The Edge Productions’ “Venus in Fur”

The Edge Productions opens its tantalizing production of Venus in Fur this week at Shō Studios. This dynamic, intriguing two person play by David Ives is perfectly suited to the intimate setting at Shō, and beguiles audience members with a story of art, love, and the politics of sex. Venus in Fur is based on…

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University Player’s Production of “A Streetcar Named Desire”

The University Players continued their 60th Anniversary season with Tennessee Williams' classic drama A Streetcar Named Desire. Set in New Orleans in the 1950's, the story is a harrowing tale of love, loss, and desire, and how all of those emotions react under close quarters. If you haven't had the chance to go to the enchanting…

Arts Collective Theatre’s “Dreamgirls”

Arts Collective Theatre opened their spring offering, Dreamgirls, to an enthusiastic audience Friday night. Called a “year long dream” by ACT director Chris Rabideau, Dreamgirls is a high energy trip to the past of show biz! Before Friday’s performance Rabideau mentioned that Dreamgirls was the stage debut of ninety percent of the cast; a huge…

“Perf(ucked)” written and performed by Somerville Black

Perf(ucked), a new piece conceived and performed by Somerville Black, premiered at the University of Windsor. A true display of vulnerability, both physically and emotionally, Perf(ucked) explores the evening of a model/waitress as she discusses her life with the artists sketching her. I was astounded at the level of openness Black infused into this piece, as…

Resident Artist Blog: Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster

A beautiful piece about the conversations we need to be having as artists and members of the theatre community. Courtney is a consummate professional and I’m so thankful to have met her.

Today, a bunch of theatre makers sat in a room together and rehearsed a play—but we didn’t recite our lines, or work on the staging.

We’re in our second week of rehearsal on Idomeneus, a script by Roland Schimmelpfennig, and directed by Alan Dilworth. Alan never expected, when he started planning to direct this show, that he would also be carrying the weighty responsibility of Acting Artistic Director during such a challenging time at Soulpepper. Despite the many pressures on him right now, what I see him doing, with such commitment, is holding space for the admin and staff and artists in this building to express their anxieties and hopes in this time of change.

So back to how we rehearsed today. We started the day with conversation, first about a scene in our show with sexual content and how we felt about presenting that content. Soon, we were talking…

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Post Productions’ “Doubt”

Post Productions is starting off their 2018 season with a bang! With a new theatre and a great line up of shows, Post Productions is no doubt going to be a name you'll be hearing frequently. Their first offering this year is Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Stanley. An engaging play featuring only four…

Groundling Theatre Company’s “Lear”

Groundling Theatre Company has outdone itself with its latest production. Lear, directed by company founder Graham Abbey, is a breathtaking, beautiful exploration of what Shakespeare's King Lear has to offer. At the helm of this exploration is the adoption of a female Lear. Seana McKenna portrays a powerful, maternal, and pitiable Queen Lear.Watching her exchanges with her…