Death, sickness and resurrection in today’s theatre round-up:
— Canada’s theatre community is mourning Tom Patterson, the trade-magazine journalist who founded the Stratford Festival of Canada to save his economically-depressed home town in 1953. Patterson died yesterday after battling a long illness.
— If you’re hoping to see Bat Boy: The Musical tonight, better call and check with the box office before swooping over to the Bathurst Street Theatre. Several cast members are reportedly “severely under the weather.” Lead rodentman Jay T. Jay T. Schramek barely make it through opening night on Tuesday and had no voice yesterday, so last night’s performance was cancelled.
— Bring your Daughter to the Theatre Day: Unless, Carol Shields’ book about mother-daughter relationships, was adapted for the stage by Shields and her daugher Sara Cassidy before the CanLit icon died of cancer two years ago. The show opens tonight at CanStage and at least two of Shields’ daughters — Cassidy and Anne Giardini (whose book The Sad Truth About Happinness recently came out) — will be on hand to see their mother’s final work come to fruition.