Meanwhile...Our Online Magazine

  August 11, 2020  

Meanwhile #18

As the curtain rises, both those on stage and those in the auditorium bring their own perspectives and history to the story about to unfold before them. People travel from far and wide and descend on the theatre to create a unique and shared experience. Today we explore both the far and wide and the hyperlocal.

This week's Check In From Away has our hosts checking in with Come From Away companies from around the globe. We also have our Director of Communications, John Karastamatis, in a Q&A with Irish-Canadian writer Emma Donoghue (Room, The Pull of the Stars). Finally, we chatted with longtime Mirvish staffer, Laurel Purvis, about her favourite local spots in Toronto!

Our Favourite Things

By Laurel Purvis

The Communist's DaughterFavourite Local Spot
The Communist’s Daughter
1149 Dundas St West

My favourite hole in the wall bar has recently been able to reopen with a charming ramshackle patio out back. The perfect place for a pint on a hot summer night. It feels more like you’re having a back alley drink in Rome rather than buttoned-up Toronto.

Favourite Show
Fun Home

I had read and very much enjoyed the book but it seemed like unusual source material for a musical. However, this multi-Tony award winning show, which played at the CAA theatre in the Spring 2018 was a revelation. It was a big-hearted but unsentimental show in an intimate theatre with a great cast. And emotionally resonant (i.e. I cried buckets).

Favourite Arts Organization 
The Art Gallery of Ontario

I was looking forward to Picasso: Painting the Blue Period which was originally slated to open in June.The first exhibition on Picasso’s Blue Period to be mounted in Canada, it has now been rescheduled for Fall 2021. In the meantime, physically distance yourself to Diane Arbus: Photographs,1956–1971 which is on until November 8th.

Q & A with EmmaYou may know Emma Donoghue from Room, her bestselling book which she adapted into an Oscar-winning film and then into a stage play with songs. Room was going to be on this year’s Off-Mirvish season. We were all eagerly awaiting it. But on its opening night at the Grand Theatre in London ON, the pandemic hit and the show was cancelled only hours before the curtain was to rise.

The indefatigable Emma then turned her attention to the novel she had just submitted to her publisher. Set in a Dublin hospital during the 1918 flu pandemic, The Pull of the Stars was scheduled to be published in spring 2021. But the publisher was so impressed with it, the novel was put into production immediately and is now available in bookstores and online. (But consider purchasing it from your local bookseller. Please support the merchants in your community.)

The Pull of the Stars is brilliant, a real page-turner in the best sense of the word. We are delighted to have Emma on a video chat from her home in London ON. She talks about her writing life, her research on the 1918 flu and what she’s learned about living during a pandemic.

Emma Donoghue Contest

Enter by Saturday, August 15 at 11:59PM
Contest Closed

Fan Art

We are looking for Fan Art to be showcased on our theatre marquees. Have you created a piece of art that features or celebrates a show? Share it with us.

If chosen, your artwork and name will be displayed on the digital marquees of our theatres, and you will receive a $100 Mirvish Gift Card.

Contest is now closed.

This week, SnL check in with Come From Away companies from around the globe! They'll speak with cast members from New York, London and Australia.