Only the hottest director in town right now with two shows running concurrently. There’s the critically-acclaimed production of Helen’s Necklace at the Tarragon, and Side by Side by Sondheim, which opened at CanStage last week and is not-so-critically-acclaimed. (Though — as a sidenote — Kamal Al-Solaylee’s comment that he owns at least three recordings of “I Remember” shows that he is decidedly not the target audience for this let’s-discover-Sondheim cabaret.)But wait! That’s not all. Come January, Holmes is shuffling over to Factory Theatre to direct Claudia Dey’s Trout Stanley.
Then — after popping off to Ryerson to direct students in a production of Peter Barnes’ Red Noses — Holmes is heading back to the Tarragon in April for Alice’s Affair, a new piece by Susan Coyne. Torontoist also has it on the best authority that the ballerina-turned-director is teaming up with playwrights, fellow National Theatre School grads and frequent collaborators Morwyn Brebner and Claudia Dey to make a film about beloved Canadian poet Gwendolyn MacEwan. Now, Torontoist could mention busy beee Holmes anytime, so why today? Well, she’s originally from Texas and while the country is being visited by another Texan of repute, it’s a pleasant reminder that the Lone Star state produces a wide variety of individuals of all sorts of temperaments and talents.