The season's over at the Shaw Festival, but the show goes on. In addition to the tour of Saint Joan to Philadelphia and Chicago, there's a mini Ontario tour: a reading of Shaw's one-act Village Wooing.
Featuring company regulars Jim Mezon and Catherine McGregor, the piece is a series of sharp-edged conversations between a crotchety gentleman and a village shopkeeper who won't give in to his opinions.
It comes to Toronto for a free performance Tuesday (November 13). Reservations are required; call 416-922-7175.
Want a more contemporary piece of Irish theatre? Check out Brian Friel's Dancing At Lughnasa, beginning Tuesday (November 13).
One of Ireland's most celebrated playwrights, Friel tells the tale of five unmarried sisters in a small Irish village in the 30s. A blend of Catholicism, pagan religion and good storytelling, the play was turned into a tepid film.
But the play just bursts with energy, which should be captured in the version by Molly Mae Productions. Directed by Abbey Mendelson, it features a strong cast, including Kerry Ann Doherty, Suzanne Bennett, Mackenzie Muldoon and Sandy Winsby.
Maja marches on
Maja Ardal is one of those triple threats - writer, actor, director. Currently the interim artistic director at Nightwood Theatre while Kelly Thornton is on maternity leave, Ardal's helming the company's upcoming production of Linda Griffith's Age Of Arousal, which begins performances November 17 as a co-pro with Factory Theatre. But she's not putting her own writing on a back burner. Two years ago she premiered a highly praised solo, You Fancy Yourself, in SummerWorks.
Now expanded into a full-length piece, You Fancy Yourself runs at Theatre Aquarius and Talk Is Free Theatre before being presented by Ardal's Contrary Company in Toronto next May.