Portland St. Toronto (one block
east of Bathurst, south of King)
Admin: 416-408-1146 Info: 416-408-2783
reservations (unless noted otherwise):
9 to 12 2004 (Main)
the Wrecking Ball
September 29 to October 2, 2004 (Main)e-DENTITY
Theatre Gargantua's new work is an exploration of loss of identity and connection in the digitized world. Principal writer Michael Spence, directed by Jacquie P.A. Thomas. Wed to Sat at 8 pm. Tickets $18 / $15.Call 416-260-4660 for this show only.
(Gallery) October 1 to 23, 2004 Barbara Caruso: Surfaces
New paintings and drawings that explore shape and surface. Gallery hours: Wed-Sat 1-5 pm
October 6 to 17, 2004 (Main)Silly Old Men Ought Not to Fall in Love Theatre Beyond Words presents a comic mask play by Galician artist Alfonso R. Castelao about three stubborn old men. The play is passionate, romantic and warm, yet it has underlying bite to its humour. $22 / $16 students Tues-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2:30 pwyc. 416-366-7723 ext 290 or book online
October 20 to 24, 2004 (Main)West Side Stories
Helix Dance Project presents West Side Stories, a new dance work choreographed by Helix Artistic Director Linda Garneau. Wed to Sun at 8 pm, matinees Sat and Sun at 2:30. A cast of ten dancers perform two one-act works exploring themes of love and conflict, set to jazz music. All tickets $35. Reserve for this show only 416-618-1682
October 13 to 31, 2004 (Alternative)Speed-the-Plow
by David Mamet. A biting black comedy on the film industry, with Joseph Cochrane, Paula Schultz and Ben Hunter, produced by Nial Lancaster and Cullen Fairfield. Thurs to Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2:30 Tickets $12 / $10. Reserve for this show only 416-458-0059
October 28 to November 14, 2004 (Main)Not My Story
by Silvija Jestrovica, directed by Dragana Varagic. Not My Story is a comedy about identity in the age of displacement and virtual reality, where real and fictional, essence and appearance intersect in unexpected and comic ways. Previews $10, Tues-Thurs 8 pm $18, Fri-Sat at 8 pm $25, Sun at 2:30 pwyc.
November 20, 2004 (Main)AfriCan Theatre Ensemble Soirée
The AfriCan Theatre Ensemble and Artword Theatre present a gala evening of food, fun and entertainment. Featuring highlights from ATE's work-in-progress Market of Tales, and ATE's spring productionThe Fate of a Cockroach by Egyptian playwright Tawfik al-Hakim. Buffet dinner 7 pm, show in theatre 9 pm. $40 ($20 for children), includes meal. Call 416-408-1146
December 1, 2004 to January 2, 2005 (Main)Tricks by David Ben
Magician David Ben's new show for the holiday season, plus an exhibition of vintage magic show posters in the gallery. David Ben's website. Dec 1 to 19: Tues-Fri 7:30 pm, Sat 2 pm & 7:30 pm, Sun 1 & 4 pm. Dec 21 to Jan 2: Mon-Sat 2 & 7:30 pm, Sun 1 & 4 pm. No performances Dec 20, 24 (eve), 25, and Jan 1. Tickets $45 (Rows A, B, C) $40 (Rows D to K) through www.ticketmaster.ca or at the door an hour before any show.
December 11 & 12 at 7:30 pm (Alternative)The Langston Hughes ProjectThree short works-in-progress inspired by the poetry of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. ColoUred girls' collective members Patrice Goodman, Shannon Kitchings, Pasha Mckenley and Nicole Stamp have assembled a talented group of artists to produce this innovative workshop showcase that incorporates movement, text, and music.
January 4, 2005 at 6:30 pm (Main)Hotel Babylon launch screeningVision TV hosts the launch screening of Hotel Babylon a film premiering Jan 25 on Vision TV. The late shift employees at a hotel, skilled professionals back in their homelands, came to Canada seeking better lives. What they found instead was the archetypal immigrant experience: menial work, meager pay, terrible hours. The creative team: Gerry Atwell, Glace Lawrence, Charles Officer.
January 16, 2005 at 2 pm (Main)Poetry LaunchHidden Brook Press launches Pomona Summer, by Allan Briesmaster, with artwork by Holly Briesmaster, and The Second Language of Birds by Donna Langevin. Readings, music by pianist James Langevin, and interview by Nancy Bullis. 2 pm. $12 (pays for a copy of either book).
January 23, 2005 at 2:30 pm (Alternative)Surviving Mom by Barbara BondarMark Cassidy directs a staged reading of Barbara Bondars new play with Hume Baugh, Jefferson Guzman, Jennifer Higgin Christopher Kelk, Alison Woolridge. An elegy to living and dying, and coping with protracted illness. Set in a hospital/nursing home, the play graphically exposes the struggles of a family coming to terms with fragility, inevitable decline and each other. PWYC
New Dates! January 25 to February 13, 2005 (Main)
The Full Nelson
Written and performed by Donald Carr, directed by Ronald Weihs, The Full Nelson is a virtuoso multi-media voyage invoking the spirit of Nelson Mandela, a high-voltage view of the universe and a Black man in it. Tues-Sat 8 pm Sun 2:30 pm.
February 17 to March 6, 2005 (main)
Pinter and Pirandello
A double bill: Two intriguing one-act plays by two 20th C masters. Harold Pinter's The Lover (1963) and Luigi Pirandello's I'm Dreaming But Am I? (1929). Starring Brenda Bazinet and John Evans. Tues-Sat 8 pm $25. Sun 2:30, pwyc. For reservations 416-366-7723 ext 290 or book online.
March 9 to 13, 2005 (main) OMO Dance Company: Diary of An Exile
Diary of an Exile, a theatre/dance project, is three separate productions forming a trilogy that examines man's search for identity and belonging. All three productions in repertory. Choreographer Debbie Wilson, poet/writer Hector Bunyan, costume designer Michelle Turpin and composer Lilia Silveira.
March 30 to April 17, 2005 (main) Fate of a Cockroach
AfriCan Theatre Ensemble and Artword Theatre present the Canadian première of the renowned comedy by the acclaimed Egyptian playwright Tawfik al-Hakim, directed by Ronald Weihs -- a lively satire of political and personal relationships.Tues-Sat 8 pm $25/$15. Sun 2:30, pwyc. For reservations 416-366-7723 ext 290 or book online.
April 9 to May 1, 2005 (Alternative) The Seven Days of Simon Labrosse
Pleiades Theatre presents the play by Carole Fréchette, translated by John Murrell, directed by Michael Shamata with Paul Fauteux, Michael Hughes and Manon St-Jules. "...a hilarious comedy that veers from slapstick to droll. But there is another play operating simultaneously... a play about the battle of creative minds to conquer despair." Tues-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30. For reservations 416-366-7723 ext 290 or book online.
April 20 to May 8, 2005 (main) Your Dream was Mine
a magical comedy about love and death written and performed by Shirley Cheechoo and Greta Cheechoo, with Gregory Odjig as the mysterious Woodpecker, directed by Kate Lushington. Tues-Thur 8 pm, $18; Fri-Sat 8 pm $25, Sun 2:30 pm PWYC. For reservations 416-366-7723 ext 290 or book online.
May 12 to 15, 2005 (Main) Blue Like Jazz / Live based on Donald Miller's book, a multimedia solo production developed and performed by Jason Hildebrand, launching his Canadian tour. preview May 12 open May 13, 8 pm, Sat 2:30 & 8 pm, Sun 2:30 & 6:30 pm For reservations 416-366-7723 ext 290 or book online.
May 12 to 21, 2005 (Alternative) Groundwaterby Erin Shields, performed by Deanna Jones, Natasha Pedros and Edwin Conroy Jr. With choreographed movement, original music, and poetic language, Suitcase in Point Theatre Company investigates the world of Groundwater -- a glimpse into the near future when fresh water is a source of civil conflict. $20/$10 at the door only. Wed-Sat 8 pm, mats pwyc May 14, 15, 21 at 2 pm
May 19, 2005 at 8 pm (Main)An evening of traditional Persian musicby the Chakavak Ensemble: folk and classical music (Shur, Kord-e Bayat, Abu Ata) and poetry by Rumi, Khayyam, Hafiz. Performed by Reza Manbachi - Director & Tar (Long-Necked Lute), Raman Miteran - Vocalist, Kousha Nakhaei - Violin and Kamanche (spiked fiddle), Arash Javadpour - Bass Tar , Araz Pashayi - Tombak (goblet-shaped drum) , Babak Divani - Daf (frame drum). $5 at the door.
May 26 to 28, 2005 (main) The Orphan Boya Masai tale of transformation by Dance Immersion and Ensemble Noir. Performed by Ensemble Noir with principal dancer is Germaul Yusef Barnes Part of The Metamorphosis Festival, a city-wide festival of transformation and the arts. May 26 & 27 at 8 pm, May 28 at 1 and 8 pm. For reservations 416-366-7723 ext 290 or book online.
May 25 -June 12 2005 (Alternative) Mad Miss / Just Jazz
Rhoma Spencer and Honor Ford-Smith of Theatre Archipelago perform a double bill of stories by Caribbean women writers. Mad Miss is adapted by Rhoma Spencer from Olive Senior's "You think I Mad Miss?". Just Jazz is adapted by Honor Ford-Smith from the Jean Rhys story "Let them call it Jazz". Tues to Sat at 8:30, Sunday at 4:30 pm. For reservations 416-366-7723 ext 290 or book online.
June 1 to 18, 2005 (main) Revolutions in Therapy
by Nadia Ross and Jacob Wren, and performed by Nadia Ross, Jacob Wren and Tracy Wright. Produced by STO Union and Menno Plukker. Existential issues explored in an unexpected manner. The Toronto appearance of this latest work by the Ross-Wren duo on its tour to Festival de Theatre des Ameriques in Montreal and Theater der Welt Festival in Stuttgart.
June 23, 24, 25, 2005 (main) A Turn on the Floor
Push Pull Dance Company presents an evening of new dance works framed by the poetry of Sue Sinclair. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm $10 at the door
July 7 to 17, 2005 (main) Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival
Artword is one of the mainstage venues for the Fringe Festival again this year. Shows run continually from approx. 11 am to midnight daily. Tickets $10 each. Discount passes available. Visit the Fringe website for updates.
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