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Promotional Package for Toronto the Good



In Artword Theatre mainspace, June 14-July 28, 2002
Toronto The Good
(Singing, dancing and comedy - 1890s style)
An Artword Theatre production written and directed by Ronald Weihs

Yes, folks, in the 1890's Toronto is not so good ... There are schemers,
quacks, swindlers, and fallen women..
A musical with singing, dancing and general carrying-on, based on 1890’s original sources:
(gossip columns, court reports, temperance tracts, investigative journalism,
song sheets, vaudeville routines, and more!)

Music Director: Thomas Baker
Cast: Ann Bisch, Alastair Love, Michelle Piller, Susanne Schneider, Robin White
Show Times and Prices:
Previews, June 14, 15 at 8:30 pm and June 16 at 3:00 pm (all tickets $15)
Opens June 18 at 8:30 pm, runs to July 28, 2002
Tues, Wed, Thurs at 8:30 pm: regular $28, senior/students/equity $22
Sat mat at 4 pm, Sun mat at 3 pm: regular $28, senior/students/equity $22
Fri, Sat at 8:30: regular $32, senior/students/equity $26
Reservations: Advance ticket reservations through the St. Lawrence Centre Ticket Line, 416-366-7723,
Artword Theatre opens for ticket sales and pickup ONE HOUR BEFORE A SHOW only.

The Victorian era was a time of great social turmoil. If the Victorians were obsessed with morality (and they were!) it was because no one was sure any more what was right and proper. The class structure was breaking down and codes of behaviour were disintegrating. Women began to demand their place in the political arena, and the right to social independence. And the behaviour of young girls – shocking!
In the 1880s, a reform movement led by Mayor Howland cleaned up the city, both politically and morally, and created the image of “Toronto the Good”. By the 1890s, however, natural human impulses were reasserting themselves. Women in bloomers rode bicycles in High Park and flirted with “dudes” on Yonge Street. Despite the blue laws, streetcars were running on Sunday. Despite the morality squad, houses of ill fame flourished.
Toronto the Good! draws on advertisements and newspaper articles of the period to bring the era to life, in all its richness and complexity. The morning papers were sober and political. The evening papers captivated its readers with scandals, wild goings-on, bizarre ads for patent medicines, and investigative reports on the seamier side of life in Toronto.
Songs of the period evoke all sides of the question, from militant temperance songs (“Throw Down the Bottle”) to saucy show tunes (“The Girl with the Cigarette”) to heart-rending ballads (“Song of the Outcast”). The songs are performed in the original arrangements, with luscious four-part choruses.
Toronto the Good! shows you all the things that the Victorians did not want you to know about, full of good spirits and great tunes.