June is fast approaching and, as ever, it’s one of the odder months in the performance calendar. Here’s what has caught my eye (so far).
June 1st to 25th at Crow’s is Alex Bulmer’s Perceptual Archaeology (Or How to Travel Blind). This is a show for blind and sighted people about, well, travelling blind (literally). Since blindness is my worst fear I don’t know whether I can do this one. We’ll see.
Sarah Porter’s L-E-A-K opens tonight at the Theatre Centre and runs until Sunday. It’s described as “an absurdist and poetic lesbian love letter to the ocean”. I’m intrigued.
Nightwood Theatre and Tarragon Theatre are jointly presenting Fatima Adar’s She’s Not Special. It runs at the Tarragon Theatre from May 24th to 28th. Here’s the blurb… “Leave expectations at the door. We are not putting on a play, we are throwing a party. This is a concert, comedy show, and confessional all in one. Come celebrate your mediocrity with us!”
Soulpepper are opening a run of Athol Fugard’s 1972 classic Sizwe Banzi is Dead at the Young Centre on the 25th. That runs until June 18th.
You may have been following this saga. Basically, Artscape had a twenty year lease on a lot of space in the Distillery District which they leased out various arts organisations and studio artists, including Tapestry Opera and Nightwood Theatre; who jointly occupied the Ernest Balmer Studio and adjacent space wherein I attended many, many performances, rehearsals, workshops and so on. It’s what made the Distillery District more than a bunch of tourist tat and over-priced restaurants. But the lease ran out and the landlord declined to renew. Tourist tat is more lucrative than art and the Distillery District’s owners have always struggled with the idea of any purpose other than maximising profits.
But first this month… on April 27th to 29th male soprano Samuel Mariño is appearing with
Tafelmusik in a programme titled Higher Love: Virtuoso Arias. Details here.
Crow’s Theatre has a couple of shows. True Crime opens on the 2nd. It’s a short run. Preview on the 1st then closes on the 7th. It’s basically a one man, semi-improvised show about an imprisoned con man. The Chinese Lady, which runs 5th to 21st (previews 2nd to 4th) in the smaller Studio Theatre tells the story of the first Chinese woman in the USA. Written by Lloyd Suh and directed by Marjorie Chan it should be interesting. There’s also Boom X. Rick Miller plays over a hundred characters to narrate events from 1969 t0 1995. It runs from the 10th to the 28th. More details at crowstheatre.com.
New announcements about 2023/24 seasons have been coming in. Perhaps the most interesting (unsurprisingly) comes from Crow’s Theatre which has become a “go to” destination in the last few years. Highlights include:
A remount of Williams and Chatterton’s Rocking Horse Winner in collaboration with Tapestry Opera. That’s in November 2023.
There’s also a very interesting sounding musical; Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 presented in partnership with The Musical Stage Company. December 2023 to January 2024.
Continuing the collaboration with The Howland Company there is Will Arbery’s Heroes of the Fourth Turning directed by Philip Akin (who directed Of the Sea). This deals with the aftermath of the Charlottesvile Riots. October 2023.