All posts by Angela Sun

Angela Sun is a Toronto-based fat East Asian performer, theatre creator, poet, and writer. She is currently a member of the environmental theatre company, Broadleaf Theatre. In her spare time she enjoys reading and writing about art, feminism, pop culture, identity, body image, mental health, and social justice. Ironically, she fell in love with Canadian theatre after seeing a televised production of Kristen Thomson’s I, Claudia on CBC. (She finally saw the remount on stage 5 years later and was over the moon.) You can follow her exploits on her sporadically-updated Twitter @21sungelas.

Little Pretty and The Exceptional (Factory Theatre)

Shruti Kothari and Sugith Varughese in Little Pretty and The Exceptional by Joseph Michael PhotographyAnusree Roy’s play takes on the taboo of mental illness in Toronto’s South Asian community

Currently playing at the Factory Mainspace, Little Pretty and The Exceptional is the latest installment of Factory Theatre’s generally brilliant Beyond the Great White North season. While the production has some seriously good moments, it is still one of the weaker shows I’ve seen this season.

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The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely (The Crow’s Theatre)

Photo of Ngozi Paul in The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely

Ngozi Paul delights Toronto audiences as writer and performer in The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely

I was not in the greatest mood when I arrived at Streetcar Crowsnest to watch The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely. It was raining hard, I was tired from the week, and my guest had just canceled at the last minute.

Fortunately, all this quickly left my mind as I proceeded to watch one of the best shows I have seen all season. In fact, I am still trying to process the immensity of what I saw on stage that night. Continue reading The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely (The Crow’s Theatre)

Review: The Orange Dot (Theatrefront)

Daniela Vlaskalic and Shawn Dolye in The Orange Dot by John LauenerThe Orange Dot lands on the Toronto stage with provocative but mixed messages

The Orange Dot, as presented by Theatrefront at the new Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre, is a nuanced, intelligent look at gender relations in the 21st century… until it was not. The production held me and my companion captive until it erupted into an ending that tried to bite off more than it could chew. Continue reading Review: The Orange Dot (Theatrefront)

The Flirty Boys and Carson Pinch Will Die (2017 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival Double Bill)

Photo of The Flirty Boys provided by Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival.The Flirty Boys and Carson Pinch Will Die take to the stage at the Toronto Sketchfest!

My second night at Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival was spent catching the double bill of The Flirty Boys and Carson Pinch Will Die at The Theatre Centre. The comedy on offer tonight was just as intriguing as what I saw the night before and I would highly recommend checking out the rest of the festival this weekend with friends or dates!

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Fusion Comedy and The Hottest Girl in School (Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival Double Bill)

Photo of Fusion Comedy provided by Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival continues until Sunday and tonight I was able to catch a double bill of The Hottest Girl in School and Fusion Comedy. It showed the variety of offerings that can be found in the festival. Although the material in both shows were vastly different in content, it was still a thoroughly enjoyable double bill overall.

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John & Waleed (Theatre Passe Muraille and Cahoots Theatre)

Photo of John Millard and Waleed Abdulhamid by Michael Cooper

John & Waleed Bridge Worlds and Harmonies at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille

I walked into to John & Waleed, now playing at the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace, expecting an afternoon of pleasant tunes from the eponymous creators/performers John Millard and Waleed Abdulhamid, but I was worried that this show featuring “harmonies” created out of “dissonant upbringings” would be too easy on our increasingly troubled times.

Fortunately John & Waleed proved me wrong by subtly provoking complicated questions on identity and history rather than placating them.

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2017 Next Stage Theatre Festival Review: My Big Fat German Puppet Show (Invisible Inc.)

Photo of Creator Frank Meschkuleit from My Big Fat German Puppet Show

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. Continue reading 2017 Next Stage Theatre Festival Review: My Big Fat German Puppet Show (Invisible Inc.)

2017 Next Stage Theatre Festival Review: Date Me (Ted&Lisa)

Photo of Ted Hallett and Lisa Merchant in Date Me by Tanja Tiziana

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 I would definitely see a second time!

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Review: Hocus Pocus (Soulpepper Theatre)

Magician David Ben dazzles audiences as part of Soulpepper Theatre’s Family Festival in Toronto

Photo of David Ben in Hocus Pocus by Cylla Von TiedemannAlthough I have seen my fair share of magic performances on YouTube or at street festivals, Soulpepper Theatre‘s Hocus Pocus is the first full-length magic show I have seen live and I am happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Magician David Ben, a seasoned performer with fantastic showmanship and a wry sense of humour, has created an entertaining production that appeals to kid and adult audiences alike.

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Review: Wasteland (Sex T-Rex)

Photo of Sex T-Rex's WastelandToronto sketch troupe Sex T-Rex left audience in stitches with their remount of Wasteland

I think I may have to start calling myself a Sex T-Rex fan now. Their latest production Wasteland, coming off of rave reviews from this year’s Toronto and Montreal Fringes and currently playing at The Second City Toronto, is the third Sex T-Rex production I have seen (fourth if you count the fact that I saw Swordplay twice) and I still continue to be impressed by their boundless creativity and consistent delivery of a rollicking good time.

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