Familiar faces on stage this weekend

Finally got to see the Toronto Irish Players’ production of The Hunt for Red Willie on Saturday night (also closing night) – and everything you’ve heard here is true. Loads of laughs, madcap farce/costume changes and loads of euphemism/innuendo going on.

A lively – and incredibly busy – cast made this a fun evening of theatre. As usual, always a blast to see Steve Flett on stage – in this case doing double duty (as was the entire cast) as a bumbling British Sgt. and an equally hilariously goofy Irishman. Bumped into Mark Whelan (last seen on the Alum stage in A Delicate Balance), who was also there to see the show. Thanks to producer Yolanda Savino-Walsh for the comp!

This afternoon, I visited Central Commerce C.I., home of Shakespeare in Action, which is currently running The Diary of Anne Frank (thanks to Mat Howard, who directed The Queens at Alum last season, for the heads-up on this one).

A familiar face in this show: Sascha Cole (who was the young film studies professor in the New Ideas staged reading of Theory, which went on to a full production at Summerworks 2010) in the title role. Amazing job portraying a young teenage girl: with all the energy, imagination, conflict and desire of a girl who is not only on the brink of womanhood, but forced into hiding with her family in Nazi-occupied Holland. Another excellent cast; Catherine McNally, as Mrs. Van Daan, is also a stand-out.

The Hunt for Red Willie is over, but you still have a chance to see The Diary of Anne Frank. Visit www.shakespeareinaction.org for details.

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