Here's a well-earned boost for a young theatrical career. Daryl Cloran, artistic director of Theatrefront (fforward, Our Country's Good), spent the summer assistant directing at Stratford, where he worked on The Trials Of Ezra Pound and Good Mother. He came home to find an offer from Soulpepper to be their assistant artistic director. Snapping up the invite, Cloran will help to plan the season with Albert Schultz, assist a senior director and, best of all, helm his own production in the 2002 season.
Funny what a trip to Scotland can do to your sense of humour. Local comic Dawn Whitwell took her act to the Edinburgh Fringe, where she told NOW she averaged "four people a show." But judging from her high-energy set at Sunday's Pirate Video Cabaret, she came back with a whole new level of confidence. Her story about attending an Absolutely Fabulous party the night before -- to celebrate the show's six new episodes on the Comedy Network -- was funny because it was spontaneous. She's discovering that the best comedy comes from being in the moment -- a lesson some of the other acts on the bill could learn. Catch Whitwell Monday (October 8) at the ALT.COMedy Lounge.
Also on the lineup was a video co-starring Stefan Brogren, who played Archie "Snake" Simpson on Degrassi Jr High. The grossout video, called Disgusting Bastards, about two losers trying to score with tenants in their building, shows Brogren trying to be the new Tom Green. Fine, but sounds more like Joey Jeremiah's thing.
Know many winners of the Commonwealth Literature Prize? The 2001 recipient is South African playwright Zakes Mda, whose script And The Girls In Their Sunday Dresses gets its first Toronto staging by the AfriCan Theatre Ensemble (The Gods Are Not To Blame, Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again). The 1988 play brings together a prostitute (Kim Roberts) and a working-class woman (Kathy Imrie), waiting in line for their allotments of rice and arguing about apartheid and South Africa's future. The show runs through October 21, with Mda himself attending a gala performance October 12. Artword Theatre (75 Portland). 366-7723.