Joe better than average
SCTV alum Joe Flaherty 's always had one of those wizened old-guy faces, so the limber 63-year-old looked amazing at the first of five shows last Wednesday at his alma mater, Second City . No doubt present to create buzz for the SCTV five-DVD boxed set, Flaherty resurrected two of his classic characters, network exec Guy Caballero and talk show host Sammy Maudlin. He also joined the SC Mainstage cast for a truncated version of their Invasion Free Since 1812 show that curiously left out a few of the revue's best bits.
The Caballero intro was cute, and Flaherty showed good timing in his short sketches, but poor acoustics and an anti-climactic end made the extended Sammy Maudlin sequence a big disappointment.
Way ahead of its time, this parody of silly TV celebrity shows looked good, right down to Flaherty's ugly powder-blue tux and mass of fake curls. Jack Mosshammer played the nephew of John Candy's corpulent ass-kissing sidekick, William B., with smarmy enthusiasm, and Naomi Snieckus scored as a dim starlet.
But isn't it ironic that the show only got exciting and subversive when Ed the Sock began berating everyone? He - or it - was the only onstage performer with a mike. So maybe that was the problem.
Financial and mentoring support, crucial both to artists and those who write about the arts, is especially vital for those just starting out. Native Women in the Arts has created a writer-in-residency program on Toronto Island to stimulate aboriginal women's academic writing on art, culture and the advancement of indigenous peoples.
It's open to women of aboriginal ancestry, either emerging or established. The application deadline is August 10. For more information, call 416-598-4078.
The Siminovitch Prize continues its generosity to the theatre world. The prize sponsors and Theatre Ontario are calling for applications for a Master Class Workshop, run by director Daniel Brooke , winner of the first Siminovitch Prize in 2001.
The workshop (October 25) will be "an investigation into direction in an intimate environment," with a text chosen by Brooks. The work will be process-driven, without a presentation.
They're looking for a maximum of 10 experienced participants from across the country, both freelance directors and artistic directors who are citizens or have landed immigrant status. Costs will be covered for those attending from outside Toronto.
Applicants should submit a resumé and one-page cover letter highlighting directing experience and the kind of instruction they seek. The deadline is August 6. Send applications to Andrew Soren, Administrator, Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, 55 Bloor West, fourth floor, Toronto M4W 3N5, or email@example.com. For more info, call 416-927-2771.