Juliet, Juliet, wherefore art thou? NHolly Lewis was slotted to play Juliet in Soulpepper's Romeo And Juliet. The show was cancelled. Talk about tragic.
But that doesn't mean you can't still see the hot emerging actor. You don't even have to buy a ticket. Just log onto http://www.safehouselive.com.
Lewis is part of SafehouseLive, an interactive video suspense thriller directed by Daryl Cloran, who helmed the recent SummerWorks fest hit Sweet Phoebe. The "show" is being described as an online rave, with four different camera perspectives.
The cast includes theatre artists Dylan Trowbridge, currently blowing a conch shell in the Shaw Festival's Lord Of The Flies, Jamie Robinson, last seen dropping his drawers in The Rediscovery Of Sex, and frequent Theatre Gargantua performer Adam Gaudreau.
But keep your eye on Lewis.
They take Manhattan
Toronto's theatre types are taking a bite out of the Big Apple. Allyson McMackon's Now The Day Is Over just wrapped up at the New York International Fringe Festival. The powerful movement-based piece played at T.O.'s own Fringe in July. Daniel MacIvor's show Never Swim Alone, meanwhile, played off-Broadway, and his face was pictured all over the city for the New York opening of Jeremy Podeswa's film The Five Senses.
Calgarian Ronnie Burkett, who's looking for studio in Toronto, just opened his Chalmers-winning play Street Of Blood last week at the New York Theatre Workshop, the birthplace of the musical Rent. The show's part of the Jim Henson International Puppet Festival.
And Mark Lonergan's VELO/ CITY opened at the Soho Repertory Theatre to critical praise and sold-out houses in July.
Lonergan's coming back to town this fall to continue development on Digital Vaudeville and to work on a new piece tentatively called Penny's Worth. Later on, he directs MacIvor's Jump at Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace.
Caught the first of two performances of Vitamin Q on the weekend, the Buddies in Bad Times/Art in Action project featuring 12 queer youths aged 15 to 24.
Outdoor traffic, sniffing dogs and patio chitchat couldn't diminish the energy of the group, assembled to explore queer life past and present.
The result of eight weeks' intense work with Franco Boni, Florencia Berinstein and guest artists, the show focused in on the present.
Highlights included Thomas Corless's anti-Ikea performance piece, Amber Archbell and Julie Auerbach's duologue outside an imaginary rock concert, and Auberbach and Patty Hunter's lyrical piece about image and perception in the dyke community.
All names to remember.