The Toronto premiere of The Wolves, directed by Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster, is a gamechanger

What’s preoccupying our teenage girls? Sarah DeLappe’s Pulitzer-Prize-nominated 2016 play The Wolves, which opens The Howland Company and Crow’s Theatre season, suggests that we remain woefully unaware of (or oblivious to) the range of answers to this question. “Yes, these teens talk about school, and sex, and growing up, and pimples….,” agrees Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster, […]

What’s love got to do with it? Karine Ricard on TfT’s new production of a Marivaux classic

The things we do for love. According to La seconde surprise de l’amour (The Second Surprise of Love), the path to love is paved with machinations, and any scheme will do. Subterfuge, stratagems and seduction take centre stage in this sparkling 18th-Century comedy by Pierre de Marivaux, which launches Théâtre Français de Toronto’s new season, […]

Kindness inside the corrosion: Unpacking Heathers with Hart House Theatre’s Emma Sangalli and Paige Foskett

Heathers seems an implausible choice for a musical. The 1988 teen cult film is actually two movies in one. The first two-thirds is a hilarious, corrosive and nihilistic satire of life at Westerburg High School where the 3 titular Heathers rule the stratified social roost until they are challenged by anarchic forces in the form […]

Alumnae Theatre’s new season opens with a walk on the Wilde side

My first-ever visit to Alumnae Theatre last Sunday was momentous. The illustrious company’s 101st season begins with Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, which I was anticipating with equal parts delight and unease. Wilde’s play, first staged at St James’s Theatre in 1895, is synonymous with effervescent repartee, stylish drawing rooms and layered verbal erudition. […]