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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Magician David Ben dazzles audiences as part of Soulpepper Theatre’s Family Festival in Toronto
Although 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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Toronto 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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Currently in its 29th iteration, the Weesageechak Begins To Dance Festival is an annual festival of Indigenous work curated by Native Earth Performing Arts. This year’s festival brings a compelling selection of interdisciplinary new works and works-in-progress from both national and international Indigenous artists to the Aki Studio until November 19th. We spoke to Artistic Director Ryan Cunningham about what we can look forward to at Weesageechak 29:
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How We Are challenges Toronto audiences to get close to an important, uncomfortable subject
Mikaela Davies and Polly Phokeev Productions presents How We Are, a challenging and complicated show that unflinchingly explores the aftermath of sexual assault. It’s the kind of show that has me still mentally unpacking and thinking deeply about what I had seen long after I exited the performance. Continue reading Review: How We Are (Mikaela Davies and Polly Phokeev Productions)
One-actor Othello finds humour in tragedy, playing now on the Toronto stage
SolOthello, curated by Native Earth Performing Arts as a part of the 2016 RUTAS panamericanas Festival, is a funny, original one-actor “twist” on the classic Shakespearean tragedy Othello from Maori theatre company Te Rehia Theatre.
Disclaimer: It has been quite a while since I have read Othello and while I am a big fan of Maori filmmakers, I have never seen work from a Maori theatre company before. This is why it’s so important to support theatre festivals like RUTAS that bring artists in from around the world and give us the opportunity to experience great art from beyond our borders.
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Nightwood Theatre will kick off their 37th season next week with the opening of the 31st annual Groundswell Festival: A Festival of Contemporary Women’s Theatre. Held at the Ernest Balmer Studio in The Historic Distillery District, Groundswell will feature a week of readings by emerging playwrights from Nightwood‘s 2015-16 Write from the Hip script development program with participation from their Young Innovators. To celebrate the opening of Groundswell 2016, we had the opportunity to ask program facilitator, dramaturge and director Andrea Donaldson some questions about this year’s festival. Continue reading Preview: Groundswell: A Festival of Contemporary Women’s Theatre (Nightwood Theatre)
Sex T-Rex launches their World Tour II, a double bill featuring two comedic plays in Toronto
Comedy troupe Sex T-Rex takes their acclaimed scripted comedies Callaghan! And the Wings of the Butterfly and SwordPlay: A Play of Swords on a “World Tour II” to Eastern Canada this weekend. Based on the preview I saw, I can say without a doubt that comedy lovers in Ottawa, Montreal, and Fredericton are in for a real treat!
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