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Monday, March 05, 2007

Seen any good theatre lately?

We put the question to the streets, so to speak, for this: a random sampling of shows people have seen and liked.

Jessica Greenberg – actor and Director of Education and Outreach for Studio 180 Theatre.

What a refreshing treat to attend an evening at the theatre featuring some spectacular chiquitas. Hannah Moscovitch’s The Russian Play and USSR (Company Theatre Crisis/Absit Omen Theatre) are two plays giving voice to women, beautifully portrayed with wit and grace by Michelle Monteith (The Russian Play) and Maev Beatty (USSR). As always, Hannah’s work is funny, moving, surprising and smart and both Michelle and Maev offer performances well worth the trip down to the lake. The down side is that they only run from Feb. 21-24 as part of the Hatch Festival at Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre. Perhaps these gems will have a future life . . .
The Russian Play will play again during the Magnetic North Theatre Festival June 6-16th.

Helen Taylor – Shaw actor and pet owner who loves to walk her dog, Lulu, in the park. Recently seen in Hana’s Suitcase.

The wonderful Danny, King of the Basement at LKTYP is a Roseneath Theatre production about a single mom and her son struggling to get by in Toronto. It’s hilariously written and acted and genuinely moving to boot. The colourful urban set has its own witty personality. Take your kids, check, go see it even if you don’t have kids. A real gem.
Danny King of the Basement, by Daniel Craig, ran at LKTYP Feb. 4-25.

Caryn Green – actor, producer and baker of delicious chocolate and white Toblerone cupcakes. Currently completing The Passion of Winnie, a short film about Winnie Mandela to be featured at the Luminato Festival, June 2007.
John and Beatrice definitely got my goat! What incredible, brave performances by Canada’s finest actors, Caroline Cave and Rick Roberts, in a gut-wrenching, poignant story about the search for love. A perfect antidote to Valentine’s Day clichés – this play will move you to laughter and tears.
John and Beatrice by Carole Frechette runs at The Tarragon Extra Space until March 24.

Have you seen any good theatre lately? Please drop us a line with the word.

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