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

I, like almost everyone else, had never seen The Winter’s Tale before this year at the Stratford Festival . I’d read it, discussed possible stagings, and analyzed the characters, but never seen for myself the play with 2 worlds. That, I suppose, is a theme at Stratford this year: 2 contrasting worlds in a single […]

  Kelly Bedard

I love Toronto. There are many many reasons for this, not the least of which is the independent theatre scene. Every week it seems I stumble upon another company dedicated to doing theatre their way, whatever way that may be. Often small, rarely well-funded and often brimming with talent, Toronto’s many many theatre companies are […]

  Kelly Bedard

Dangerous Liaisons (at the Stratford Festival this season) is pretty badass. It’s badass in embarrassingly large and frilly french wigs (Yanna McIntosh as Mme de Volanges wears a particularly silly one). It’s badass in petticoats, badass in tights and badass while perched daintily on lavishly ornate pieces of furniture. This solid piece of badassery is […]

  Kelly Bedard

Do Not Go Gentle, Geraint Wyn Davies’ one-man show at Stratford, was a strange experience for me. I didn’t care about the life of poet Dylan Thomas going in and I can’t really say the play convinced me I should change my mind. But it didn’t seem to matter if I cared about Thomas, as […]

  Kelly Bedard

I find it singularly difficult to review a production that everyone seems to love. Everyone I’ve spoken to about the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s Peter Pan has told me they loved it. And I don’t mean casual love, I mean “that was the best thing ever!”, rave reviews that tell me the production will surely blow […]

  Kelly Bedard

… but he’s not living in Paris. He’s in Stratford, hanging out with Brent Carver and having a grand old time. Jaques Brel himself may just be the star of this show, no offense to the four sensational performers featured in The Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s staging. It’s his songs that really make the piece fly. […]

  Kelly Bedard

The Two Gentlemen of Verona is my favourite production at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival this year. If you know me at all, it wouldn’t have been very difficult to predict that. First of all, it’s the first show I’ve ever seen in the festival’s relatively new studio theatre (a beautiful and intimate space with a […]

  Kelly Bedard

That quote is actually referencing Lear but seems somehow appropriate to The Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s current production of The Tempest. First of all, it’s from Slings and Arrows, a television show based on the festival. Second, it’s addressed to William Hutt, a Stratford star with insurmountable gravitas (not unlike Christopher Plummer), who’s final role before […]

  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

Last week was a strange week of musical theatre for a couple of My Theatre writers. Wednesday evening saw us taking in a professional touring company at the lavish Four Seasons Centre in Dancap’s production of Miss Saigon. The following night we were sitting in the much more humble Al Green Theatre taking in a […]

  Kelly Bedard

The Stratford Festival took on something big this year in tackling Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera Evita. For the title role of passionate icon Eva Peron, the company chose their favourite little girl: Chilina Kennedy, a tiny ingenue with a big voice and a knack for ditzy charm. Her husband, Peron, would […]

  Kelly Bedard

After taking a “Music Through the Ages” class on Onegin with Clayton Scott last summer, I knew I’d be kicking myself if I didn’t see one of the National Ballet’s only eight performances of the ballet this June. Onegin is an extremely rarely performed piece, licensed to only a handful of companies around the world […]

Urban Bard is unlike any company I’ve ever seen. It is exactly what its name suggests, urban bard, nothing more or less. This season’s contrasting productions of the uber popular Twelfth Night and the sadly obscure Two Noble Kinsmen are innovative to the point where I was literally giggling in delight at every scene change. […]

  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 […]

  Kelly Bedard

The Last Five Years is one of my favourite things ever written for the stage. In it, composer Jason Robert Brown shares a uniquely personal story of the 5 year relationship between him and his wife that ended in broken vows, a broken marriage and broken hearts. Standing in for their real life counterparts are […]