Friday, July 13, 2018

BOY WONDERS AND 'GIRLS' GLAMOUR

BOY WONDERS 
& 

'GIRLS' GLAMOUR


BOY WONDERS
A fine ensemble cast of teenaged thespians makes this imaginative script a fun fast paced romp through the psyches of behind the scenes unsung comic book heroes. A standout performance, in the midst of a delightful
and talented cast, comes from Brad Brackenridge as the older semi-super hero assistant. His layered performance, filled with detailed physicality and expression, creates a solid foundation for his cohorts to play off of from beginning to end. With a finely tuned comic presence,
laced with elements of Jack Nicholson at his charismatic best, his presence is created by a playwright who strategically places a mature character at the centre of fledgling young souls moving through the same bittersweet trap their super hero status affords them. And the costumes are adorable!!!

THE DING DONG GIRLS
 A wonderful spacey drag concoction. The Ding Dong girls has a lovely breakneck sense of drag cracking through the complex of glitzy glass sequinned ceilings of entertainment, performance art, and plain downright campy fun - as it finds highlights in songs that speak metaphorically of cracks in the sky where all that is fabulous can break through - alongside politicized drag infused performance pieces that campily portray other aspects of drag persona. 

A thrilling and promising beginning for a show that needs a post finrge full length production to give it the after life it so richly deserves, Wonderful songs, amazing performances, and a dialogue between divas that holds the potential for a great big splashy musical!!!

Company
MoGo Co.
Playwright/Creator
Christopher Richards and Gordon Bowness
Runtime
50m
Facebook promo
The Ding Dong Girls, the hilarious drag musical by Dora-winner Christopher Richards (Molly Wood) and author Gordon Bowness, is the mostly untrue legend of a cross-dressing misfit who gathers around him four other young gay men to form a madcap, politically-motivated drag troupe in early 1990s Toronto. The five friends hurtle off on a roller-coaster ride of self-delusion to create a magical world of power, beauty and sisterhood. This magical world stands in stark contrast to their gloomy reality. Will glamour win out?
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ONE LEFT HOUR: 

THE LIFE AND WORK OF DANIIL KHARMS 


by Good Old Neon 

Randolph Theatre 

July 11 (5:15pm) 
July 12 (noon) 
July 13 (11pm) 
July 14 (5:15pm)




photos of the cast by Nicholas Porteous

Good Old Neons One Left Hour, what one might call a celebratory anti-celebration of an absurdist poet's tortured work, is a splendid tour de force that has the ensemble portraying and performing elements of Daniil Kharms work, persona, and philosophy in a fast paced, beautifully rhythmic hodgepodge of surreal delight and meditation. 

Kharms oeuvre was certainly not about the lighter aspects of the social milieu he inhabited and rebelled against, and One Left Hour represents this with the kind of commitment and respect absurdism demands in order to make the seeming chaos that underlies the action remain both chaotic and clearsighted throughout.

His prison meditation, both spare in tone and lush in meditative sentiment (image below) exemplifies his dedication to both producing intense work and abandoning it when the situation demands. Good Old Neon has taken these qualities and infused their production with moments of audience confrontation and the support of a vocal stage management and tech crew that break all four walls throughout the piece, enteriaining with high spirited physicality, haunting melancholy puppetry, and an exuberance and commitment to the project that fills every moment. The result is a bizarre, beautiful, puzzling, and provocative journey through the work of a bizarre, beautiful and puzzling artist who relentlessly made his art through despite great personal hardship.The current fringe production, honouring his artistic output, is a fine testament to the endurance of even the most non traditional or theatrical aesthetics.

(An Unsuccessful Show)
included in the programme of One Left Hour


Tuesday, June 26, 2018




FOR A LIST OF THE DORA WINNERS SEE

https://www.broadwayworld.com/toronto/article/Toronto-Theatre-Celebrated-at-the-2019-Dora-Awards-Winners-Announced-20180625

DORA HOST ASTRID VAN WIEREN, CURRENTLY APPEARING ON BROADWAY IN THE CANADIAN SMASH HIT 
COME FROM AWAY


SOME HIGHLIGHTS 

KIINALIK; THESE SHARP TOOLS

BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES THEATRE

OUTSTANDING NEW PLAY & OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN/COMPOSITION  
GENERAL THEATRE DIVISION
Evalyn Parry and
Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille co-production
Evalyn Parry and Cris Derksen
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Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille co-production



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JERUSALEM 

OUTSIDE THE MARCH 
& COMPANY

KIM COATES AND THE CAST OF JERUSALEM

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION

Jerusalem
An Outside the March and Company Theatre production, in association with Starvox Entertainment



OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE (MALE)

Kim Coates
Jerusalem
An Outside the March and Company Theatre production, in association with Starvox Entertainment

SCENIC DESIGN
Nick Blais
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Jerusalem
An Outside the March and Company Theatre production, in association with Starvox Entertainment

LIGHTING DESIGN
André du Toit
Jerusalem
An Outside the March and Company Theatre production, in association with Starvox Entertainment

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE
The Ensemble: Jason Cadieux, Nicholas Campbell, Brenna Coates, Shakura Dickson, Diana Donnelly, Peter Fernandes, Christo Graham, Daniel Kash, Evan Kearns, David Kohlsmith, Katelyn McCulloch, Philip Riccio, Kieran Sequoia, Michael Spencer-Davis
Jerusalem
An Outside the March and Company Theatre production, in association with Starvox Entertainment

DIRECTION
Mitchell Cushman
Jerusalem
An Outside the March and Company Theatre production, in association with Starvox Entertainment

Thursday, June 21, 2018

DORA AWARDS 2018

MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018
Toronto's theatre, dance and opera awards!












Hosted by actor Astrid Van Wieren of the Dora Award-winning production 
of Come From Away, currently on Broadway!

The most hotly anticipated celebration of the Toronto performing arts community takes place Monday, June 25 hosted by Astrid Van Wieren,who is currently starring on Broadway in the Dora Award-winning Canadian musical Come From Away (La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Ford's Theatre, Royal Alexandra Theatre/Mirvish Productions and Broadway) as Beulah, the role she originated. She was also in the original North American premiere of Mamma Mia! and the subsequent first U.S. national tour. She co-wrote, co-produced and stars in the Canadian indie feature The River You Step In.

The 39th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards
MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018
At the Winter Garden Theatre of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre,
189 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5B 1M4

7:30pm Dora Mavor Moore Awards Show in the Elgin Theatre
10:30pm After-Party in the Cascading Lobbies of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre
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 KIM COATES
RAVI JAIN
CATHERINE HERNANDEZ
 DJANET SEARS
 EVALYN PARRY
                                                               NORA MACLELLAN
 NIGEL SHAWN WILLIAMS
d'bi young

Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts
Announces VIP Presenters
for 39th ANNUAL DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS
 
Toronto, June 20, 2018 - Jacoba Knaapen, Toronto Alliance or the Performing Arts (TAPA) Executive Director and Dora Mavor Moore Awards Producer, announced the VIP presenters today for the 39th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, to be held on Monday, June 25 at the Winter Garden Theatre of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre.

The Dora Mavor Moore Awards celebrate Toronto's vibrant performing arts scene. This year's celebration is hosted by acclaimed actor Astrid Van Wieren, currently playing the role of "Beulah" in the award-winning Canadian musical Come From Away on Broadway. Come From Away
 is a "Best Musical" winner all across North America. It won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards (NYC) including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, 3 Drama Desk Awards (NYC) including Outstanding Musical, 4 Helen Hayes Awards (D.C.) including Outstanding Production of a Musical, 3 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards, 3 Dora Awards (Toronto) including Outstanding New Musical/Opera, Outstanding Production and more.The 39th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards celebrates excellence in theatre, dance and opera in a glittering ceremony that includes 48 Dora Awards, the Silver Ticket Award, the Pauline McGibbon Award and the Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award. A swanky After-Party in the Cascading Lobbies of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre winds up Toronto's biggest opening night of the year!

The show is written by the multi-talented Emmy, Gemini and Dora-nominated Diane Flacks for the third year in a row while acclaimed theatre director, actor and writer Ed Roy takes the helm as director for his sixth time. Multi-award-winning lighting and production designer Andrea Lundy returns for her 17th consecutive year.

Among the VIP presenters and special guests at this year's awards ceremony are:

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        acclaimed actors Samson Brown (2018 Dora nomination for Roseneath Theatre's Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls ensemble, transgender star of Secrets of a Black Boy), Kim Coates (2018 Dora nomination for Outside the March/Company Theatre's Jerusalem, FX hit series Sons of Anarchystar), Trish Fagan (applauded 13-year Soulpepper Theatre Company veteran), Lisa Horner(currently starring in Come From Away at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, 2013 Dora Award for The Wizard of Oz), Nora McLellan (2017 Dora Award and Toronto Critics' Award for Company Theatre'sJohn), Michelle Monteith (Dora Award for Soulpepper's Of Human Bondage - Ensemble, Toronto Critics Award for Summerworks' Little One) and Ngozi Paul (Global TV's hit comedic drama 'da Kink in my Hair);

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         extraordinary dancers/choreographers Peggy Baker (Governor General's Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018 Dora nomination for unmoored), Yvonne Ng (multi-nominated Dora Award winner, dance: made in canada/fait au canada artistic director) and Bageshree Vaze (trailblazing Indo-Canadian dancer and musician);

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         Artistic Directors Keith Barker (of Native Earth Performing Arts, Métis theatre artist, Yukon Arts Audience Award for Best Art for Social Change), Catherine Hernandez (of b current performing arts, playwright and author whose Scarborough made the "best of 2017" lists for The Globe and Mail and National Post, among others) and Kelly Thornton, long-time Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre, Toronto's feminist theatre company (and Canada's oldest professional women's theatre);
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        powerhouse singer Alana Bridgewater (Soulpepper's Idomeneus, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,Spoon River; Gemini nomination for CBC's Gospel Christmas CBC) and multi-award-winning playwright and director Morris Panych (3-time Dora winner, up for two 2018 Doras for The Overcoat - a musical tailoring as writer and director);

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        widely respected actors and directors Ravi Jain (founding Artistic Director of lauded Why Not Theatre, Tarragon's A Brimful of Asha performer and director) and Nigel Shawn Williams (who performed for 6 seasons at the Stratford Festival and who directs its current hit production of To Kill A Mockingbird);

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       as well as Monica Esteves, Managing Director of Crow's Theatre; Beth Hannah, CEO of Ontario Heritage Trust; Clyde Wagner, President and CEO of Toronto Civic Theatres and Maureen Adamson, the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Deputy Minister of Women's Issues and the Ontario150 Secretariat.


JON KAPLAN AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD: TAPA's Audience Choice Award was renamed the Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award last year in honour of the late and beloved long-time NOW Magazine senior theatre writer. The Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award is co-sponsored by NOW Magazine and Yonge-Dundas Square. The public is invited to choose a winner and vote for their favourite show from the list of nominees for Outstanding Production or they can choose their own. Theatre, dance and opera fans can cast their votes online at https://nowtoronto.com/doras2018through to June 20 at 12 midnight.

The Doras are named for Dora Mavor Moore (1888-1979), a well-loved teacher and director who helped establish Canadian professional theatre in the 1930s and 1940s. Recognizing the outstanding achievements in Toronto's performing arts industry, the Doras honour the creators of almost 200 theatre, dance and opera productions annually in the following Divisions: General Theatre, Independent Theatre, Musical Theatre, Dance, Opera and Theatre for Young Audiences.

39th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards
- Toronto's Theatre, Dance and Opera Awards -
Monday June 25, 2018
Hosted by Astrid Van Wieren, currently starring in the Broadway run of the award-winning Come From Away
Written by Diane Flacks, Directed by Edward Roy
Lighting and Production Design by Andrea Lundy, Produced by Jacoba Knaapen

At the Winter Garden Theatre of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre,
189 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5B 1M4

6:00pm-7:00pm Pre-Show VIP Cocktail Reception in the Cascading Lobbies SOLD OUT
7:30pm Dora Mavor Moore Awards Show in the Winter Garden Theatre
10:30pm After-Party in the Cascading Lobbies of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre

Regular Tickets for Awards Show & After-Party: $90.00 (+HST & Ticketmaster fees)
Student, Senior, Artsworker Tickets for Awards Show & After-Party: $70  (+ HST & Ticketmaster fees)
For tickets, visit the Elgin Theatre Ticketmaster Box Office at 189 Yonge St
or call 1-855-622-ARTS (2787) or book online at
  https://www1.ticketmaster.ca/39th-annual-dora-mavor-moore-awards-toronto-ontario-06-25-2018/event/100054B2B6B16814

$20 After-Party ONLY Tickets can be purchased only onsite at the event beginning at 10:30pm
$190 VIP Tickets - Pre-show VIP Reception, Dora Awards Show, After-Party SOLD OUT

For information visit http://tapa.ca     

Twitter: @DoraAwards     #2018Doras     #DoraAwards      #torontotheatre      #theatreTO

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The Dora Mavor Moore Awards are administered by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA). Additional programs and services provided by TAPA include: whatsontonight.ca; Toronto's Official Theatre Guide; hipTIX, offering $5 tickets to students between the ages of 14 and 29; citySPECIAL, offering free tickets to newcomers and marginalized communities; the Commercial Theatre Development Fund; the Travel Retreat Initiatives Program (TRIP); Toronto.spacefinder.org and the TAPA Trade Series. For more information visit www.tapa.ca .