Thursday Theatre Thoughts – Page to Stage

This month, two plays are opening up which are based on novels by two brilliant Canadian authors: Fifteen Dogs at Crow’s Theatre and Fall on Your Knees at Canadian Stage. These productions follow closely on the heels of the National Ballet’s production of MADADDAM, based on the trilogy of the same name by Margaret Atwood.…

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Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s “The First Stone”

The first production in Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s 2022/23 season is the breathtaking The First Stone written by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard and directed by Yvette Nolan. Depicting the struggles of the Ugandan people during the height of the Lord’s Resistance Army, The First Stone masterfully tackles this heartbreaking topic while leaving you with a feeling of hope for…

Canadian Stage’s “Public Enemy”

Canadian Stage is kicking off their mainstage 2022/23 season with Olivier Choinière’s Public Enemy. Adapted by Bobby Theodore and directed by Brendan Healy, Public Enemy uniquely explores humanity via family dinners and the chaos they inevitably create. Starring masters of their craft and brilliant newcomers, Public Enemy is unlike anything I’ve experienced and it is…

Soulpepper Theatre’s “Bad Parent”

Ins Choi brings his insightful new play Bad Parent home to Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre to start its rolling world premiere. Bad Parent, directed by Meg Roe, takes a hard look at the lives of Norah and Charles after the birth of their son, Mountain. Through the use of frequent moments of direct address, Norah and…

Crow’s Theatre’s “Uncle Vanya”

Crow’s Theatre is opening their 2022/23 season with a magnificent production of Chekov’s Uncle Vanya. With a new adaptation by Liisa Repo-Martell and directed by Crow’s Artistic Director Chris Abraham, this dynamic duo has created a theatrical experience unlike anything I’ve seen at Crow’s thus far. Performed in the round by some of the greatest…

Soulpepper’s “Queen Goneril” and “King Lear”

Soulpepper theatre is offering a unique experience for audiences at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the heart of the historic Distillery District. They’re currently producing Erin Shields’ Queen Goneril (directed by Soulpepper’s Artistic Director Weyni Mengesha), a prequel to Shakespeare’s classic King Lear (directed by Kim Collier). While both plays could easily…