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Yoshi Oida in Conversation with Alexander Neef

Death in Venice has opened to unanimous critical acclaim (Toronto Star review, Globe and Mail review, Eye Weekly review, Toronto Sun review) and much of the praise singles out director Yoshi Oida:

"Japanese stage director Yoshi Oida was able to help the actors subtly and imaginatively create the sultry Venetian environment" - Ken Winters, Globe and Mail
"What makes this presentation really stand out is the exquisite staging by Japanese director, actor and writer Yoshi Oida. Although the set is little more than a series of boardwalks, it would be wrong to call it minimalist. Oida has shaped every last, tiny detail of the story so that all we see, hear and feel works together toward a focused dramatic message." - John Terauds, Toronto Star

"And while much of the credit . . . must indeed go to Britten, who was clearly working at the top of his form despite his failing health, it must be shared with director Oida, a true master of the unobtrusive." - John Coulbourn, Toronto Sun

During the final week of rehearsals at a dinner for COC supporters, Oida spoke with our General Director, Alexander Neef, about his approach to the production. If you didn't get a chance to attend the dinner, don't despair, for we have the full audio interview available on our Podcasts page. Here's a video clip to whet your appetite:

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The Season is Underway!

Our season opened Saturday to a sold-out house with Aida, and we're gearing up for a very exciting fall run. Our Aida has generated a tremendous amount of opinion and buzz, and there are eleven more performances left for you to go and see what the fuss is about. Don't forget that a limited number of standing room tickets will be available the morning of each performance at the box office at eleven a.m. You can find a collection in our Aida Social Media Release of all the production imagery.

Sondra Radvanovsky's company and role debut as Aida is big news, and the source of an enormous amount of critical acclaim (we will continue to update the "Critical Acclaim" link with new reviews as they come in).

Toronto Life has an interview with Sondra Radvanovsky:


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Meet Yoshi Oida This Weekend

Yoshi Oida, the director of our upcoming Death in Venice, is now in town and keeping a very busy schedule of rehearsals and interviews. This Sunday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., he is participating in Why Not Theatre's workshop series where he will hold a Q&A following a screening of the documentary Have You Seen the Moon, which documents his creative process as an actor and director. His collaborations with Peter Brook and his books on the craft of acting have cemented his renown, and this screening is definitely worth a visit if you're interested in the process behind his work on Death in Venice.

The event will be held at The Theatre Centre, 1087 Queen St. W. (at Dovercourt), and the admission price is $10 cash at the door. Copies of Oida's two books on acting, The Invisible Actor and An Actor's Tricks, will be on sale at the event through TheatreBooks.

To reserve a space, contact the Why Not Theatre box office at 416-538-0988.

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001



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