The Death of Mrs. Gandhi and the Beginning of the New Physics by Kawa Ada is a current main stage production in the Next Stage Theatre Festival. Next Stage Theatre Festival showcases the work of established Fringe Festival artists who have demonstrated the tenacity and ingenuity to take their work to the “next stage”. The festival is … Continue reading 2017 Next Stage Festival Review: The Death of Mrs. Gandhi and the Beginning of New Physics (Everything but the Bard)
For the first ten minutes or so, Western, a play with music (playing as part of Next Stage Theatre Festival) is somewhat misty and disorienting. It doesn’t sit you down and hold your hand and walk you through its premise, but rather introduces it in a slow burn, a collaborative campfire fantasy that’s equal parts blood … Continue reading 2017 Next Stage Theatre Festival Review: Western, a play with music (The Harvey Dunn Campfire)
Rock Bottom Movement’s production of MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS was my first experience of absurdist dance, and it was a ton of fun: energetic, frequently very funny, and extremely strange. Overall, this Next Stage Theatre Festival show is an exuberant, colourful exploration of — well, I’m not entirely sure, but it’s certainly exuberant and colourful.
If there was ever a way to capture the sprawling, intimidating, racist, and limiting nature of the Canadian immigration system, I don’t think you are going to find anything better than The Silk Bath Collective’s Silk Bath playing at the Factory Theatre Studio as part of the Next Stage Theatre Festival.
At the beginning of a Songbuster – An Improvised Musical, one of the performers solicits a suggestion from an audience member for an exciting place where one meets people. The genius in the front row for the opening of Next Stage Theatre Festival offered: “ComicCon,” and we were off to the races. The absolutely hilarious and … Continue reading 2017 NEXT STAGE THEATRE FESTIVAL REVIEW: SONGBUSTER – AN IMPROVISED MUSICAL (SONGBUSTER INC.)
My Big Fat German Puppet Show is, well, a German puppet show. Playing at this year’s Next Stage Theatre Festival in the Factory Studio, playwright and puppeteer Frank Meschkuleit performs an adults-only cabaret of musical puppetry and stand-up that is sometimes funny but still mostly entertaining.
Date Me, currently playing in the Factory Antechamber at the Next Stage Theatre Festival, is an improvised comedy show where creators Ted Hallett and Lisa Merchant act out an imagined first date between two characters based on real life dating profiles. Often laugh-out-loud funny and appropriately awkward, this “different every night” 30-minute farce is one … Continue reading 2017 Next Stage Theatre Festival Review: Date Me (Ted&Lisa)
Each night of the Next Stage Theatre Festival , three Toronto theatre artists, Graham Isador, Helder Brum and Rhiannon Archer, will take over the Factory Theatre’s Antechamber and each will impart an outlandish tale. Two of them will be telling true stories from their lives and one will be telling a story that’s made up. The … Continue reading 2017 Next Stage Theatre Festival Review: Two Truths and a Lie (Pressgang Theatre)
Anika Johnson and Barbara Johnston, members of the writing team behind some of the most-acclaimed musicals to come out of the Toronto Fringe in recent years (including Summerland and The Fence) bring the latest incarnation of Blood Ties, a darkly comedic musical the duo has been honing for several years, to the Next Stage Theatre Festival. Keen-eyed … Continue reading 2017 Next Stage Theatre Festival Review: Blood Ties (Edge of the Sky)
It’s 1880, and the theatres of Paris are under the thrall of the elegant and cutthroat Madame Clothilde (Michelle Langille), a sinister “Chef de Claque” whose band of professional “clappers” can manipulate any audience in town. It’s into this den of theatrical vipers and vampires stumbles Victor (Victor Pokinko), a hapless young Canadian musician–and thus … Continue reading 2017 Next Stage Theatre Festival Review: Clique Claque (Pea Green Theatre Group)