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Creator of House TV series inks new deal

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David Shore, the London, Ont.-born writer-director of the television drama House that concluded its eighth and final season in May, has signed a lucrative deal to develop new projects for television.

 “The veteran ‘showrunner’ has inked a new three-year overall deal – said to be in the eight-figure range – with Sony TV,” the Hollywood Reporter said on June 7. The 43-year-old Shore worked as a corporate lawyer in the mid-1980s before going to Los Angeles and breaking into television. He and his family now live in Encino, Calif.

 In a recent interview, Shore said he was often asked, especially in the early years of House, to provide a succinct description of the show’s main character, the eponymous, drug-addicted doctor played by Hugh Laurie. “I would find myself trying to be brief and failing… I was just rambling and not giving any good answers. Then I realized the reason I couldn’t do it was because it couldn’t be done. When I reach a point when I can describe a character in one paragraph, then the character is no longer interesting.”

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Last Call for Playwrights: The submissions deadline for the 2012 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition is fast approaching on July 3. The winner receives a professionally acted and directed public workshop in a Between Stages Play Reading, plus a national press release. Guidelines: esthera@mnjcc.org, 416-924-6211, ext. 606.

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Fringe Festival: Toronto actor Tracey Erin Smith presents two new theatrical offerings at this summer’s Fringe Festival. The one-woman show Snug Harbor focuses on Smith and the wonderful time she spent with her father before he disappeared. CBC Radio’s The Current recently produced a documentary on Smith and the effect of her father’s suicide on her. The other show is Soulo, which teaches how to use material from your own life to create short solo theatre pieces. The Fringe offers more than 150 artistic creations between July 4 to 15, all for $11 or less.

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Names in the News: Toronto theatre entrepreneur David Mirvish hosted a light dinner with entertainment on June 26 in support of the Toronto Fringe Festival. The exclusive party was held in the menswear section of Honest Ed’s department store beside a display of iconic Honest Ed’s signage curated by the Koffler Centre. (Tickets were $79 and $99.) No doubt it makes good business sense for Mirvish, who has parlayed popular hits at the Fringe, such as The Drowsy Chaperone, into award-winning successes on the international stage.

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Arts in Brief

• Enjoy light classical music performed by a string quartet. Active Seniors, Miles Nadal JCC, Thursday, June 28, 1:30 p.m.

• The Toronto IsReal Dance Festival offers a weekend of Israeli dancing with top international choreographers, plus a mini Karmiel Dance Competition. Presented by Israeli Folk Dance Toronto, with the MNJCC. Pre-registration required. Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, June 29 to July 1. 416-221-6280, israelidancetoronto.com

• Dancap Productions presents Million Dollar Quartet, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about the time music promoter Sam Phillips brought together Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for one unforgettable night. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. July 10 to 29. 416-644-3665.

• The Summer Institute for Creative Adults invites advanced beginners or above to train in adult vocal, jazz, cabaret, opera choruses and more. $350. Miles Nadal JCC, July 16 to 20. 416-924-6211, ext. 250, deannad@mnjcc.org

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At the Galleries: Exploring Toronto by Night: Streets and Stages is an exhibition of photographs by the Untold City, a collective consisting of Aaron Miller, Joel Barnes and Nick Merzetti. The works explore the buzzing nightlife and sometimes dark realities on Toronto’s busy streets. Steam Whistle Brewing, 255 Bremner Blvd. Opens July 4, 7 to 11 p.m. On view through July. www.theuntoldcity.com  


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