Kelly Bedard

My second day at the Toronto Fringe was a one-play affair (don’t judge, I had things to do). But here’s the FULL LIST of our festival reviews if one isn’t enough for you. Love’s Labour’s Lost (A-) I was nervous about this one. My love of Shakespeare Bash’d and their clear, thoughtful approach to the […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2013 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Nominated in last year’s awards for her outstanding performance in My Name is Rachel Corrie, this is Amelia Sargisson’s second time in the Nominee Interview Series. She’s back in the same category (Best Actress in a Regional […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2013 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Shakespeare Bash’d Artistic Director James Wallis is nominated for his second My Theatre Award in a row for playing one of Shakespeare’s great comedic leading men at the Toronto Fringe Festival. This time around the Best Actor […]

  Kelly Bedard

Firebrand, the newest site-specific piece from Single Thread Theatre Company, is like a poster child for what the company does. Or at least what they’ve been doing lately. The very nature of Single Thread’s process is (I believe unintentionally) locking them into a niche that is interesting but fairly limiting. They pick a space (often […]

  Theresa Perkins

What is it precisely about social media and the advent of incessant and overbearing forms of constant communication that have led to the breakdown of meaningful long distance relationships? Shouldn’t the ability to maintain interpersonal communications allow two individuals to grow together? Or, is there some truth in the old adage that absence makes the […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2013 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. One of our Best Actor nominees in Toronto’s Regional Category, Alex McCooeye was a refreshing, funny and terrifying Richard III. The success of Shakespeare in the Ruff’s 2013 production in Withrow Park rested squarely on […]

  Justis Danto-Clancy

Theatre Columbus’s Weather the Weather or how we make it home together is a good-natured evening full of holiday spirit in the Brickworks. This uniquely Canadian story of homecoming and magic is served cold and garnished with exaggerated, amusing performances across the board. The audience spends the duration of the play following the action around […]

  Justis Danto-Clancy

Walking into Baro Theatre’s opening night production of Danny And The Deep Blue Sea on Saturday night felt more like walking into an underground, bare-knuckle boxing match than into a theatre. The concrete floors, exposed pipe and fore stage, red-lit bar gave the theatre its gritty feel. Director Aaron Willis and his production team didn’t […]

  Theresa Perkins

I feel like I have visited the sanctum of red-haired women and should dye my hair fuchsia plum before disclosing their secrets. Thankfully, having rocked (albeit fake) red hair at least twice in my life, I think that I am qualified to say this: One Old Crow Productions’ creative staging of Sherry Kramer’s David’s RedHaired […]

  Kelly Bedard

This is the second year in a row that My Theatre’s Emerging Artist Award has gone to someone who serves as the face of their theatre company (this year’s Honorary Award did too). The reason for that is fairly simple- the regular My Theatre Awards have a ton of acting categories, one for playwrights and […]

After two instalments of highly critical Fringe complaining (Part 1, Part 2– my colleagues were much nicer), I have two productions left to discuss. One was pretty good but not as great as I wanted it to be, one was one of the highlights of the year in theatre so far. But what they share is the participation of artists […]

A burlesque show modeled on the Bible when it was all smite and terror and sex? Sounds like it can’t get much better than that. For me, the pleasure in watching burlesque is as much about enjoyment of dance and sexuality as it is watching the performers have an amazing time. There was no denying […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2012 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. The creator/writer/director (with Jonathan Langley) of one of the biggest theatrical undertaking in Toronto indie theatre last year, Karen Knox created the immersive world of Best Production nominee The Loyalists. She joined our Nominee Interview Series to talk […]

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. The architect-designer behind one of the most complicated theatrical undertakings of the year, Jay Pooley constructed an entire 19th century town in Victoria Memorial Park for Single Thread Productions’ The Loyalists, a site-specific, audience-inclusive depiction of The Battle […]

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. A rising star of the Toronto indie scene, Leah Holder’s fierce and indelible performance was the highlight of  Single Thread Theatre’s standout original piece The Campbell House Story. The charming Best Supporting Actress in a Regional Production nominee […]

  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 […]

  Maddi Chapin

Shakespeare in the Park doesn’t have to– and shouldn’t– be artistically confined by the fact that it takes place in the summer, and the Public Theater is commendable for often putting on shows that seem in argument with the very theater in which they take place. But sometimes, when the thermometer goes way up and […]

  Kelly Bedard

I was running around downtown Toronto like a madwoman Tuesday night, and not just because Single Thread Theatre’s The Loyalists Actually involves running (I know, I made that face too). I was mostly running because I saw two different site-specific shows in one night. I was at Campbell House (Queen & University) for 7pm to […]

  Kelly Bedard

Last night I took in a one-act site-specific double feature of The Loyalists in Victoria Memorial Square and Sockdolager at Campbell House, though the two have literally nothing in common apart from being set in Toronto in some century other than this one. I started off the night with The Templeton Philharmonic at Campbell House […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2011 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present the My Theatre Nominee Interview Series. There aren’t many actors currently in the Toronto indie scene as dynamic as Viktor Lukawski. Trained in Paris to have superhuman physical abilities, he’s just daring enough to walk that line between inspired and […]

  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

I see so much theatre that sometimes a really great show can slip through the cracks and not get reviewed. If I see something without a press ticket, or on closing weekend, or when I’ve already got an overwhelming pile of playbills on my desk, I have a bad habit of telling myself I’m not […]