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 Stratford Shakespeare Festival has just announced their 2011 roster. Here are the highlights (and lowlights): Richard III: it’s a great play, fascinating really. But it is 99.9% dependent on a truly solid leading man. It needs someone who will bring something new to the part and keep the audience interested pretty much single handedly. […]

YouTube Stratford Preview: As You Like It
  Kelly Bedard

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  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

I participated in a conference call with host Sean Hayes earlier this week and was not impressed. The man had never been to the Tonys before and had only seen one of the nominated productions (Red). Top that off with the occasional rude comment, his repetition of the fact that he has no hosting ambitions […]

  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 […]

  James Melo

In Defense of Faires as Theatre or I just can’t wait for Faire Season For those of us who worship Hugh Laurie for his portrayal of Dr. Gregory House, I’m sure no one even considered for a second missing last week’s episode. For those of you who don’t, I’ll explain. Last week (not this past […]

  Tessa Cernik

I must first admit that it took me a few days to gather my thoughts about Alumnae Theatre’s production of The Queens by Normand Chaurette, translated by Linda Gaboriau. Upon my return to Toronto after a year of participating in the Halifax theatre scene, I was very excited to get the opportunity to start my […]

  Kelly Bedard

The summer will soon be upon us and that means many things. It’s baseball season, Dream in High Park starts (relatively) soon, al fresco dining is back within the realm of possibility. But most important of all, it means the start of a new season at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, my personal favourite destination for […]

Shakespeare is more amazing than you give him credit for

Much Ado About a Midsummer Night’s King Macbeth IV Part 2 or Remembering William Shakespeare On this most auspicious of days, April 23- Shakespeare’s birthday, I thought that I might take a moment or two to remember one of the greatest men who ever lived. Shakespeare was, both in my opinion and in the opinion […]

  Kelly Bedard

Yes, that’s right kids, it’s April 23. Which means that it’s Shakespeare’s birthday! It’s also Shakespeare’s deathday (spooky, I know) but that’s depressing, so we’re going to focus on the fact that it’s his birthday. In honour of this most prestigious of days, I offer you a list of my 15 favourites from the illustrious […]

  Kelly Bedard

Last weekend BU on Broadway premiered their spring mainstage production: a lighthearted and uplifting musical, a favourite of mine, Seussical. Though plagued with the occasional flaw, the production was for the most part absolutely wonderful and easily one of my favourite things I’ve seen in my time in Boston. Seussical itself, written by Ahrens and […]

  Kelly Bedard

I have this friend who has played many of Shakespeare’s greatest roles, heroes and villains alike. He’s tackled Aaron the moor and Richard III, Oberon, Lear and Hamlet among others. But just the other night he said something that struck me as strange, “I’ve never had any desire to play Mackers”. Now, there are jokes […]

Something You Should Read
  Kelly Bedard

Readers of this blog may notice a pattern. We at My Theatre are very fond of quoting, referencing and generally expressing our love for something called Slings & Arrows. In case this has confused you greatly, I’m here to clear it up. Slings is a Canadian TV show about a Shakespeare company. It’s “a comedy […]

  James Melo

“Oppose not Scythia to Ambitious Rome” or How I played Demetrius and Kept My Soul So, we’re two days into a run of a play that we’ve been working on for the better part of the last five months. Now, that’s a long time, considering that the last play I was in went up in […]

A Theatrical Televisual Moment
  Kelly Bedard

It’s a rare occurrence when two of my great loves come together: Television and Shakespeare. The best example is the comedy Slings &Arrows, about the antics of a Canadian Shakespeare company. PBS airing Ian McKellan’s King Lear as part of their “Great Performances” series and his subsequent Emmy nomination is another wonderful example. When Hey […]

  Kelly Bedard

Last week I saw the touring production of The Lion King at The Boston Opera House. It was okay. I say it was only okay not because it was anything less than a thoroughly enjoyable musical experience but because the piece itself is capable of being so much more. During its extended stay in Toronto […]

My Theatre is thrilled to introduce its newest author, James Melo. A Shakespeare buff and general theatre-lover, James has a bone to pick with one of the Bard’s lesser-known comedies. “I to the world am like a drop of water That in the ocean seeks another drop,” or Why William Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors is […]

  Kelly Bedard

In fact, the best SHOW in town, and perhaps the greatest thing I’ve seen in quite some time, is called My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding. Playing now at the Panasonic Theatre in Toronto, MMLJWW is the latest great product of the Toronto Fringe Festival, the same festival that started The Drowsy Chaperone on its way […]

Welcome Theatre Fans
  Kelly Bedard

Let me introduce you to “My Theatre” a new theatre blog and the newest addition to “My Entertainment World”. Fans of “My TV” will be familiar with the format of this new blog. Here myself and other hand-selected theatre lovers will share our thoughts on the latest in the world of theatre, be that criticism […]