Another theatre season has come and gone, which brings on another season of its own: awards season.
With nominations for the Dora Mavor Moore Awards dropping next week and buildup mounting for the Tonys on June 9, the ninth annual Toronto Theatre Critics Awards have been announced, celebrating the big and small of Toronto theatre.
Several trend pieces have documented how a new generation of Black playwrights are taking over American theatre and that influence has evidently seeped north. The two major winners of the TTCA play categories are: The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney (screenwriter of the Oscar-winning filim Moonlight) and School Girls; OR, the African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh.
The first, produced by Soulpepper Theatre is an exploration of the lives of three Black men in the Louisiana bayou navigating responsibility, freedom and sexuality, drawing from West African Yoruba mythology (it closes June 1, catch it while you can!). The second, produced by Obsidian Theatre in association with Nightwood Theatre, is both a joyous comedy of female adolescence and a biting indictment of colonialisam, beauty standards and shadeism among Black women.