The folks at the Storefront Theatre have been busy mopping and cleaning since a water main break in February flooded their venue, shut them down, and forced a relocation of their February production, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. The venue will reopen its doors to the public for the March edition of their Sing For Your Supper reading series, which matches local actors and playwrights for impromptu readings before an audience, with a chance to chat with all their participants afterward.
Mask and physical theatre innovator Rob Faust has been conducting an intensive with a dozen of Toronto’s most experienced clown and comedy performers, among them Helen Donnelly (a.k.a. Foo the clown), Allan Turner (a.k.a. Mullet the zombie clown), and Christel Bartelse, creator of solo shows ONEymoon and Significant Me. The result of their work will be a one-night-only cabaret entitled Fallen Apples, a series of “comic, poignant, and bizarre vignettes” created collectively by the cast and Faust, centred on “family dynamics.” (Be forewarned: this likely won’t be a show appropriate for the whole family.)
If The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors has a mascot, it’s Emperor Yongzheng. The image of the 18th-century Chinese ruler dominates the promotional material of the exhibition, which is one of the centrepieces of the Royal Ontario Museum’s centennial year. His portrait certainly has visual appeal, but Yongzheng is also a figure associated with surprising elements of life within the former imperial palace.
You should not, would not miss this event if you’ve ever read Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, or Green Eggs and Ham. Why? The Art of Dr. Seuss is coming to Casa Loma! Presented by Liss Gallery, the exhibit features over 30 paintings, drawings, and sculptures showcasing the mind of Theodor Seuss Geisel. Come during March Break (March 8-15) to take advantage of extra-Seussy programming, including storytelling, arts and crafts, and live performances.
Ichimaru—once one of Japan’s most famous geishas—left the profession in the 1930s to pursue a career in entertainment. Never really leaving her past life, she became known for adorning herself in the traditional geisha garb when performing in concert or on television. “From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru” exhibits several decades’ worth of outfits and personal effects, shedding light on the woman behind the makeup.
Film critic Shlomo Schwartzberg is spending his Mondays for the next several months on a lecture series about the career of one of America’s greatest commercial filmmakers. Defining Greatness: Director Steven Spielberg launched on January 20 with a examination (and clips) of some of Spielberg’s greatest hits (E.T. the Extraterrestrial, Lincoln). On January 27, the series looks at early films like Duel and Jaws, before moving weekly through the rest of Spielberg’s body of work. There’s a flat fee of $90 for the whole series, or drop-in prices for single lectures.
The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival (TOsketchfest) returns for its 9th year to promote the best of scripted live comedy, with a lineup of over 40 troupes from across North America. Not to be missed are the live reading of Kids In The Hall: Brain Candy, a headlining performance of Gavin Crawford’s Sh**ting Rainbows, or the Slings and Arrows panel with Mark McKinney, Susan Coyne, and Bob Martin.