Director Daryl Cloran 's production of the difficult saga Peer Gynt for George Brown Theatre brought out the graduating students' best work. The rambling, philosophical, near-three-hour Henrik Ibsen piece is hard even for professional companies, but Cloran gave it a forward drive and some wonderful staging that included puppets. The show wouldn't have succeeded without a Peer who can carry the evening, and from the first Morgan Jones made an impression as the dreaming, lying rascal who finally learns the value of true love. Glenn Davidson 's set and lighting - the stage floor was a centuries-old tree trunk, while silhouettes behind a rear scrim moved us to various locales around the world - rooted the show in the natural as well as the human world, while Erika Connor 's costumes had a fascinating touch of whimsy. See Continuing, page 80, for details.
The Tarragon again offers the Urjo Kareda Residency Grant of $10,000 to an emerging professional theatre artist to work on a self-created program at the Tarragon. Applicants can be writers, directors, designers or tech people. Contact Andy McKim at 416-538-5018. Deadline is April 30.