The Secret Life of a Mother

by Justin Haley

A week ago Liza and I had the opportunity to check out Hannah Moscovitch's new piece at the Theatre Centre. Staring Maev Beaty - The Secret Life of a Mother is awonderfully tender and raw look at motherhood. Delivered in 5 acts Ms. Beaty gives a harrowing and hilarious performance. She is quite literally a force of nature and watching her on stage is such a gift. Would love to see 15 minutes more added to this piece which is such intetesting feedback and so rare.


In 2013, long-time friends, Hannah Moscovitch (Bunny / Stratford Festival) and Maev Beaty (Mouthpiece / feature film) began work on a project about motherhood. What started as an exploration of mothers took a very personal turn when both women became mothers themselves. Suddenly, they were experiencing what they were writing about; an investigation became a confessional.

Written by one of Canada’s most prolific and popular playwrights, Secret Life of a Mother, developed in Residency at The Theatre Centre, is an exposé of modern motherhood and Hannah Moscovitch’s most personal writing to date. One of her oldest friends, the multiple Dora Award-winning actor Maev Beaty, tells this story, and through it her own motherhood secrets start to surface.



By Hannah Moscovitch with Maev Beaty and Ann-Marie Kerr
Developed in Residency at The Theatre Centre
Co-produced by The SLOM Collective and The Theatre Centre
Core Creator and Director: Ann-Marie Kerr

The Theatre Centre, Franco Boni Theatre, 1115 Queen Street West

On until November 11, 2018
Tuesday – Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 2pm

To purchase online visit or call 416.538.0988

NOW YOU SEE HER at Buddies

by Justin Haley


There are times throughout the theatre year that pieces come along that remind you of the power of live theatre. The capacity it has to transform, to resonate, to somatically impact. NOW YOU SEE HER is that show. A profound, visceral and exquisite piece of theatre. So far our favourite of the year. Do yourself a favour and see Her.


Onstage at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre | October 16-November 4, 2018

Produced by Nightwood Theatre, Quote Unquote Collective and Why Not Theatre

Created and performed by Lisa Karen Cox, Maggie Huculak, Raha Javanfar, Amy Nostbakken, Norah Sadava and Cheyenne Scott

Directed byAmy NostbakkenandNorah Sadava

Nightwood Theatre, Quote Unquote Collective and Why Not Theatre are immensely proud to co-produce the World Premiere of Now You See Her. With a track record of successful collaboration, from supporting the first iteration of Quote Unquote’s Mouthpiece in the RISER Project in 2015, to its production in Nightwood Theatre’s 2016/17 and 2017/18 mainstage seasons, the relationship has been a fruitful one. Now, fresh from premiering the critically acclaimed adaptation of MOUTHPIECE as the Special Presentations Opening Night film at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, Dora Award-winning artists Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava (Artists to Watch in Fall 2018 – NOW Magazine) have joined forces with Lisa Karen Cox, Maggie Huculak, Raha Javanfar, and Cheyenne Scott to create this incendiary new piece of theatre.

They are the invisible, the vanishing and the disappeared. In an insurrectionary outburst of original music, words and movement, six characters in Now You See Her explore some of the diverse ways women fade from sight in our culture. They sing, dance and thrust themselves into the elements as they travel through the seasons of their lives. Their voices are defiant. Their question is simple: why and how do we allow our power to disappear without a fight?

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Tuesday – Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2:30pm

Opening Night: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Post-performance talkbacks: October 23, October 25 and October 30, 2018

TICKET PRICES: Pay What You Can Afford – $10 / $25 / $40 / $75

Tickets are available in person at the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre box office (12 Alexander Street), at 416-975-8555, or at