Heads Up for the week of March 7-13, 2022

by Lynn on March 7, 2022

in The Passionate Playgoer

Tuesday, March 8-13 at 8:00 pm (in person)

Tarragon Theatre Mainspace, Toronto, Ont.

Light (World Premiere)

Written by Rosa Laborde
Directed by Jackie Maxwell
In-person (subscriber exclusive) March 8 – 13
Tarragon Chez Vouz digital access March 15 – 27

Seekers come from far and wide to discover ‘the truth’ of their existence at an ashram devoted to meditation, contemplation and relinquishing thought. But a new student threatens to undermine the whole endeavor while simultaneously, and unexpectedly, becoming undone. A play about who we think we are versus the thoughts that make us what we think.


Wednesday, March 9, 10, 12, 2022.

March 9 AND 10, 2022—7:30 P.M.
March 12, 2022—1:00 P.M. AND 7:30 P.M.

Performed at the Canadian Opera Company Theatre
227 Front St. E., Toronto, Ontario


By Ian Cusson and Colleen Murphy

Sung in English

The Canadian Opera Company Theatre hosts the world premiere of Fantasma by former COC Composer-in-Residence Ian Cusson, with a libretto by Canadian theatre legend Colleen Murphy, and direction and dramaturgy by Julie McIsaac. Sung in English and set in contemporary times, Fantasmafollows best friends Léa and Ivy as they stumble upon a dark secret at an old-fashioned family carnival. Fantasmais highly recommended for young adults—if you have someone age 12-18 in your life, this is a great way to introduce them to opera as a living, breathing, contemporary form of cultural expression.

Performance time is approximately 45 minutes with no intermission

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March 10 to April 18,  2022

1 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ont.


Created by Robert Lepage

Based on works by Alberto Manguel

  Lighthouse Immersive, North America’s leading producer of ground-breaking experiential art exhibits, in association with Luminato Festival Toronto, announces that the next work to inhabit their Toronto Lighthouse Artspace at 1 Yonge Street will be the Toronto premiere of an immersive experience from internationally acclaimed Canadian theatre artist Robert Lepage and his company Ex Machina, THE LIBRARY AT NIGHT.  The unique, enveloping experience will open March 10th running to April 18th. Inspired by Argentinian Canadian writer Alberto Manguel’s acclaimed 2006 book The Library at Night – which explores the theoretical, architectural, and social dimensions that underlie any library’s existence/


Thursday, March 10-20, 2022, 8:00 pm

Capitol Theatre, Port Hope, Ont.


A trip through the music, culture, and politics of the BABY BOOM generation.

Created by Rick Miller, BOOM  takes us on a heartfelt journey through 25 turbulent years (1945-1969) and gives voice to over 100 influential politicians, activists, and musicians. It’s an astonishing experience for audiences of all generations and–with 385 performances already–a hit in Canada, the U.S., France, and Taiwan.


Thursday, March 10, 2022,


The Blyth Festival Raises funds for Ukraine with Award Winning Show

Gil Garratt announced today that on Thursday March 10, the Blyth Festival in partnership with Pyretic Productionswill be presenting an online reading of Barvinok by Edmonton based playwright Lianna Makuch to raise humanitarian funds for Ukraine. 

Originally produced by Pyretic Productions in association with Punctuate! Theatre in Edmonton in 2018, the productiongarnered four Sterling Award nominations and in March of 2019 went on to premiere at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre; plans for a national tour were scuttled by Covid19. Barvinok is a two act play directed by Patrick Lundeen, and starring Lianna Makuch, Mariya Khomutova, Andrew Kushnir, Maxwell Lebeuf, Tanya Pacholok and Christina Nguyen.

Lianna Makuch is a second generation Ukrainian Canadian Theatre Artist. She is the playwright and principal performer in Barvinok, which has garnered her awards and recognition from across the country and internationally.

Gil Garratt says, “This is a moment in history our generation has not seen before. It is crushing to see what is happening in Eastern Europe and we knew as an organization we needed to do something tangible. The play Ms. Makuch and Pyretic have created is extraordinary. They built the script through grassroots, immersive story building, traveling to Ukraine over and over for years, gathering interviews and insights. These artists have tried to hold the heart of Ukraine in their hands and share it. We are all richer for it.”

During the pre-recorded event, links to donate to the Red Cross and the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation groups will be featured and easily found both on Blyth Festival social media channels and the Blyth Festival website (www.blythfestival.com).

The recording will be available on the Blyth Festival YouTube channel for the next month while we bring awareness to this urgent crisis.

For more information regarding this event please contact Gil Garratt at

ggarratt@blythfestival.com or Rachael King at rking@blythfestival.com

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