Every now and then, things get a little bit dramatic up in hurr. With a few resident drama queens in our midst, we’re thrilled to be working with some incredible performing arts clients this year, like Canadian Stage and Art of Time Ensemble (not to mention some great past shows like Potted Potter and Love Lies Bleeding) To stay on top of the season’s buzziest openings and hottest shows, we’ve enlisted theatre-blogger-extraordinaire, Christine Gresham of Theatre Isn’t Dead for a new monthly column called Stage Write. She’ll lend some theatre expertise each month and give you the goods on the latest and greatest theatre shows in Toronto.
To start, here’s what we’re most excited about this fall on the city’s stages.
Fall is one of my fave times of year – the leaves change colour, the weather becomes cooler, so my wardrobe options increase, and, Halloween arrives, bringing with it the self-mutilating urge to increase my sub-zero tolerance for scary things.
At the moment, I still can’t handle scary movies, stories or even photos. Case in point – someone told me the plot of Paranormal Activity, and I couldn’t sleep that night. I hadn’t seen a trailer for the movie, let alone ANY image from it and I woke up multiple times in the night convinced an (spoiler alert!) invisible hoofed demon was standing over my bed waiting to possess me.
So this year I’m looking to the theatre (where else?!) to help me become a tougher, more down-with-the-gore, more supernatural-loving person.
Here’s where I’m starting:
Sunday, October 7 to Saturday, October 20 at The Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front. St. E.)
A jaded theatre critic in a gritty film noir rendition of 1930s Vancouver falls for the screen siren Mila, and is caught dangerously between two warring mob families – one controlling the city’s playhouses, the other its cinemas. As the action moves from screen to stage and back again, Tear the Curtain! blurs the boundaries between film and theatre in a stylish psychological thriller that’ll knock your socks off.
Wednesday, November 14 to Sunday, November 18 @ The Ed Mirvish Theatre (244 Victoria St.)
The classic tale of good and evil is re-vamped and re-mounted with all of the chilling Broadway songs that first grabbed audiences by the throat and transformed the show into a theatrical phenomenon.
Tuesday, October 30 to Sunday, November 4 at The Enwave Theatre (231 Queens Quay W.)
Aliens have landed! Again! In the return of the sold-out 2001 production of the play based on Orson Welles’s infamous radio broadcast. The all-star cast of Sean Cullen (The Producers) joins Nicholas Campbell (Da Vinci’s Inquest) and Marc Bendavid (The Border) is accompanied by an on-stage radio orchestra and remains chilling enough to cause Margaret Atwood to tweet “Brilliant! Not 2 miss!”.