All posts by Istvan Dugalin

Apart from his (pathological?) obsession with airplane disasters, Istvan is a filmmaker and film enthusiast, but began his creative adventures in theatre. Starting out as an actor, he soon discovered a preference for life behind-the-scenes. He has experience in lighting design, stage management and production management, but his passion is writing and directing. With several short films and an indie feature under his belt, film has been his focus in recent years, but theatre has been calling him back. You see more of his critical writing at his film reflection blog:

2019 Next Stage Festival Review: Raising Stanley / Life With Tulia (Raising Stanley / Life with Tulia collective)

Raising Stanley / Life with Tulia, playing at the Next Stage Theatre Festival after its sold-out premiere in Ottawa, is a multi-disciplinary piece that combines storytelling and painting to take the audience on a journey through the experience of raising and partnering with guide dogs for the blind.  Continue reading 2019 Next Stage Festival Review: Raising Stanley / Life With Tulia (Raising Stanley / Life with Tulia collective)

Review: Obaaberima (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre)

Tawiah Ben M’Carthy’s play returns to Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times as part of its 40th season

Tawiah Ben M’Carthy’s Obaaberima, currently playing at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre as part of their 40th season, is a visceral and emotional triumph. With fierce honesty, M’Carthy takes us on a journey that spans continents and weaves gender, race and sexuality into a rich and colourful tapestry of self-discovery.  Continue reading Review: Obaaberima (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre)

Review: Middletown (Crows Theatre/Shaw Festival)

Middletown asks existential questions of the human condition, now on the Toronto stage

In partnership with Crow’s Theatre, the 2017 Shaw Festival’s staging of Will Eno’s poetic observation of small town life, Middletown, gets a remount at Streetcar Crowsnest. Meg Roe’s simple yet immersive production feels carefully measured. The ensemble cast brings weight and purpose to the deceptively mundane, seemingly random interactions between townsfolk. Here is a space where the minutiae of everyday life is given cosmic significance.  Continue reading Review: Middletown (Crows Theatre/Shaw Festival)

Review: The Caucasian Chalk Circle (George Brown Theatre)

Toronto’s George Brown Theatre tackles Bertolt Brecht’s classic play

George Brown Theatre delivers a stylish and thoroughly enchanting production of Bertolt Brecht’s classic of epic theatre, The Caucasian Chalk Circle—a parable of precarious justice, greed and selflessness. It tells the story of a peasant girl who rescues an abandoned baby from a recently overthrown rich governor and his wife.  Continue reading Review: The Caucasian Chalk Circle (George Brown Theatre)