This Is Not a Review

This is Not a Review is a celebration of the things that are cool, innovative and smart about the Toronto theatre scene. We want to promote those things which are intelligently thought-out and executed, especially by smaller and emerging companies. We aim to foster the collective work of a theatre community in Toronto that pushes boundaries and discovers new territories. We are about celebrating innovative theatre, not critiquing it.

The blog will also present occasional updates on Glasswater events and shows, but we'll make sure that we don't review those things either. Just a friendly reminder of some of the cool things we're doing to promote emerging theatre artists in Toronto.

Potluck Playread 2013/2014 Announcement

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Glasswater Theatre is pleased to announce that it is now accepting submissions for the 2013/2014 Potluck Playread Series. Designed to expose playwrights and their work to new audiences, the Playread Series has hosted seven playwrights since its inception in January 2012.

For more details about the Playreading Series, visit our Events page, or download the press release here.

Questions or comments can be directed to Glasswater producer Luke LaRocque at

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7 Reasons Why Theatre Makes Our Lives Better

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By Howard Shalwitz, Artistic Director at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

As someone who came from a family of doctors, started out pre-med in college, detoured to philosophy, then teaching, and finally to theatre — not only did my career choices slide steadily downhill from my mother’s perspective, but I was left with a moral conundrum: does my chosen profession, theatre, make a valuable contribution to the world when compared with the other professions I left behind? I guess this conundrum has stuck with me, because as recently as this past winter I made a list of seven reasons why theatre matters and I’d like to share them with you briefly tonight.

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On Habit

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As a company, we’ve been spending the last few weeks (and the upcoming weeks as well), looking at Glasswater and figuring out how to best serve our artistic goals as well as the needs of the theatre community in Toronto. That means lots of meetings and discussion (and good food!) as part of the process. While we will be updating the blog more often later one, I thought I would update the blog with one of my favourite writings on theatre. From his book True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor, this chapter by David Mamet is one of the most succinct summaries of our art form. Enjoy!

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What do Audiences Do?

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When talking about the differences between theatre and film, or theatre and television, one of the things I like to emphasize is the audience’s role as co-collaborator in the work: without an audience, there can be no play. Aside from their role as consumers of the theatre, I hadn’t thought about what else audience members can do. Recently, I’ve been lucky enough to see some companies in Toronto that have taken the audience’s role in the show much more seriously than simply breaking the fourth wall or using the aisles.

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