Now in Our 18th Year
July 2015 - This Month
Get out your walking shoes!
The Toronto Fringe Festival offers over 1100 jaw-dropping performances in a city-wide bonanza of theatre.
Newsworthy: inspired by the real-life ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899, Newsies is a rousing musical about a band of underdogs fighting for what's right.
Panamania: Toronto opens its doors to the PanAm Games & Parapan Am Games - and 12 World Premiere Theatre Productions plus, dance, music, fashion, and visual arts to Toronto in a way that the city has never seen before. See Theatreworld.
Banner Photo Credits: L to R: Welcome Clown: The Green Bird from Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba; Ben Carlson in The Taming of the Shrew at the Stratford Festival; Tara Rosling in You Never Can Tell at the Shaw Festival; ; Kawa Ada in Accidental Death of an Anarchist for the Soulpepper Theatre Company.
In Memoriam: Director Robin Phillips passed away on July 26, 2015 at the age of 73. An extraordinary director who served as Artistic Director at the Stratford Festival for six seasons, British born Phillips had an illustrious career in Canada directing acclaimed productions here as well as the United States and his native England. He brought a standard of excellence wherever he worked. He received an Order of Canada in 2005 and a Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2010. An exhibition of photographs documenting his work at Stratford, entitled “Robin Phillips Directs: A Visual Record,” is currently on display in the Festival Archives and is open to the public on weekdays.
Interview: Directing open air theatre isn't always a breeze. Two young directors talk about taking on Shakespeare at Toronto's Shakespeare in the Park. See Spotlight.
Openings: July 27 to Aug. 3, 2015. Dive at the Array Space; Spring Awakening at The Randolph Theatre; Dusk Dances at Withrow Park; Ottawa: The Things We Do for Love at Strathcona Park. See Previews.
Photo: from Dusk Dances at Withrow Park.
Reviews: Kinky Boots at the Royal Alexandra Theatre; Newsies at the Ed Mirvish Theatre; Gimme Shelter at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts (for Panamania); Ganonoque, ON: The Pirates of Penzance at the Thousand Islands Playhouse; Ottawa: The Comedy of Errors at various Ottawa parks. See Reviews.
Shaw 2015 Festival Reviews: Sweet Charity, You Never Can Tell, The Lady from the Sea;The Twelve Pound Look; See Shaw
Stratford 2015 Reviews: Hamlet; The Diary of Anne Frank; The Sound of Music; Carousel; The Taming of the Shrew; Oedipus Rex. See Stratford.