Early bird gets the worm
While the old guard of Toronto independent theatres (Tarragon, Factory, Passe Muraille) continue to chug along, there's a new generation of permanent venues underway for established companies. Chief among them is Crow's Theatre, which gave us the first real story of 2013 with the announcement of its new theatre in the east end. It's been a banner year for Artistic Director Chris Abraham, who took home the country's largest theatre prize, the Siminovitch, and directed three incredible shows: Othello at Stratford, Someone Else with Canadian Stage, and, one of the best of 2013, Winners and Losers.
The Nutcracker / National Ballet - Four Seasons / Dec. 14 - Jan. 4 / 7:00pm/2:00pm / $25-$100+
After over fifteen years, the National Ballet's production of The Nutcracker hasn't missed a step. The ballet is a wildly imaginative journey through the decadent and playful sights and sounds of the Christmas season. Like a richly detailed picture book come to life, the production is full of magic and humour, which all the while encourages audiences to contemplate the true themes of the holiday. Check out our full review from last year.