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Here’s an ad from the May 9 1946 edition of the Toronto Daily Star that caught my attention:

I looked up Dress Rehearsal Limited in the Toronto city directories. It appears to have been a new business, as it does not appear in the 1946 city directory. It is listed in the 1947 directory at 41 Cumberland; Inez Pierson, who was teaching the Personality Planning course, is listed as its manager. Unfortunately, it did not remain in existence for long, as it does not appear in the 1948 directory.

Out of curiosity, I tried tracing the people mentioned in the ad:

  • I couldn’t find Anton Diffring anywhere; either his name was a theatrical pseudonym or a misspelling, or he lived out of town and commuted into the city to teach drama.
  • Inez Pierson was new in town, as she does not appear in the 1946 directory. After Dress Rehearsal Limited folded, she appeared in the 1948 and 1949 directories with no listed occupation. She does not appear in the 1950 directory.

I wonder whether Dress Rehearsal’s Repertory Company ever existed. Did they put on any shows during the fall of 1946?

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