Mirvish Productions is the premier name in Toronto Theatre, bringing musicals, dramas, comedies and more to the theatre stage for over 50 years.
Mother's Day is on Sunday. This is the second MD we will be celebrating during the pandemic. “Celebrating” may be too ambitious a word to describe how we mark special occasions in these unusual times. Still, we all do what we can under the circumstances, while still adhering to the protocols that epidemiologists and doctors have suggested to keep us all safe. That’s the thing about humans: we are resilient and despite everything we endure with a smile and hope for a better future.
And speaking of special occasions (and of resilience and beaming smiles), Steffi and Lisa (SnL) mark their one year anniversary of creating and hosting Check In From Away. We could not imagine life without their infectious good humour and genuine charm. Congrats, SnL!
And in this issue, introducing our new frame-worthy illustrations of all four Mirvish theatres: Moms everywhere would love to have one or a collection of all four.
I don’t tolerate uncertainty very well. Some people make plans for the weekend; I make plans for the next 20 years. Needless to say, for me, this pandemic has been like an endless cognitive therapy exercise in exposure: no certainty, no plans, just the moment we’re living in for better or worse.
April 10th marks the 25th Anniversary of the world premiere of Two Pianos, Four Hands (2P4H). The show by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt began at the Tarragon Theatre in 1996 and has gone on to become the most produced play in Canadian theatre history. Mirvish presented 2P4H in Toronto three times, in 1998, 2003 and 2001, each time to sold-out houses. Mirvish also presented the show off Broadway in New York and in London’s West End.
A new column by Desiree Proveau, our resident arts and crafts connoisseur, with future contributions from other Mirvish staffers, about what we’re doing offstage while we wait for the theatres to reopen.
It was last year around this time that I was about a month into lockdown 1.0, with two small children, wondering how I was going to survive being cooped up in my house with a small backyard that had seen better days.