Before we announce the winners of the 2012 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Mumbi Otu was the driving force behind Hart House’s outstanding production of My Name is Rachel Corrie (which is also nominated for Best Designer and Best Actress), telling the true story of a girl with designs on […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2012 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. A master of timing, Juliet Bowler’s understated and terrifying turn in the Sarah Gazdowicz-directed Pillowman helped to make it one of the best in Boston all year. The Best Supporting Actress in a Regional Production nominee took the time […]

  Lorenzo Pagnotta

I cannot even begin to imagine what one could possibly find to say against A Brimful of Asha.  So I am glad I don’t have to.  It is flawless in its storytelling and staging. Ravi Jain, whose Why Not Theatre has developed a reputation in cross-cultural collaboration and producing of site-specific, as well as, community-based […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2012 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. In my review of one of the best productions in Boston all year, Polaroid Stories, I said “few actors could make me fall in love and despise and pity and love again the man who is Narcissus” […]

  Brian Balduzzi

Before we announce the winners of the 2012 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. One of Boston’s most promising young performers Caitlyn Conley’s standout turns in both Wandaleria and True Believers landed her on My Theatre’s must-watch list. Caitlyn’s a Best Actress in a Regional Production nominee in this year’s My Theatre Awards and she took the […]

  Brian Balduzzi

Every once in a while, you find a show that moves you; the show inspires you to lead a more purposeful life. For me, I knew that Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead was the kind of show that begged to be seen. I directed the show in college and I will forever […]

  Brian Balduzzi

I love the idea of unfinished stories. In theatre, we often walk out of a performance knowing that the characters’ stories carry on (with the exception of Hamlet, where I’m not sure if anything or anyone continues). Luckily for me, I had the pleasure of seeing SpeakEasy Stage Company’s production of Clybourne Park, 2012 Tony […]

Tarragon’s current Extra Space offering is a sure-thing. They’re a Canadian playwright’s theatre and Hannah Moscovitch is a wonderfully talented, totally accessible, widely produced, generally beloved Canadian playwright who just happens to be Tarragon’s current playwright-in-residence, so a double bill of her newest one-acts is not only a smart decision artistically, it’s one perfectly in-brand […]

  Kelly Bedard

The first thing you need to know about my relationship with Martin Sherman’s astounding play Bent is that it was one of the last things I saw performed before I created My Theatre (then a standalone website, now a branch of this one). In June 2009 I saw a truly brilliant production at Ryerson’s Abrams […]

  Kelly Bedard

Let’s start with the good news- A Woman of No Importance sports one of the best casts I’ve seen at Alumnae Theatre. They’re not across the board great but there are enough highlights amongst the 13 of them to come out above average. Nicholas Porteous is a charming Gerald and James Graham makes for a […]

  Borah Coburn

Okay, in the second (third? I guess it depends on how you count) installment of Borah’s Best of 2012, we have two categories. Think of it as a double feature. 1) Books That Don’t Let Go This is erroneously named. Only one book really needed to be here. But it did, indeed, need to be […]

  Kelly Bedard

I went into Soulpepper’s recent production of Endgame hoping for the best. They’re my favourite company in the world and have managed to turn me around on more than a few texts I was sure were overrated until I saw them tackled by the flawless acting company at Soulpepper. The folks down at The Young […]

  Lorenzo Pagnotta

15 AUGUST 2012- I am about to watch a show directed by my favourite Canadian playwright (Morris Panych).  The set is fascinating to me.  I love absurdist drama, and the designer (Ken MacDonald) has made appropriately bold choices with this fantastical set that feels like an even larger than life version of a cute doll house.  The […]

  Lorenzo Pagnotta

It is not that often we get to see realism on stage anymore.  Even more rare: three hour productions.  Do people even have that sort of attention span these days?  Lucky thing for intermissions.  At least in opera you have the chance of being taken on a musical journey.  But this is three hours – […]

  Kelly Bedard

Tom Stoppard’s absurd Hamlet spinoff is beloved among my particular demographic of friends who are really into Hamlet, Gary Oldman (who starred in the movie version), and wacky British things like Doctor Who. I am not one of these people, I just hang out with lots of these people and find them exhausting. Despite this, […]

  Kelly Bedard

Death of a Salesman is exactly the sort of piece that Soulpepper does brilliantly- intimate, personal, actor-driven, and a modern classic. The tight-knit company always fares well with family stories and any time you can cast the first couple of Soulpepper- Joseph Ziegler and Nancy Palk- as the parents at the centre of things, it’s […]

  Lorenzo Pagnotta

I’ve always liked to believe you can tell a fine play by its title.  In this case, playwright Jordi Mand has ingeniously chosen a seemingly ordinary one which, in actuality, alludes to the electrifying secret that propels the story forward in this head-to-head dispute between Marion (Susan Coyne) and Teresa (Christine Horne) about what really […]

  Kelly Bedard

Would someone please explain to me why His Girl Friday is a play? I get adapting plays into movies, and I even get adapting movies into musicals (so long as the songs are original), but a movie into a play? Chances are there’s no improving on the performances in a movie iconic enough to give […]