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Toronto Irish Players’ “Elvis’s Toenail” opens Feb 19

Toronto Irish Players present the Canadian premiere of Fionnuala Kenny’s Elvis’s Toenail at Alumnae Theatre, Feb 19 – March 7.

The play is set in a Dublin clothing factory in 1961.  It is directed by longtime Toronto Irish Players member Cliona Kenny (the playwright’s sister!), and the cast includes the playwright’s nephew, David Dickie.

Here’s an interview from the Toronto Irish Players blog:  actor Kearsten Johansson plays Imelda, an Elvis-obsessed Irish seamstress and owner of the titular relic.


PERFORMANCES: Feb 19 – March 7, 2015.
Thu – Sat @ 8pm; Sunday Matinees @ 2pm (Feb 22 & March 1).

WHERE: Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley St. (at Adelaide, east of Sherbourne), Toronto.

TICKETS: $20 ($18 students & seniors)

Call 416-440-2888 to reserve tickets, or visit TIP’s website to purchase online:  http://torontoirishplayers.com/

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“Shining City” onstage at Alumnae Theatre, Nov 3-19

The Toronto Irish Players takes over Alumnae’s mainstage for a couple of weeks – their production of Conor McPherson’s Shining City opens tonight and runs to November 19

But what about Sylvia, you ask?  Isn’t that opening on November 11?  Why yes, it is.  Thanks for asking.  But Sylvia will be running in Alumnae’s 3rd floor Studio space, y’see.  The old building will be hopping – both stages occupied!

Shining City is a Tony Award-nominated drama by Irish playwright Conor McPherson.  Set in an office in Dublin, the play features a therapist counselling a widower haunted by the ghost of his dead wife, while he also struggles with his own psychological secrets.   The New York Times critic Ben Brantley described it as “Quiet, haunting and absolutely glorious… as as close to perfection as contemporary playwriting gets.”

Toronto Irish Players’ production is directed by Cliona Kenny,  and the cast features Matt Jensen, Katharine O’Brien, Diarmuid Collins, and Stephen Flett.

Watch a promo video (yes, apparently there are commercials now for theatre!) at http://vimeo.com/30862396

Get more details and reserve tickets at http://www.torontoirishplayers.org/ or phone 416-440-2888.

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