Like the new look of the downtown Toronto skyline, big, expensive residential buildings and all?
The Theatre Centre's reacting to the growing condominium market by hosting condoBoom!, a series of performances, installations and discussions examining the definition of home and how it's constructed, in the context of Toronto past and present.
Specifically, the 11-day event looks at the new condos, who's building them and who they're for, and what impact they have on existing communities. Artists, architects and urban planners from New York, Japan, Amsterdam, Chicago and T.O. take part.
Its theatre component is a pwyc reading on Monday (September 25, 7 pm) of Vaclav Havel's Redevelopment Or Slum Clearance, directed by Jennifer Tarver and featuring an impressive cast that includes Daniel MacIvor, Camille Stubel, Frank Cox-O'Connell, Adrian Griffin, Dean Gabourie, Paul Fauteux and David Jansen.
And the performers aren't just actors. Look for architect and community activist Margie Zeidler and theatre designer Teresa Przybylski among the readers.
See Opening, page 92.
We've regularly seen theatre work by indigenous artists courtesy of Native Earth Performing Arts, but now the company's organized an exciting mini-festival of three productions by native writers and performers from Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Honouring Theatre plays in various Canadian cities during the next two months.
Frangipani Perfume, by Samoan playwright Makerita Urale, is a dark comedy that looks at the situation of three sisters, unskilled labourers who've left their island home to work as cleaners in New Zealand. It's the first piece written by a Pacific woman for an all-female cast.
David Milroy's solo show Windmill Baby, presented by Australia's Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theatre, introduces us to an elderly Aboriginal woman who returns to the deserted cattle station she left a half-century earlier.
Native Earth's contribution is Annie Mae's Movement, a revised version of Yvette Nolan's play about Mi'qmak activist Anna Mae Aquash, an outsider because of her race, her gender and her nationality, who died under mysterious circumstances in South Dakota 30 years ago. Nolan directs, with Michelle St. John and Grahame Merke in the cast.
The Toronto run of Honouring Theatre begins Wednesday (September 27). See Opening, page 92.