The Woods Are Dark and
Deep is one of those plays whose heart is in the right place, but one that
Clearly, playwright Mladen Obradovic is passionate about his
subject – the little known fact that during World War 1, Canada put 8500
immigrants into 24 internment camps, including whole families, who had
passports from the enemy combatants. Given the scope of empires, this included Germans, Italians, Ukrainians, Croats,
Serbs, Austrians, Hungarians and Turks.
Mostly men, these immigrants were used as a manual labour
force, –Read More
Photo: Nicola Betts
There are student performances, and then there are student
performances. At the Glenn Gould School, the students are mostly in their
twenties and are on a career track. One expects both the singers and the
orchestra to be at near professional level, and musically, the performance of
Mozart’s The Magic Flute did not
disappoint. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
One of the main impacts of these professional training
program performances is to introduce the young artists to watch, and the most
accomplished singer of the –Read More
Photo by Dahlia Katz
Unsafe is billed
as a performance documentary that is an inquiry into censorship and art in
Canada. It is also the story of its own creation, as it were, because we follow
how the idea behind Unsafe, grew into
the show now being performed at the Berkeley. It is also, of course, something
much more. Unsafe may fly off in tangents,
and at times be unruly, but it is a fund of fascinating information that leads
to provocative questions.
Polymath Sook-Yin Lee, who is credited –Read More
Theatre Review – Theatre Passe Muraille, Pencil Kit Productions & Aluna Theatre/Chicho by Augusto Bitter
Photo by Tanja Tiziana
From the program cover: “Chicho: (NOT Chico!) – a queer-Catholic-man-boy from Venezuela”. And that, in a nutshell is what this one-man show is all about.
If there is a more charismatic performer gracing Toronto stages this year than Augusto Bitter, I’d be very surprised. Bitter is both the writer and performer of Chicho, and he is beyond talented, not to mention that he possess an inquiring mind of immense intelligence. He can act, dance, and sing, and has –Read More
Theatre Review – Obsidian Theatre & Nightwood Theatre/School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh
Among the many refreshing elements of Jocelyn Bioh’s School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, is that it features schoolgirls who happen to be black. With a little customization, these girls could be Jewish, Italian, Chinese or whatever. In other words, this play allows us to see black girls in their own specific context, but one that has universal resonance.
Bioh is a Ghanaian-American playwright based in New York, and she has given us a –Read More