|February 27, 2018||Filled under Events||
Where: The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West; Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street West
When: March 1-11, 2018
Cost: Single tickets $16 – $20 plus taxes and fees. Festival Pass: $90 (valid for all shows) and can be purchased online at www.torontosketchfest.com
Details: The 13th Annual TOsketchfest will feature over 60 sketch comedy acts including UK musical comedy viral sensation Flo & Joan; quick-witted quartet TallBoyz II Men; a remount of the 2017 Fringe hit 32 Short Sketches About Bees; a live album recording by The Williamson Playboys; plus Rapp Battlez 100, the milestone 100th edition of Toronto’s hilarious comedic rap throwdown.
A selection of Toronto’s top solo sketch performers will be showcased such Jon Blair, Carson Pinch, and Kirsten Rasmussen and Toronto’s veteran performers including Mark & Andy (Mark Little and Andy Bush) and The Lusty Mannequins (Ashley Comeau, Alastair Forbes, Karen Parker and Connor Thompson), as well as a reunion of Vest of Friends.
The newest one-man show from Bruce McCulloch, Tales of Bravery and Stupidity, will be showcased for two shows Saturday, March 3, 2018 at The Theatre Centre. Brimming with humour and humanity the show is part stand up and part storytelling; it looks at some of the bravely stupid things that Bruce has done, “and the things we all do to get in and out of trouble as we make our way in this complicated world.”
The TOsketchfest Film Festival is back for a second year for a pre-festival kick off on Wednesday, February 28 with a curated selection of the funniest comedy shorts made in the last two years. Featuring shorts from new and established filmmakers and TOsketchfest alumni, the TOsketchfest Film Festival spotlights the best in on-screen sketch comedy.
More Info: www.torontosketchfest.com
|February 26, 2018||Filled under Events||
Where: Factory Studio Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street
When: March 1 – March 18, 2018 (Previews February 24 – 28)
Cost: Single tickets start at just $20 for previews and range from $30-$50 for regular performances . Student, Arts Worker and Senior prices also available. Purchase in person at Factory, 125 Bathurst Street, visit www.factorytheatre.ca or call 416.504.9971
Details: “Wrestling is incredibly responsible. If you lose focus for a minute or arrive to a match unprepared, the results can be fatal.” – Jaggy, After Wrestling
Pushing dark comedies to a new level, the production is a slacker-comedy turned suicide-mystery in search of love, life, and death. Hogan and his sister Leah navigate old flames, new relationships, and their mental health in a booze- and grief-fuelled debate after the suicide of Hogan’s best friend Gibby. But even after he’s gone, Gibby is still there for Hogan …
Stars Gabe Grey (Shakespeare in Love, Citadel Theatre and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre) as Jaggy, the cop a little too deeply immersed into his work; Charlie Kerr (Lost Solace, Lost Solace Productions) as Hogan, the hopeless romantic with his mind in lock-down and his heart on his sleeve; Libby Osler (Hamlet, Renegade Theatre Vancouver) as Leah, Hogan’s sister and self-appointed protector; and Anthony Shim (Star Trek Beyond, Paramount Pictures) as Gibby, Hogan’s best friend and ghostly confidante.
Following the success of their last collaboration, Kill Your Parents in Viking, Alberta, which premiered to rave reviews in Toronto, Bryce Hodgson and Charlie Kerr are cementing their status as “excellent storytellers bringing unique, fresh voices to the Canadian theatre scene” (NOW Magazine) with their latest script, After Westling.
More Info: www.factorytheatre.ca
|February 23, 2018||Filled under Events||
Where: Tiff Bell Lightbox, 350 King St West
When: March 1, March 6, and March 8, 2018
Cost: Tickets for Ulrike Ottinger in Asia are $10. To purchase visit www.goethe.de/ins/ca/en
Details: Ulrike Ottinger in Asia is a series of prominent films of Asian influence by a leader in German avant-garde film, Ulrike Ottinger. Co-presented by Inside Out, MUFF Society & Reel Asian Film Festival, these outstanding and thought-provoking films, Joanna D’arc of Mongolia (1989), Exile Shanghai (1997) and Under Snow (2011), follow women in Mongolia, exiles in Shanghai, and Kabuki artists in Japan, respectively.
This carefully curated collection of films influenced by a life-long fascination with Asia and based on a career spanning five decades, showcase Ulrike Ottinger’s adventurous curiosity and unique poetic imagery. To date, Ottinger has directed 24 films, including feature-length fictions and experimental documentaries. Her films are held up for their radicalism, not only in their narrative and global outlook, but also in their treatment of sexuality and gender, confirming her position as one of Germany’s seminal queer, feminist filmmakers. Here’s the lineup:
-Under Snow, directed by Ulrike Ottinger, (Germany 2011, 103 min)
March 1, 6:30pm – In Echigo, Japan, snow piles up meters-high and blankets the countryside and villages well into the month of May. The people have developed customs for their unusual daily life. Time follows a different rhythm: children build fanciful snow castles in which they cook and sing, the women weave crepe in colourful patterns. In order to record their very distinctive forms of everyday life, their festivals and religious rituals, Ulrike Ottinger journeyed to the mythical snow country – accompanied by two Kabuki performers.
-Exile Shanghai, directed/written by Ulrike Ottinger (Germany/Israel 1997, 275 min)
March 6, 6:30pm – Six life stories of German, Austrian and Russian Jews intersect in exile in Shanghai. This powerful documentary traces their lives through narratives, photographs, documents and new images of one of Asia’s biggest metropolises. With their numerous contradictory conflicting histories and populations, this film depicts a startling new account of a historic exile.
-Johanna D’arc of Mongolia, directed by Ulrike Ottinger (Germany 1989, 165 min)
March 8, 6:30pm – Winner of multiple awards, and a recent special screening at the MoMA, this strikingly original film follows a group of Western women who are taken hostage by the exotic, fierce Mongolian princess Ulan Iga. While the harshness of the Mongolian high desert is initially a trial for the pampered women, they ultimately adapt to these unfamiliar yet exhilarating experiences.
-Ulrike Ottinger: Nomad from the Lake, directed by Brigitte Kramer (Germany 2012, 86 min)
March 1, 9pm – Ulrike Ottinger’s career begins with her creative roots in her home town on Lake Constance at the German-Swiss-Austrian border. Describing key moments in her life, including the impact of student protests in Paris and her move from painting to filmmaking, Brigitte Kramer traces Ottinger’s artistic development. Through interviews and film excerpts, this intimate personal close-up portrays one of the most important voices in German film.
|February 18, 2018||Filled under Events||
Where: The Citadel, 304 Parliament Street
When: February 21 – March 11, 2018
Cost: Tickets are $25 – $40 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com
Details: This is Shakespeare’s most magical and inventive play that explores love in all its complications and contradictions. On a midsummer’s night, young lovers and workmen plunge into a forest where spirits abound. Vows melt, bodies transform, seasons alter, and the moon stills … it is a world turned upside down where nothing is what it seems.
Framed in a feminine perspective, the women in this Dream hold each other up, offer friendship and acceptance, and a sense of hope that in the end, all will be right. “We trust our theatrical “tricks” will have “strong imagination” and perhaps bring into the light some “things unknown.” Richard Sheridan Willis, Director Eschewing the traditional large-scale outdoor productions, this version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream comes inside so the musicality of Shakespeare’s language, including all the dark edges and hidden corners of his verse and prose, can be fully experienced in the intimate setting of The Citadel.
Directed by Richard Sheridan Willis. The cast includes Paul Amos as Oberon/Theseus (LAMDA, RSC and National Theatre UK, two seasons at Stratford, recurring roles on Lost Girl and Murdoch Mysteries, and Jacob Frye in the acclaimed video game Assassins Creed Syndicate); Rena Polley as Titania/Hippolyta (Founding member of The Chekhov Collective appearing in all of their shows to date, plus recent television appearances on Suits, Designated Survivor, Saving Hope, and Murdoch Mysteries); and Elizabeth Saunders as Puck/Egeus (four seasons at Shaw Festival, plus theatre credits Glengarry Glen Ross, The Vibrator Play, 4:48 Psychosis, The Stone Angel, Transit of Venus, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), and Dinner With Friends).Starring Paul Amos, Zachary Counsil, Christina Fox, Natasha Greenblatt, Michael Man, Jesse Nerenberg, Rena Polley and Elizabeth Saunders.
If we shadows have offended, think but this, and all is mended, that you have but slumbered here while these visions did appear. And this weak and idle theme, no more yielding but a dream …
|February 9, 2018||Filled under Style & Beauty||
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