-ever Toronto Fringe experience, I realized that I had already made my first Fringe mistake. I failed to select a seat that would allow for an easy escape. Striding across the stage in the middle of a performance in order to leave is neither a good idea […]

  Kelly Bedard

The two most recent productions in Soulpepper’s 2013 season have been lively re-interpretations of texts that can only be described as classics. The first, Michael O’Brien and John Millard’s anachronistic take on Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, was a goofy romp-like good time and little more. The sublime pleasure of having the great Dan Chameroy […]

I seem to have terrible luck with The Toronto Fringe Festival. Actually, let me amend that: some years I have terrible luck with The Toronto Fringe Festival. I seem to remember 2011 being just full of win. 2013? Not so much. I caught more bad breaks in my attempts to cover this year’s festival than […]

  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. The MVP of The Shaw Festival’s 2012 season, Ben Sanders’ performance as the enigmatic Alan in French Without Tears remains one of the most memorable I’ve ever seen at the festival. The articulate and self-effacing Best Actor in a Play nominee […]

  Brian Balduzzi

Before we announce the winners of the 2012 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. The creator of one of the year’s cleverest, funniest and most character-driven new plays (Vagabond Theater Group’s ode to the Comic Con, True Believers), Best New Work nominee Thom Dunn brings verbose witticism and the year’s quirkiest “headshot” to […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2012 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. A longtime…

Before we announce the winners of the 2012 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. A standout of Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival two years running, Andy Trithardt first caught our attention as the charming Arbiter in Michael Atlin‘s 2011 chess play Zugzwang then flipped that image on its head as a well-mannered cannibal in the 2012 […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2012 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. One of Toronto’s fastest-rising writing talents, Kat Sandler is so good that her TWO My Theatre Award nominations are for her second-most-famous work of the year after Fringe’s Best New Play-winner Help Yourself. Nominated for both Best New Work […]

Zeitgeist Stage Company offers a treat in its most recent production of Punk Rock, a rarely-performed British drama by Simon Stephens. Performed in the intimate Plaza Black Box and using an alley-way set design with simple chairs and tables, the focus of this production is on the actors and their characters. With few exits and […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2012 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. The brilliant lead of The Summerworks Festival’s Irish romance, Ewa Wolniczek’s perfect accent and soulful character portrait carried The Frenzy of Queen Maeve.  One of our Best Fringe/Summerworks Performance nominees in this year’s My Theatre Awards, Ewa joined […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2012 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Mariuxi Zambrano is the clever and thoughtful designer who gave Hart House’s Rachel Corrie a practical yet metaphorically rife platform from which to tell her story. The Best Designer for a Regional Production nominee took the time […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2012 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Amelia Sargisson is the astounding solo performer behind My Name is Rachel Corrie, Hart House’s affecting true story taken from the diary of an American girl who died trying to change the world. A 2012 My Theatre […]