Toronto Theatre Buzz

Preview: The Wizard of Oz (Young People’s Theatre)

Wizzard of Oz, YPT

Few stories have such cultural traction in young hearts and minds as The Wizard of Oz does, and few cultural institutions gets so much so right about what interests young people as does Young People’s Theatre. So it makes perfect sense that during their silver anniversary season (50 years!), YPT tackle the venerable, delightful tale of a young person who dreams vividly of a different life.

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Preview: Disgraced (Mirvish)

disgraced-photoMirvish presents the Toronto premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s Pultizer Prize-winning play Disgraced

Mirvish is producing the Toronto premiere of Disgraced, a new play by Pakistani-American writer Ayad Akhtar that grapples with issues like politics, religion, Muslim-American identity and Islamophobia. Disgraced received critical acclaim in Chicago, London, and New York, won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and will be one of the most-produced plays in North America this season.

We asked actor Raoul Bhaneja, who plays the lead role of Amir, a few questions about the show: Continue reading Preview: Disgraced (Mirvish)

Preview: New Ideas Festival (Alumnae Theatre)

Photo from the New Ideas Festival by Bruce Peters

What do three women mountain climbers at the top of their game, a dysfunctional parent council, three curious housemaids, a group of at-risk kids in a rehab yoga class, a street canvasser, a South American cardinal with a shady past, and Irish poet W.B. Yeats have in common? If your instinct was to say “nothing at all,” then you might want to check out the fascinating lineup in store for you at the New Ideas Festival, running March 9 – 27 at Alumnae Theatre.

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Preview: Mikveh (Harold Green Jewish Theatre)

Mikveh

On Sunday March 6th 2016, the Harold Green Jewish Theatre presents a dramatic reading of Mikveh, by Hadar Galron, at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. When Mikveh premiered in Israel in 2004, it was met with wide acclaim and some controversy. The show throws open the doors to not only a very private ritual in the Orthodox Jewish community (a mikveh is a bath used for ritual immersion, often used by women to regain purity after menstruation or childbirth), but also secrets and scandals that echo real ones faced by the community: felt, but rarely discussed. Continue reading Preview: Mikveh (Harold Green Jewish Theatre)

Preview: Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

Toronto Sketchfest PosterThe Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival – AKA “Comedy Christmas” – is on from March 3 – 13, 2016. It’s the “main event” in a group of other festivals: The Best of the Fest Encore Show (June); and Sketch ComAgeddon (October).

This year’s lineup includes over 70 troupes from across North America, promising to make audiences laugh at three Toronto venues: The Theatre Centre, Comedy Bar and Randolph Theatre. Twitter users can follow the action using the #TOSketchFest16 hashtag.

We spoke to Julianne Snepsts, co-founder and managing producer of the The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival a few questions about the festival, and what audiences can expect to experience.

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