Leslieville panto tradition provides a fun-filled show for Toronto audiences of all ages
My youngin’ sat through the 90-minute show intrigued by the pirates, genies, the many set changes, and the creative pop music-inspired song and dance numbers. And yes… I was dancing along in my seat throughout the show too!
When was the last time you tried to please someone and completely failed at it? In a powerful solo act by comedian Ryan Dillon, Dillon takes the audience on a journey that makes us reflect on the choices we’ve made in our life. Are we people-pleasers? Does the idea of making everyone happy make you happy? Dillon stepped onto the Tarragon stage to tell us a story that was heartwarming, funny and compelling. Collapse at the Toronto Fringe Festival tugged at my heart strings and it gave me something to really think about.
I couldn’t have been more excited about going to the Ahimsa Yoga studio for their Toronto Fringe Festival play Shecky’s Yoga Sequel: Because Enlightenment Doesn’t Happen in Just One Class. As a theatre and yoga lover the choice to see this show was a no brainer. However, even though the show left me feeling a little more relaxed and enlightened, I did feel like the overall performance could have been stronger and tighter.
I admittedly was a bit scared when I walked into the Westside Montessori School for the site-specific Toronto Fringe Festival show, Eraser. What is more daunting (or exciting) than going back to visit your childhood?!
I still had mixed feelings when one of the actors, Michael Pintucci, approached me and a few others for a tour of the school before the show started. The unknown of what to expect had my heart racing. With that being said, Michael kept the others and I at ease and soon enough, I felt like I had become one of the students going through this incredible childhood journey with the cast.
I was pretty excited to take my daughter (a 2 and half year old) to her first ever Toronto Fringe kids show. Not knowing what to expect going in, I left the theatre an enthusiastic fan of the talented duo Sonshine & Broccoli, who star in the musical play I Want to Be.
The thing I love about The Toronto Fringe Festival is that you never really know when you will get that glimpse of a gem. That special something that makes you go ‘wow’. Getting Odd was that special gem for me. This was the last show I watched after a long day of fringing. I had no idea what to expect. But by the end of the show, I was walking away humming to the Beach Boys song ‘Wouldn’t it be nice’. If I wasn’t in public, I’d probably would have started dancing too! Now Getting Odd is not a musical BUT there are some catchy song and dance numbers in it that are playful and fun. Needless to say, Getting Odd was a thrill ride that had me at the edge of my seat throughout the play.
Five strong female dancers took The Theatre Centre BMO Incubator stage in an abstract contemporary dance number that was both physically demanding and also quite intense. Choreographed by well-known choreographer Amanda Acorn, the SummerWorks production multiform(s) was a fluid, dynamic piece that showed a great deal of willpower and endurance.
Canadian Stage wows Toronto audiences with the “emotionally gripping” The Other Place
When I first read the description of The Other Place, I was expecting to walk into an emotional thriller that would have me at the edge of my seat. Instead, I was taken into another journey that wasn’t quite dark and mysterious but informative and at times emotionally gripping. The talented cast and the creative set design by Judith Bowden were the highlights of this Canadian Stage production.
Nijinsky explores mental illness through dance at The National Ballet of Canada in Toronto
He was best known as one of the greatest male dancers of the early 20th Century and in the latest production by The National Ballet of Canada (NBC), we can see why. His name was Vaslav Nijinsky, a risk-taker performer and choreographer who pushed the boundaries in his time becoming one of the world’s first successful male dancers. He pushed the creative envelope and became a trailblazer in his time. His life was incredibly fascinating and the depiction of his life in NBC’s Nijinsky, was just as intriguing and exciting to watch.