Live theatre is staging a comeback in Toronto – outdoors
With indoor venues still dark, theatre is slowly coming back – but it’s outside in streets, parks, front yards and public squares
It was the applause that made me cry.
After 16 months of Zoom play readings, digital film-theatre hybrids and way too much streamed TV, I had forgotten what it felt like to clap along with a bunch of strangers to show appreciation for something we’d all experienced together.
So when the sound of 50 pairs of hands echoed around the High Park Amphitheatre after three musicians from Tafelmusik Orchestra played a modest little concert, I teared up.
My glasses got steamy, and not just because I was wearing a mask. Lockdown and isolation have made us all a little fragile. And here I was, witnessing the gradual return of live theatre. Live outdoor theatre, that is.
My assignment was simple: to see as many live outdoor shows as possible. In this uncertain period after the pandemic’s third wave and before theatres reopen, several brave companies made plans. Canadian Stage was the first local company out of the gate, …
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