Jackson-Triggs Winery is bringing a little Niagara to Toronto to announce the lineup of its 2014 Summer Concert Series. Its offering, Rootstock, features collaborative performances and storytelling by Steven Page, Alan Doyle, and Lindi Ortega—three of the artists you’ll find on the winery’s amphitheatre stage when the weather gets warm. The Winter Garden Theatre has been licensed for this one night only, allowing patrons to sip wine while enjoying the show.
Actor Chazz Palminteri was preparing to do a play in Los Angeles when he had an exchange one night with his manager. “‘I just heard there are more Italians in Toronto than there are almost in Rome,’” he remembers telling him. “And I said, ‘How come I never did my show in Canada?’ and he goes, ‘I don’t know.’”
This is how the idea was hatched to bring Palminteri to perform A Bronx Tale, the one-man show that made him famous, for one night only at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts on March 29. “I only had one night available,” he says in a phone conversation. “I didn’t want to wait. I said, ‘Let’s do it right now.’”
There’s no rule that says theatre has to be formal and boring. The Classical Theatre Project is capitalizing on this with ShakesBeer, an engaging presentation of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Grab a pint and watch as three actors attempt to play every role in every story the Bard ever wrote. As one might surmise from the description, things will likely get ridiculous.