Tarragon Theatre’s “Yaga”

Kat Sandler has another poignant, hilarious hit on her hands with her latest work Yaga. Making its world premiere at the Tarragon Theatre Mainspace, Yaga is a stellar start to Tarragon's 2019/2020 Season. Sandler expertly plays with the legend of Baba Yaga and weaves it into a riveting whodunit infused with such sexuality, power, and intrigue…

Stratford Festival’s Production of “The Front Page”

What's the latest scoop hot off the presses at the Stratford Festival? The Front Page, that's what! Marking Graham Abbey's directorial debut at the Festival, The Front Page is a hilarious, poignant work which is just as relevant and ruthless today as it was when it was written. The Front Page chronicles an evening in a courthouse…

University Players’ Production of “God of Carnage”

The University Players' latest offering, Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage, is an intense, emotional roller coaster. Brimming with intelligent dialogue which is punctuated with the most delightfully awkward silences imaginable, God of Carnage examines violence not only within our society, but on a global level. God of Carnage is powerfully performed by four actors: Conor Murphy and…

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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