You’ve probably already heard that Hamilton, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Toronto, finally answering the desperate pleas of local musical theatre fans.
In the summer of 1897, William Lyon Mackenzie King returned to Toronto after having spent several months advancing his education in Chicago. At just 22 years old, the future prime minister had recently earned his third degree from the University of Toronto. Before pursuing a fourth degree at Harvard, King accepted a job at the Daily Mail and Empire and produced a series of four weekly articles examining urban issues, including two that outlined the apparent circumstances of people whom he referred to as the “foreigners who live in Toronto.”
For its latest show, Triplespeak, Bad Dog Theatre is bringing things back to the basics. Director Alex Tindal is employing the classic Armando format, wherein guest speakers tell several short stories, which are used as the jumping off point for improvisors to create scenes from. Of course, what will make or break a show like this is the quality of the cast and the guests. Second City veterans, like Rob Baker and Nigel Downer, and rising stars, like Nelu Handa and Hannah Spear, are in the ensemble; for last week’s preview, Baroness Von Sketch Show‘s Carolyn Taylor kicked things off with some hilarious yarns. Tonight, columnist Sarah Hagi (Broadly) is the guest monologist; future guests include April Aliermo.
To April 14, Bad Dog Theatre (875 Bloor Street West), Fridays, 9:30 p.m., $10-$15.
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