All posts by Catherine Jan

A former freelance translator in Paris, Catherine Jan now enjoys writing in Toronto and about Toronto. Especially about Toronto theatre. She also blogs about translation, copywriting, editing and other word-related past-times at Catherine Translates. Are you on Twitter? Join @translatetrad‘s 2,000 followers who keep up with her workin’ girl tweets.

Review (Kid +1): A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper)

A Christmas CarolSoulpepper touches Toronto audiences’ hearts with Dicken’s classic tale

Playing at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Toronto Distillery District, A Christmas Carol will inject the holiday spirit of giving into the most cheapskate, grumpiest member of your family.

This Dickens classic is a heart-warming way to end 2016 with your little ones. Continue reading Review (Kid +1): A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper)

Review (Kid +1): Sleeping Beauty (Ross Petty Production)

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Ross Petty’s Sleeping Beauty at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre is a grand crowd-pleaser. You’ll see a creative variation of this classic fairy tale that includes ninja dance moves, groan-worthy puns and a huge amount of audience participation, mostly in the form of laughter and booing. If you’re looking for a festive family outing for the holidays, see Sleeping Beauty! Continue reading Review (Kid +1): Sleeping Beauty (Ross Petty Production)

Review: The Swan Song: A Study in Terror (The NAGs Players)

The Swan SongThe Swan Song  is a “charming” and “marvelous” whodunnit on stage at the Tranzac in Toronto

The Swan Song: A Study in Terror is a charming whodunnit. Playing at the Tranzac Stage in Toronto, this murder mystery will tickle your funny bone and keep you on your toes — once you think you’re sure of whom the killer is, something will occur that places the potential guilt on someone else.

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Review: Tideline (Canadian Rep Theatre and ENSEMBLE)

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Tideline, on stage now in Toronto, is beautifully performed and not shy about politics

Tideline is a poetic, demanding play, beautifully performed at the Hart House Theatre at the University of Toronto. What seems like a simple family drama — a story in which a young man’s distant father suddenly passes and the son finds out family secrets — quickly turns into a hard-to-watch journey that takes us to a post-war desolate landscape. Written by Lebanon-born Wajdi Mouawad, translated by Shelley Tepperman and directed by Ken Gass, Tideline explores the impact of the atrocities of war on youth. Continue reading Review: Tideline (Canadian Rep Theatre and ENSEMBLE)

Let Me Freeze Your Head (Neil McArthur) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

photo of Neil McArthur in Let Me Freeze Your Head

Neil McArthur wants to freeze your head and make you live forever. As part of the Toronto Fringe Festival 2016 at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse, Let Me Freeze Your Heard is a convincing call for cryonic preservation. Attend this info-session for more information about how this service can buy you more time on earth. Continue reading Let Me Freeze Your Head (Neil McArthur) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

Birthday Cake (Alma Matters) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Sarah Marchand Time for Birthday Cake at the Toronto Fringe Festival 2016! From Alma Matters Productions, Birthday Cake is an unusual and touching story by courageous actor Sarah Marchand. Come see it at Theatre Passe Muraille as long as you’re not on your first date with someone or with your straight-laced parents. This play will make you uncomfortable.

Birthday Cake is sad, hilarious, heart-wrenching, deviant and memorable. An actual birthday cake gets eaten, but there are things that get done to that cake that go beyond standard usage. I won’t spoil it, but I’ll say that it went from awkward to out of this world, and that the stage required heavy-duty cleanup after the show.

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Twelfth Night … A Puppet Epic (Shakey-Shake and Friends) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

photo of puppets from Twelfth Night

Playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival 2016 at the George Ignatieff Theatre, Twelfth Night … A Puppet Epic is a wacky take on Shakespeare’s romantic comedy. Produced by Shakey-Shake and Friends, this tale of mistaken identities is full of wordplay and smooth puppet moves. You’ll be giggling and groaning for 60 minutes straight.

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