MARY’S WEDDING Finds A Venue In NYC

Stephen Massicotte’s award-winning Mary’s Wedding, one of the most widely produced Canadian plays in history, will finally get its New York Premiere as a staged reading Monday, November 14 at 7:30pm at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

Massicotte’s tale of love and war in 1914, produced over 70 times worldwide since its premiere in 2002, will be directed by Dina Epshteyn and features Leah Curney and Blake DeLong in the two leading roles. You can RSVP by emailing depshteyn@gmail.com with your name and the number of seats you need.

OH MY IRMA For One Night Only

The good news? Haley McGee’s critically acclaimed solo show OH MY IRMA is coming to NYC. The bad news? New Yorkers will only have one shot to see it (at least for now).

The play, directed by Siminovitch Prize Finalist, Chalmers and Dora Award winning director Alisa Palmer, makes its way to Theatre Row, following sold-out runs at both the Edmonton International Fringe Festival and Toronto’s legendary Theatre Passe Muraille. Part of the United Solo Theatre Festival, OH MY IRMA goes up Wednesday, November 9th at 9pm.

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Tenderpits

Bringing together a young Canadian wizard, his bratty sister, a drunken moose, an overbearing border patrol officer, the best hockey sweater anyone’s ever seen and, via video, a Mexican restaurant worker named Alejandro, Canadian actor-writer Anthony Johnston is barely contained in the tiny Theatre Under St. Marks in his solo/multi-media extravaganza, TenderPits.

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GREENLAND OPENS

What began at the 2009 Toronto SummerWorks Festival will continue in less than 48 hours as Nicolas Billon’s award-winning play, Greenland, gets its United States premiere at the New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC). Greenland opens at the Player’s Theatre in Greenwich Village Friday, August 12th at 5:15pm (for a full performance schedule, click here).

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SummerWorks Preview: Clear Your Schedules

In the interest of full disclosure, it should be said that the matter of a certain FringeNYC production of a certain Nicolas Billon play pertaining to the patriarchal ills of a certain glaciologist has left us with little time to focus on what may be the most stacked SummerWorks lineup in recent memory. Familiar names like Stanton, Moscovitch, and MacKenzie; not one, but two generations of Colemans and the aforementioned Mr. Billon (who will bounce back and forth between Toronto and New York over the next week to keep up with his SW and FringeNYC commitments) have given festival goers the happiest of dilemmas. In lieu of focusing on a select few productions we’re excited about, we put a few questions to a few companies in this year’s fest and let them do the work. Here’s what they came back with:

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A Conversation With ‘Raton Laveur’ Director Amos Crawley

Raton Laveur, which opens this Friday at St. Vladimir’s Theatre as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival will have a familiar face at the helm. Former Bridge Co-Artistic Director Amos Crawley, who has been acting professionally since he was knee-high to…well, a raccoon, will try his director’s hat on for size, collaborating with David Patrick Flemming and Caitlin Stewart to bring this (dark-sounding) comedy to fruition. Dustin recently had the chance to chat with AC on the subject of RT in advance of their premiere this week:

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Five Toronto Fringe Shows We’re Excited About

145 shows in 27 venues across Toronto — a tiny bit intimidating, even for veteran theatre-goers. From our tiny perch in New York, we’ve scanned listings and cross-referenced our own picks with those popping up on lists around the web to come up with five shows at this year’s Toronto Fringe that we think you should check out, for a variety of reasons, in no particular order:

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