It’s funny when you are reintroduced to something you hadn’t thought about in a while, and it makes you discover you were missing it without realizing it. That’s how I felt about theatre when I was called in as a last minute recruit to help with the Dora Mavor Moore Awards.
Now in it’s 32nd year, the Doras recognized both large and independent productions at the St Lawrence Centre for the Arts in the Bluma Appel Thetare (think of them as Toronto’s equivalent to the Tonys…Canadian celebs spotted included Republic of Doyle’s Allan Hawco and Away From Her’s Gordon Pinsent). I realized 2011 is half over and I’ve only seen one theatrical production, Woody Harrelson’s Bullet for Adolf (and I’m still kicking myself for not seeing Ghost Stories!). So, I’m going to try and remedy this. In the next couple days I’ll post performing arts productions around the city that sound interesting.
After a renewed interest in theatre, I traversed to The Dakota Tavern for too farewells. It was the passing of the Monday residency torch from Rattlesnake Choir to The Sure Things. The other farewell was to Dakota cook Trevor Peever. Somehow he manages to be one of the most offensive, caring, and complimentary people I know. He’s chucking in his current apron for one out in Fort McMurray, where I foresee a Peevified version of Fubar 2 taking place. You will be missed buddy!