Think of it as a live Canadian version of the BBC’s Shakespeare Uncovered episode on Hamlet. Moderated by Martin Julien, the Hamlet Edition will involve three experienced actors talking about the challenges of playing the Bard’s most famous lead character for the Player to Player discussion series. Ted Dykstra, a founding member of Soulpepper Theatre Company, played Hamlet at Theatre Calgary in the ’90s; Gord Rand, a Shaw festival veteran, played the Dane here in Toronto at World Stage in 2009; and Raoul Bhaneja is the creator and performer of Hamlet: Solo, a work in which he performs (nearly) every part.
Playwright Erin Fleck has spent the past month in residence at Videofag, (super-heroic runners-up in our Heroes of 2013 poll), and the result is a short workshop run of Unintentionally Depressing Children’s Tales, a shadow puppet performance of adult fairy tales. The show’s not for children, but adults attending may feel they’ve regressed a bit: the storefront venue’s being turned into a “blanket fort” for the performances, with mostly floor seating (be prepared to get cozy with other audience members).
The back room of the Cameron House will play host to a rare mix of both comedy and music, organized by headliner Cat and the Queen. Stand-ups DJ Demers and Brian Ward kick off the night, followed by first music act Crooked House Road; Kathleen Phillips and Chris Locke then take over with more comedy, before being followed by the headliners; and Emmy Rouge closes the night out.
While the Toronto International Film Festival may have shifted into a more relaxed mode, it’s still offering plenty of opportunities to gawk at movie stars—they’re just a little more spread out. Midweek, fans could catch the premieres of Good Kill (Ethan Hawke as a drone pilot), Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg’s new bit of oddness), The Imitation Game (Benedict Cumberbatch as World War II cryptographer Alan Turing), Jauja (Viggo Mortensen, and we don’t know much else really), Laggies (Sam Rockwell and Keira Knightley in a comedy about people taking their sweet time to grow up), October Gale (Patricia Clarkson and Scott Speedman in a thriller/drama set in a remote cabin), Pawn Sacrifice (about the chess duels between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer), The Cobbler (Adam Sandler’s latest) and Escobar (Benicio Del Toro is the famous drug kingpin).
Virginia Woolf once remarked that “on or about December 1910, human character changed.” Whether it actually did is debatable, but the curators of “The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection 1910–1918” use that year to start their exhibition of works from a tumultuous decade of innovation in European fine art.
Ali Eisner is already known for being a puppeteer, composer, and performer. Now she adds another line to her resumé with her debut photography exhibit, “Favourite Things.” As one might expect, each photo in the show depicts a cherished moment, person, or item in her life—you’ll find shots of everything from travelling and architecture, to puppets and musicians such as Kathleen Edwards, Ron Sexsmith, and Serena Ryder.