Review: Tartuffe (Scarborough Theatre Guild)

Tartuffe is a funny 17th century comedy, on stage at Scarborough Village Theatre

Showing at the Scarborough Village Theatre, Tartuffe is a playful 17th century story from Moliere that is colourfully staged and wonderfully performed. My guest, who knew the play as a student growing up in France, thought the English translation effectively captured the essence of the comedy. We were amused by the charade played by Tartuffe, the seemingly religious man who is far from pious. Attention, appearances can be deceiving!

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Review: Hard Core Logo: Live (BFL Theatre)

Hard Core Logo is “a great night of music and theatre” on the Toronto stage

Hard Core Logo has always held a special place in my cultural history; not only was the film by Bruce McDonald my introduction to Canadian film, it was also my introduction to the world of Punk. The names Joe Dick and Billy Tallent are icons in my cultural pantheon and songs like “Who the Hell Do You Think You Are” and “Something’s Gonna Die Tonight” fed my teenaged rebellion, something my previous musical interests (namely Celtic Folk and George Thorogood) didn’t exactly support.

It wasn’t the easiest revelation for me when I realized Hard Core Logo was a fictional band, specifically because it meant I would never get to see them live and scream those songs right back at the band while slam dancing. Thankfully BFL Theatre, working within their mandate to produce socially aware theatre, have brought a close approximation of my childhood dream to reality with their staging of Hard Core Logo: Live to the Dance Cave.

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Preview: Hard Core Logo Live (BFL Theatre)

BFL Theatre has brought Hard Core Logo to life with a staging of Hard Core Logo Live, a blending of stage performance and live music that showcases both the trials and tribulations of a fictional punk band’s reunion tour and their music. Running at the Dance Cave until March 26th, the show aims to blend the original 1993 book and Bruce McDonald’s 1996 mockumentary film into a cohesive, definitive production.

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Playlistings in Toronto for the week of March 13th

Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of March 13th, 2017

It’s going to be a great week on Toronto stages, folks! From classic musicals to family-friendly ice fare, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this week! To help you in your decision-making is our assistant editor Jess, highlighting her most anticipated shows in red text. Check them out below the cut:

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Review: Blood Weddings (Modern Times Stage Company and Aluna Theatre)

Photo of the cast of Blood WeddingsFantastical drama, Blood Weddings, plays on the Toronto stage

Blood Weddings, a joint production from Modern Times Stage Company and Aluna Theatre, now onstage at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, traces the bloody family history of several Spanish families involved in a love triangle. With the help of solid acting and an evocative set, this poetic play eventually won me over. Continue reading Review: Blood Weddings (Modern Times Stage Company and Aluna Theatre)

Review: The Millennial Malcontent (Tarragon Theatre)

Photo of Frank Cox-O'Connor in The Millennial MalcontentThe Millennial Malcontent plays on the Tarragon stage in Toronto

What do you get when an apathetic woman, a vainglorious, misogynistic and self-absorbed youtuber, and a performance studies academic go out on Nuit Blanche? Shenanigans ensue in Tarragon Theatre’s The Millennial Malcontent playing at the Tarragon Theatre Mainspace.

A raunchy, contemporary, Restoration style play, The Millennial Malcontent tries to unpack (and fails to understand) ‘millennial culture’ while still managing to be a laugh-out-loud night at the theatre.

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The Flirty Boys and Carson Pinch Will Die (2017 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival Double Bill)

Photo of The Flirty Boys provided by Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival.The Flirty Boys and Carson Pinch Will Die take to the stage at the Toronto Sketchfest!

My second night at Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival was spent catching the double bill of The Flirty Boys and Carson Pinch Will Die at The Theatre Centre. The comedy on offer tonight was just as intriguing as what I saw the night before and I would highly recommend checking out the rest of the festival this weekend with friends or dates!

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Review: Proof (Theatre UnBlocked)

Proof exceeds expectations, on stage at the Red Sandcastle in Toronto

It seems my thing recently is seeing Pulitzer Prize winning plays at the Red Sandcastle Theatre. I figure the Pulitzer means they play itself will likely be pretty good, and I always love the intimacy of that Queen East venue. So it was with high expectations that I took in Theatre UnBlocked’s production of David Auburn’s Proof.

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Review: Feathers of Fire (Fictionville Studio/Banu Productions)

Image from Feathers of FireFeathers of Fire is an epic, beautiful spectacle, on stage in Toronto as part of the Nowruz Festival

When I came across the trailer for Feathers of Fire, on stage now at The Toronto Centre for the Arts, I decided immediately — without even checking my calendar — that I simply HAD to see it. True to its name, it did indeed look EPIC.

Going into a show with impossibly high expectations can be a recipe for disappointment. Despite the long trek with a bad knee, after a long day and a freezing cold night, I’m pleased to say that Feathers of Fire not only met, but far exceeded my expectations.

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