All posts by Lin Young

Lin Young is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Queen’s University by day, an insatiable theatre-goer by night. She truly loves seeing innovative indie theatre, the strange sort of hole-in-the-wall shows that big companies would never take a risk on. She’s seen plays in basements, gardens, bars, and in old dilapidated houses, to name a few. She’s always on the lookout for the next theatrical experiment in the city, and loves seeing shows that have some quality of fantasy, historicity, or strangeness to them – especially if they involve puppets! She tweets about theatre, comics and the 19th century at @linkeepsitreal.

Welcome to the Bunker – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

Bunker

Excerpt from Press Release:

Welcome to the Bunker! is an immersive zombie apocalypse comedy set in a bunker deep below Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace. Katie, a young zombie rights activist, and Todd, an antisocial doomsday prepper, will give you and your fellow survivors an orientation into bunker living that could just save your lives- if everything goes according to their half-assed, yet optimistic, plan. Feelings Circles! Obsessive rationing! Nearly fully figured out chemical toilets! Just ignore that scratching coming from the walls, won’t you?

Bunker! was created as a collaboration between two very different artistic disciplines: comedy/improvisation, and traditional theatre, plus a side of nerdy obsession with horror tropes. Welcome to the Bunker! is a fast, furious, non-stop comedy that uses the ridiculous cliches of zombie mythology to explore themes such as generational tension, loss, and hope in the face of disaster. Like…a really big, gory disaster.

This is the first collaboration between Clare Blackwood and Ryan F. Hughes. Ryan is an award-winning playwright, actor, and improviser. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School’s playwrighting program and Second City Toronto’s Conservatory program. Clare Blackwood has worked with many independent theatre companies in Toronto, specializing in Shakespeare and musical theatre, and is a My Entertainment World Award best ensemble winner for Romeo and (her) Juliet (Urban Bard/Headstrong Collective). Director Alison Louder has previously assistant directed 2016 Patron’s Pick The Harvester (Rabbit in a Hat Prod.) and has held a spot on the Best Local Actress Top 10 list in Montreal for over a decade. Film/tv credits include Being Human, Murdoch Mysteries, Saving Hope, and Xavier Dolan’s upcoming film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. Stage Manager Justine Cargo was the assistant stage manager for 2016 Fringe hit Romeo and Juliet Chainsaw Massacre, and stage manager for Storefront Theatre’s Tough Jews, nominated for 6 Dora Awards.

Don’t miss this Fringe’s weirdo, underground (literally!) zombie hit that will have you die laughing, rise again laughing, and eat some brains. Laughing.

Details

  • Welcome to the Bunker! plays at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace. (16 Ryerson Ave.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warnings: Audience Participation, Mature Language.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible, with some tight cornering. Accessible seating is in the front row.

Performances

  • Wednesday July 5th, 10:00 pm
  • Friday July 7th, 06:30 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 09:45 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 08:30 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 04:45 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 06:15 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 03:30 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 01:00 pm

Photo of Clare Blackwood and Ryan F. Hughes by Max Telzerow.

Moonlight After Midnight – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

MoonlightExcerpt from Press Release:

Moonlight After Midnight is a romantic mystery that beguiles audiences with the simple story of a woman and a man accidentally meeting in a hotel room. Though as the story shifts and fractures, the dramatic possibilities multiply, culminating in a heart-rending twist.

In the summer of 2010, Vanessa Quesnelle and Martin Dockery met at a theatre festival in London, Ontario, had a fringe romance, and within weeks decided to tour a two-person play across the country the following year. What could have been a four-month disastrous tour proved to be the groundwork for their courtship and Concrete Drops Theatre was born. Today, they are married and continue to create and tour their work together.

Concrete Drops Theatre has toured five plays to fringe festivals across Australia and North America. Moonlight After Midnight has been awarded the Weekly Award – Best Theatre at the Adelaide Australia Fringe, Best Theatre of Adelaide Fringe – The Advertiser newspaper, Critics Pick Best Show at Cincinnati Fringe, Critics Pick Best Show at Orlando Fringe, Runner-Up Critics Pick at Vancouver Fringe Festival, Best Original Work at Ottawa Fringe Festival.

Details

  • Moonlight After Midnight plays at the Tarragon Mainspace. (30 Bridgman Ave.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • This venue is barrier-free. The designated accessible seating is in the middle of the auditorium.

Performances

  • Friday July 7th, 07:00 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 12:00 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 04:45 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 06:45 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 10:30 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 06:00 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 02:15 pm

Photo of Vanessa Quesnelle and Martin Dockery by Will O’Hare.

Weirder Thou Art – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

Weirder Thou Art

Excerpt from press release:

North American humans you think William Shakespeare wrote Mac Beth ha, ha, ha..well we’ll tell you the truth (wink wink) who really wrote the play. Three bouffon women (if you want to call them that) put the weird in the Wyrd sisters. The bouffon search for humanity brings a reluctant William Shakespeare on a journey from a living hell to acceptance.

Weirder Thou Art stars Ronak Singh as The Virgin, Stephen Flett as the Matron, Anne Shepherd as the Crone and Philip Krusto as William Shakespeare.

Details

  • Weirder Thou Art plays at the St. Vladimir Institute. (620 Spadina Ave.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warnings: Unsuitable for Minors, Sexual Content, Audience Participation, Mature Language.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible through a secondary route. After the building’s business hours, a staff member will need to escort you through this route, so plan to arrive early for evening shows.

Performances

  • Thursday July 6th, 08:15 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 03:30 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 05:15 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 10:15 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 01:45 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 12:00 pm
  • Sunday July 16th, 08:30 pm

Photo by Ardyth Johnson.

You Are Perfect – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

You Are PerfectExcerpt from press release:

(TORONTO — May 31, 2017) You Are Perfect is a new and uniquely original dramatic stage play that delves into the psyche of Charles Manson and his followers, a group that has both reviled and fascinated the public for nearly a half century. You Are Perfect’s Toronto Fringe run at the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace marks the first Canadian-staged production for White Horse, New York City’s 14-year-old off-Broadway theater company. The play is directed by Rhys J. McClelland, winner of a 2004 Directors Guild of Great Britain Award.

You Are Perfect takes a unique view on the Manson murders by chronicling the experience of one singular Family member: Susan Atkins. As Manson’s most ardent disciple, Atkins was implicated in at least eight coldblooded killings, including the infamous Tate/LaBianca murders. Set in Atkins’ prison cell on the eve of a key moment in the Manson murder trial, You Are Perfect is a theatrical re-imagining of her life and inner demons.

“After debuting You Are Perfect off Broadway, we strongly felt a need to share this story with audiences across the border,” explains acclaimed writer/director Cyndy A. Marion, “with people for whom these horrific events don’t hit as close to home. We’re very interested in seeing if Canadian audiences can help us better understand this tragedy.”

You Are Perfect features Lindsay Danielle Gitter (Crashlight, The Scarlet Letter) as Susan Atkins, Kristin Samuelson (A Lie of the Mind, Johnny) as The Woman, and Alexander Reid (His Girl Friday, Mindflood) as Charles Manson. “What hopefully makes this production distinctive is its highly theatrical structure,” Marion notes. “We play with time and space in a way that aims to entertain, enlighten, and surprise.”

Details

  • You Are Perfect plays at the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace. (16 Ryerson Ave.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warnings: Sexual Content, Mature Language.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible. Accessible seating is in the very front row.

Performances

  • Friday July 7th, 01:45 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 09:15 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 08:00 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 03:30 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 11:00 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 08:45 pm

Photo of Kristin Samuelson, Alexander Reed &
Lindsay Danielle Gitter by John Robert Hoffman.

Nourishment – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

NourishmentExcerpt from press release:

Toronto, ON – Nourishment is an intergenerational exploration of female relationships, how we pass down traditions from one generation to the next, as well as societal and cultural definitions of womanhood. Inspired by the many ways and places women have gathered to discuss politics, share stories, and nourish one another throughout history, we dedicate this play to the strong women we know and love – our heroes of today, yesterday, and every day.

Nourishment weaves together feminist history with the complex lives of a family of four very different women. Using a medley of stylized choreography, soundscapes, and theatricalized audio description, Nourishment is made accessible to visual and hearing impaired audiences. Incorporating creative methods that resonate with and reach a more diverse audience is a necessary and important part of our practice.

ECM Theatre is comprised of three Canadian feminist theatre-makers (Erin Maxfield, Gloria Mok, and Jessica Watkin), who share a healthy fascination with food, theatre, and activism. Inspired by French salons in the early 18th century, Nourishment began as a weekly meeting and writer’s circle to discuss current events and share ideas. Featuring a cast and creative team entirely comprised of female-identified artists, Nourishment is a collection of love letters, recipes, and protests about what it means to be a woman.

Writer and Lighting/Sound Designer Gloria Mok was the co-creator of the 2017 Next Stage Festival hit Silk Bath (NNNN). Writer and choreographer Jessica Watkin was the Blind Community Consultant on lemonTree creations and Buddies in Bad Times 2016 co-production of Body Politic (NNN). Actor Isabel Kanaan is a cast member on CBC’s Royal Canadian Air Farce 150 special, and has been praised for her roles in Hey 90s Kids, You’re Old (Winner of Toronto Fringe 2014 Patrons’ Pick) and Women at the 2016 Toronto Fringe (NNNN).

Details

  • Nourishment plays at The Theatre Centre’s Franco Boni Theatre. (1115 Queen St. W.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warnings: Sexual Content, Mature Language.
  • This venue is accessible.

Performances

  • Wednesday July 5th, 07:00 pm
  • Friday July 7th, 11:30 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 01:45 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 05:00 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 09:45 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 05:45 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 12:00 pm

Photo of Kira Renee, Catherine Wylee, Grace Thompson and Isabel Kanaan by Hashmita Alimchandani.

Pineapple Club – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

Pineapple ClubExcerpt from press release:

Robin Henderson, creator of the Best of Fringe hit Dance Animal, is thrilled to be returning to the Toronto Fringe Festival with Pineapple Club, from July 7th-16th, 2017at the Factory Theatre Mainspace. The opening performance is on Friday July 7th at 3:15pm. Then Sat July 8th at 7:30pm; Mon July 10th at 9:00pm; Tues July 11th at 1:15pm; Wed July 12th at 11:30pm; Fri July 14th at 7:30pm; Sun July 16th at 12:00pm. Media is welcome at all performances.

One part comedic dance, one part sketch, one part social commentary, Pineapple Club provides a joyful, yet dark take on the emotional fallout of 2016. Loosely anchored in the five stages of grief and borrowing from the catalogues of artists who passed in 2016, Henderson blends the diverse talents of Paul Barnes, Jonathan Shaboo and Pascale Yensen. The Pineapple Club is a blazing mash-up of comedic dance, sketch comedy, puppetry, and music.

Welcome to the Pineapple Club. Come for the comedy. Stay for the calamity.

Details

  • Pineapple Club plays at the Factory Mainspace. (125 Bathurst St.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warnings: Audience Participation, Mature Language.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible through a secondary route.

Performances

  • Friday July 7th, 03:15 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 07:30 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 09:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 01:15 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 11:30 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 07:30 pm
  • Sunday July 16th, 12:00 pm

Shirley Gnome: Taking It Up The Notch – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

Shirley GnomeFrom press release:

Shirley Gnome is making her Toronto Fringe debut with the Canadian premiere of Taking It Up The Notch.

Hailing from Vancouver and currently signed to 604 Records (Canada’s largest independent music label), this international multi-award winning cabaret comedian has wowed critics and audiences alike with her unique brand of witty, explicit, boundary-pushing satirical music. She is regularly featured on SiriusXM stations all over North America and was recently a guest performer on Dan Savage’s #1 rated podcast The Savage Lovecast.

In Taking It Up The Notch, Gnome deals with the pressure of her first record deal by attempting to develop a moral compass to guide her in making an album for troubled times. Dark humour and taboo notions about sexuality and human nature mix with beautiful vocals, gorgeous guitar stylings, and epic backing tracks.

She returns to Canada after a three-month sell-out tour of Australia and New Zealand, where she received critical acclaim for her performances of Taking It Up The Notch. She was also featured as the closing act of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s all-female comedy showcase UpFront.

Fans of Garfunkel and Oats and Tenacious D, get ready to be taken to the next level.

Details

  • Shirley Gnome: Taking It Up The Notch plays at the Factory Studio. (125 Bathurst St.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warnings: Unsuitable for Minors, Sexual Content, Realistic Violence or Gore, Nudity, Mature Language.
  • This venue is accessible.

Performances

  • Wednesday July 5th, 10:30 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 02:00 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 07:00 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 09:30 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 04:15 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 05:30 pm
  • Sunday July 16th, 02:00 pm

Photo credit: Rufio Van Hoover.

Delirium – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

DeliriumFrom press release: 

An autobiographical storytelling show about love, death, and butterflies at this year’s Toronto Fringe.

In a love story that follows the Monarch butterfly as it travels from Canada to Mexico, New York storyteller Martin Dockery explores life’s greatest mystery: its end. From a marriage proposal in the Toronto airport, to an absurdist restaurant in the desert, and from the loss of a loved one in a Brooklyn apartment, to the final stop on Earth’s most epic animal migration, Dockery searches for meaning in loss, while both falling in love and falling apart.

Delirium is Dockery’s 8th and newest storytelling show, and it was awarded Best Solo Show at the 2017 Orlando Fringe Festival. Previous shows at the Toronto Fringe include Wanderlust (2009), Bursting Into Flames (2011), and The Dark Fantastic (2014). Dockery has also written and will be performing in Moonlight After Midnight with his wife at this year Toronto Fringe in the Tarragon Theatre Mainspace.

Details

  • Delirium plays at the Tarragon Mainspace. (30 Bridgman Ave.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • This venue is barrier-free. The designated accessible seating is in the middle of the auditorium.

Performances

  • Thursday July 6th, 10:30 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 01:45 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 08:30 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 07:00 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 12:00 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 04:15 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 04:00 pm

Photo of Martin Dockery by Bill Kennedy.

Macbeth Muet – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

Macbeth MuetFrom press release:

La Fille Du Laitier, a Montreal-based theatre delivery service,
brings you their twist on a Shakespeare classic, MACBETH
MUET: an entirely textless reimagination of this bloody tale
of ambition.

This play is directed by Jon Lachlan Stewart, creator of the Nextstage 2015 hit BIG SHOT.

After winning a great battle, Macbeth is given a vision by three
witches that he will be king. Classic. Soon, his wife gets involved,
pushing the once-loyal soldier to pursue what becomes a barren
dream with a giant trail of blood behind it.

In La Fille Du Laitier‘s interpretation of Macbeth, the entire play
is set on a huge dining table, where paper plates,
candlesticks and chalices become murderers, kings and
magical witches. In a virtuosic, spartan-run of the entire play,
the stage becomes a hot mess, laden with blood, paper scraps and
eggs. Yes, eggs.

Details

  • Macbeth Muet plays at the Tarragon Mainspace. (30 Bridgman Ave.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • This venue is barrier-free. The designated accessible seating is in the middle of the auditorium.

Performances

  • Thursday July 6th, 06:30 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 07:00 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 10:30 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 01:15 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 09:45 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 02:30 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 12:30 pm

Photo of Jérémie Francoeur by Stéphanie Godin.

Traffic Jams – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

Traffic Jams

From press release:

TORONTO, ON—Resilience Theatre’s premiere production at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival introduces the world to Thalie, a recent university drop-out who is struggling with a desperate, claustrophobic need to create. Trapped in the middle of a traffic island, Thalie is working on a magnum opus sure to solve all of her problems: an indie album. As the days melt into nights and her predicament refuses to resolve, humour mixes with the profound to create an unforgettable journey. Experience entertaining anecdotes, writer’s block, and (sometimes) questionable musicianship as she tries to find her voice while writing for a genre she knows nothing about. Along the way, we slowly discover the true heart of the story: her battle with mental illness. Just a woman and her ukulele, this piece is a look into self-expression, isolation and the spaces in between.

Details

  • Traffic Jams plays at the Tarragon Extraspace. (30 Bridgman Ave.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warning: Mature Language.
  • This venue is barrier-free. Patrons who use wheelchairs or who cannot climb stairs are seated in the front row.

Performances

  • Thursday July 6th, 10:45 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 03:45 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 06:45 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 12:45 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 09:30 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 04:15 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 01:45 pm

Photo of Taryn Dougall by Daniel Velez. Art
Design by Alexandra Jones.