Audiences get a big surprise when they walk into the Tarragon Theatre these days. Renovations are almost done, and the most important improvement -- in addition to new and larger washrooms -- is the soundproofing separating the Extra Space from the rest of the lobby.
Stalwart house managers Scott Sunderland and Natasha Parsons no longer have to walk around during intermission when shows are playing in both the Main Space and the Extra Space with big "Quiet" signs while holding a finger to their lips.
Sheroes' last stand
Why do theatre folks always leave it to the last minute to see a hit play? Usually because they're busy doing shows themselves.
Because of high demand, two performances were added to the final weekend of Sarah Martyn's Sheroes, and the Sunday-night show was packed with thesps. Seen squeezing into the Passe Muraille Backspace were Brooke Johnson, David Fox, Michael Achtman and Jennifer Podemski, along with The Daughters Of Sheherzad's Dragana Varagic, Yashoda Ranganathan and Michelle Polak. Playwrights John Mighton and Anton Piatigorsky scored coveted aisle seats and discussed tutoring math to students.
If Piatigorsky seemed at home in the notoriously cramped space, it's because his play The Kabbalistic Psychoanalysis Of Adam R. Tzaddik begins previews there this Tuesday (November 7).
One of the hits at Factory Theatre last season was Wendy Lill's The Glace Bay Miners' Museum, directed by Rosemary Dunsmore and featuring Irene Poole as a miner's daughter wooed by an ex-soldier. The pair repeat their duties at the Sudbury Theatre Centre, with an all-Toronto cast made up of Matthew Ferguson, Peter Elliott, Deborah Grover and Phil MacKenzie. And why aren't we seeing the wonderful Poole diving into the centre of productions here in town?