The Overcoat opera scores 10 nominations at Dora Mavor Moore Awards

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      The Overcoat—a musical retailoring, which just appeared here at the Vancouver Opera Festival in a copresentation with Canadian Stage and Tapestry Opera, has score 10 Dora Mavor Moore awards, including outstanding production in the opera division.

      Also up for the prizes are both Geoffrey Sirett and Peter McGillivray for outstanding performances.

      The Toronto awards, Hogtown's version of Vancouver's Jessies, were announced today.

      Morris Panych "retailored" his hit physical-theatre spectacle The Overcoat, working with Canadian composer James Rolfe, both of whom we spoke to here. We called the show "a blackly comic, cleverly crafted new vision" in our review.

      The Musical Stage's presentation of Vancouver-created Onegin, a musical by Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille, also scored three nods in the musical-theatre division, including one for outstanding production, outstanding performance by an ensemble, and another for outstanding performance (for Josh Epstein).

      Meanwhile, rice & Beans theatre's play-meets-cooking-demo 食盡天下 (A Taste of Empire), translated and performed by Derek Chan and written and directed by Gateway Theatre artistic director Jovanni Sy is up for outstanding touring production; it was presented by Toronto's Cahoots Theatre at the Factory Theatre there. (It was also notable for being performed in Cantonese with captions in English and simplified Chinese.)

      And Bears, the interdisciplinary theatre work about oil sands and Indigenous culture that just played here at the Cultch starring Sheldon Elter, score a whopping eight nods, including one for playwright Matthew MacKenzie (who we interviewed here) in the independent theatre division. (It was coproduced with Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Punctuate! Theatre in association with Native Earth Performing Arts.)

      The full list is here.