Pictured above: (Top) David Noel, Stefanie Buxton, (Bottom) Mary Harvey, Brett Watson. Performing in Hudson Village Theatre’s Private Lives by Noel Coward.
Matthew Tiffin provides gender twist to the Private Lives of Noël Cowar
From Ghostbusters at the cinema to an all-female Julius Caesar in Montreal parks, and on to news that Channing Tatum will be donning Daryl Hannah’s fish tail in a remake of Splash, gender swap re-imaginings seem to be all the rage right now. And this week, Hudson Village Theatre will be flipping the male and female roles in Noël Coward’s elegant 1930 comedy of squabbling couples, Private Lives. An eccentric move, perhaps, but one which makes more sense after you notice how often its characters poke fun at the way polite society assigns prefabricated male and female traits.
Pierrefonds actor dons heels for his debut with Hudson Village Theatre
Rahul Gandhi is having a blast preparing for his debut at the Hudson Village Theatre as part of the cast of the Noël Coward comedy Private Lives, which opens on Aug. 10.
Broadway star Adam Pascal from Rent, Cabaret & Memphis fame Montreal bound
If you have seen the motion picture Rent as many times as I have, then you are well aware of the talent of Adam Pascal. He portrayed rock musician Roger Davis in the film, after having already done so in the Off Broadway, Broadway and London editions. His career has also featured roles in such hits as Cabaret, Aida, Memphis and Disaster.
How the SummerWorks festival continues to feed the cultural economy of Canada
The SummerWorks festival, which kicks off its 26th season this week in Toronto, started small. Back in 1991, a group of five friends decided that the growing Toronto theatre community needed another festival in the style of the Fringe. In the intervening quarter century, the festival has become a cultural hub that isn’t just integral to Toronto’s theatre community, but to the entire country’s.
How stories shaped Weyni Mengesha into the theatre director she is today
Two stories from Weyni Mengesha’s upbringing help explain how she became the storyteller she is – a Canadian theatre director whose bridge-building philosophy has led to big box-office successes like ’da Kink in My Hair and Kim’s Convenience, and an artist with unusual insight into plays about war and royal families.
Soulpepper’s 20th season boasts 20 Canadian plays
Canadian theatre has never seen anything like the Soulpepper Theatre Company’s 20th anniversary season. “We have 20 plays being put on in one year which have a Canadian author attached,” says founding artistic director Albert Schultz about Tuesday’s announcement. “It’s the largest season of Canadian plays ever presented anywhere in the world in a single year.”
SummerWorks festival makes ‘huge step’ in gender parity
When d’bi.young anitafrika applied to have her work shown at the SummerWorks festival approximately 14 years ago, she did not have the money to pay the entry fee. But Franco Boni, the artistic producer at the time, let her show her work anyway.
The Island Fringe Festival is set to begin its fifth year, and is running from August 4 – 7 in Charlottetown. The fringe festival is a celebration of alternative and independent theatre, both local and from other areas, and this year features eight productions, with shows daily.
Kawa Ada and Ravi Jain consider each other, in Jain’s words, “theatre brothers.” Both 36, their paths from the indie scene into some of Toronto’s most prestigious theatre institutions have been parallel and often overlapping. Ada has been the leading man in three of Jain’s productions and their work together has earned them some of the city’s top theatre honours.
Soulpepper trilogy contempory, classic look at racism
Soulpepper Theatre Company began in 1998 as a champion of lesser-known classic plays. But following Soulpepper’s new mandate to become Canada’s National Civic Theatre, the company’s announcement of its upcoming season includes a mini-festival of experimental contemporary solo performances and a celebration of Diwali including a performance of Twelfth Night (Piya Behrupiya) by India’s The Company Theatre.
Theatre actress Natasha Mumba shows promising start to Shaw career
In the Shaw Festival’s current winning production of The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God, Natasha Mumba stars as the eponymous, sparky protagonist. And the adjectives are pouring in. “Fierce and funny,” praised one critic, while The Globe’s own J. Kelly Nestruck saw her as “charmingly confrontational.”