Sunday, January 7, 2018

Play List

Looking over last year's theatre stubs I see a good variety and some common threads.

There were six works by Canadian playwrights (Five Faces, Sheets, Boy and the Moon, Office Hours, Am I Pretty Now, and Life After).

Four musicals (HMS Pinafore, Am I Pretty Now, Beautiful and Life After)

A good mix of professional and amateur, classical and new.

Probably the most disappointing play this year was Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. Having seen this on Broadway, we had high expectations. Although this travelling version did not have the same calibre of acting, it still deserved its rave reviews in Toronto

Sheets, performed by naked actors, was one of the more memorable performances. Boy in the Moon, one of the most powerful story lines.

Craving something now, haven't been in awhile....

  • Five Faces of Evelyn Frost (Can Stage in Feb) "Social media critique"
  • Sheets (Videofag in April) "Nakedness is also at the heart of the indie production"
  • Picasso at the Lapin Agile (East Side Players March) written by Steve Martin
  • Office Hours (East Side Players in April) workplace vignettes to spice up 9-5
  • Boy in the Moon (Toronto Crows Nest in May) "a tragedy about inclusivity's limits"
  • Twelfth Night (Stratford in July) "Shipwrecked twins, a lovesick duke and a self-important servant who becomes the ultimate fashion victim"
  • HMS Pinafore (Stratford in July) Gilbert and Sullivan operetta
  • Am I Pretty Now (Fringe Festival in July) "A musical romp through plastic surgery"
  • Madness of King George (Shaw Festival in August) The king loses control of his mind and body
  • Beautiful (Mirvish in August) Carol King's music woven into a tapestry
  • Life After (Centre Stage in October) Coming of age and into wisdom
  • Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Mirvish in November) Hard not to compare this one to the Broadway production

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