This Monday (April 9) is the night that SummerWorks wannabes find out whether they're part of the August festival. In addition to 10 curated shows, 25 others will be selected from 50 juried submissions. That's not bad odds. A party follows the 7:30 pm draw at the Cameron House (408 Queen West).
DARYL'S DA BEST
The winner of the first Emerging Artist Award in theatre is director Daryl Cloran, the selection committee's unanimous choice. His work includes the Dora-nominated fforward, Sweet Phoebe and Our Country's Good. He'll use the $5,000 prize money to develop a new play with fforward author Sue Balint and take part in a residency for emerging directors with London's Royal Court Theatre.
GOTH GIRLS GREAT
The March of Dames comedy fest wrapped on the weekend, and while lots of ladies elicited laughs -- Diane Flacks, Laurie Elliott (who may be the funniest host in the city), Sonja Mills and zany producer Lisa Merchant -- my fave moment came Saturday when Shoshana Sperling and Teresa Pavlinek screened their video about two goth wannabes who take the GO Train from Oakville to T.O. to visit Sanctuary, only to discover it's become a Starbucks. Incredibly, the must-see video -- much of it improvised -- was shot last week and edited the day of the viewing. May it please not rest in peace.
Theatre Rusticle makes all the right moves. The text-and-movement scored with the Fringe hit Now The Day Is Over, and next fall they premiere Dinner At 7:30. A funder for that production, Darryl Silver -- The Tribute, features Bobby Prochaska, Melinda Little, Catherine Hayos, OMO Dance and others. Sunday (April 8), 8 pm, at the 360 Club (326 Queen West). $8 at the door.
With plans to share a home with the Music Gallery on hold, the Theatre Centre leaves the space it's been sharing with Nightwood Theatre and moves back to the Queen strip it called home during the 90s. In July the company takes over the downstairs space at the Great Hall (Queen and Dovercourt), and will renovate it to create a flexible seating studio with the same square footage as its last venue.