Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre presents a play by Kevin Dyer full of warmth and humour
Playing at Young People’s Theatre in Toronto, Under the Stairs is an important, fanciful musical story written by Kevin Dyer. It’s about a little boy named Tim who escapes to a closet of coats when his parents argue. There he finds comfort amongst a motley crew of other abandoned souls.
Timmy (Kyle Orzech) is sweet and boyish in his grey pyjamas and bare feet. Lily (Kelsey Verzotti) lives in the closet and is loving and protective. Violet (Fiona Sauder) is her cynical, foot-stomping best friend, and Albert (Paul Rainville) is their non-verbal tag-along whose knees easily wobble.
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Modern Times and Crow’s Theatre present a minimalist take on a Chekhov classic in Toronto
Playing at the Streetcar Crowsnest in the Toronto east end, The Cherry Orchard is a story about one aristocratic family’s struggle with transition. It was written by Anton Chekhov in 1903, just one year before his death. It was his last play.
Headed by a Russian matriarch Lyubov (Arsinee Khanjian), a family is at risk of losing their estate due to bad debts. Like Lyubov, her brother Leonid Gayev (Cliff Saunders) doesn’t have much of a head for business and is unable to find a proper solution to their property woes.
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French drama warps audience perspective in Toronto production of a modern classic
The cast of The Father offers us a resounding performance about aging, memory loss, and loneliness. This striking story, playing at Toronto’s Coal Mine Theatre, sheds light in an exacting manner on the consequences of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
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Toronto’s Alumnae Theatre takes on Caryl Churchill’s play Top Girls
Directed by Alysa Golden, Top Girls takes us into the world of six women from different countries, time periods, and positions in society, and we learn about their struggles, accomplishments and values. Their stories are vivid and have many parallels with today’s challenges. Continue reading Review: Top Girls (Alumnae Theatre)
An annual holiday tradition, Ross Petty Productions’ panto takes the stage in Toronto
This year’s Ross Petty holiday production at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre is a re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz, and it does not disappoint, thanks to the endearing characters, brightly coloured costumes and set, and jabs at politicians. We’re happily taken along the yellow brick road, while we watch Dorothy (spirited Camille Eanga-Selenge) make the world a better place.
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Scarborough Village Theatre presents the farcical play Noises Off in east Toronto
The actors of Noises Off at the Scarborough Village Theatre put on a fantastic show about actors putting on a not-so-fantastic show called “Nothing On.” Mishaps, both onstage and off, multiply with each scene throughout the course of this farce.
This play about a play was well-loved by the audience, thanks largely to the witty story by Michael Frayn, the physical comedy by the earnest but confused characters, as well as a set that shows us the stage of the fictional play in the first and final acts, but pivots to show what happens behind-the-scenes in the second act allowing us to see the frenzied behaviour on the other side of the curtain.
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I Call myself Princess, Jani Lauzon’s “play with opera,” is now playing at Toronto’s Aki Studio
Written by Jani Lauzon, I Call myself Princess is a powerful, captivating play that addresses Indigenous identity and culture. Playing at Toronto’s Aki Studio, this musical performance is above all an eye-opener.
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Birds Make Me Think About Freedom by L’Arche Toronto Sol Express is a memorable, eye-opening story at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival. Playing at the Al Green Theatre, it reveals the dark past of the institutionalization of people with intellectual disabilities in Ontario. The play is performed with grace and beauty, and it tells us much about resilience. Continue reading Birds Make Me Think About Freedom (L’Arche Toronto Sol Express) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review