Theatres eaten, beaten and bruised.
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Theatres eaten, beaten and bruised.

2004_12_13thespians.jpgSeems like it’s just bad news piled upon bad news for the city’s small theatres this fall…
– First, falling closely on the heels of the closings of the Tim Sims Playhouse and the Poor Alex, Artword Theatre is told to vacate the premises of 75 Portland St by March (Hello condos!);
– Then, the Great Hall at Dovercourt and Queen went on sale, putting the Theatre Centre‘s future in doubt (Hello condos?);
– Now, Torontoist hears a rumour that The Globe and Mail has put out a memo that it will no longer be reviewing plays put on at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, or any of the smaller theatre companies (which, granted, will not perturb Nightwood or Obsidian or any of the other theatre companies who have mused about banning Globe reviewer Kamal Al-Solaylee)…
TAPA — the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts — is apparently having a meeting tonight to discuss these unfortunate developments.
Another unfortunate setback for the theatre community TAPA should look into: The mysterious disappearance of Review the Reviewers, a critic-bashing site that vanished and is now replaced by bingo advertising. Anyone know what happened? (Psst… Ari Lipsey’s Toronto theatre blog is still running, mind.)