The Waves… first tide (Harley Dog Productions)

By George Perry

The Waves prologueIf you’ve had a rough day at work, you’re tired and your stomach is a little upset. If you’ve also had enough of the recent weather, then I know the cure for what ails you. You need a prescription written by Viginia Woolf to see her play The Waves… first tide. Take the prescription to Factory Theatre Mainspace at Adelaide and Spadina. Have it filled by Harley Dog Productions.

You’ll need to arrive early for this play for two reasons. First, the play will sell out. You need to get your tickets early. Second, there is the McAuslan Beer Patio to be enjoyed. It’s a nice little garden and a great place to relax and forget about the 9-5 working world. 

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The Plank (Femmes du Feu) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Sam Mooney

The Plank The Plank is an aerial dance show. My daughter saw Femmes du Feu perform last year and told me to go and see The Plank. I have to admit that she told me about aerial dance so I had some idea what to expect – and am glad I went.

Some of their dancing is on the stage but most of it is above the stage on ropes, a moon, an anchor and a brass pole. Some of the rope dancing made me think of human macramé. And it looked like fun. One warning – don’t try this at home!

There were a couple of times during the show when Holly Treddenick and Sabrina Pringle (the Femmes du Feu) swing back and forth out over the audience. It looks as if they just miss the people in the front row.

I went with a friend who said how nice it was to see something that you just have to watch, no dialogue to follow, you can just pay attention to the movement.

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Giving Into Light (dancingstorysinger) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Adam Collier

A company that goes by the name dancingstorysinger is producing Giving Into Light. A part of Fringe at the Tarragon Extra Space.

While waiting to enter the venue I asked another patron what he had heard about the show. He hesitated for a moment. Then he said, “Alison is a very funny storyteller” referring to its solo performer (Alison Wearing).

A tequila bottle and a affable-looking skeleton are amongst a few objects on the floor of the playing space.

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Spider Baby the Musical (AFS entertainment) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Dorianne Emmerton

If you love Rocky Horror, go see Spider Baby the Musical. I happen to love Rocky Horror – and Evil Dead movies and Elvira and all sorts of horror-flavoured kitsch – so I very much enjoyed Spider Baby.

If you didn’t know what you were in for before sitting down in the audience you knew it as soon as the lights came up. The first thing you see is the four female cast members dressed in slinky black slips vamping their way through the opening number. They are sexy and scary in that camp sort of way. Continue reading Spider Baby the Musical (AFS entertainment) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

[sic] (Theatre Best/Before from Toronto) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

I had originally been scheduled to see [sic] Monday night, but unfortunately did not make it due to being trapped in the subway during one of the rolling blackouts. It is a shame I didn’t get to see it sooner so I could have recommended it before now, as it only has one show left. I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone though: if you’re attached to realism in any way, this is not the show for you.

(Sic) is an absurdist comedy. It is noisy and fast-paced and often nonsensical. I happen to love this sort of theatre, but many do not. Continue reading [sic] (Theatre Best/Before from Toronto) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

Just the Ticket (JR Entertainment) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Ryan Kerr

The Annex Theatre’s wood-paneled walls and symmetrical wooden staircases provided an excellent backdrop for Just the Ticket – an 80’s era comedy about a young barfly’s love of Billy Joel and his attempts to snag tickets to “the concert of the century”. If you know Billy Joel’s work inside and out, you may appreciate Just the Ticket even more, but I needed no prior knowledge to laugh out loud (lol) repeatedly at the wonderful performances and clever writing.

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Dating In A Disposable World (Zee Cre8tive) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Adam Collier

Dating In A Disposable World is running at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse as part of Fringe. A company called Zee Cre8tive is producing the show.

Production notes frame the one-woman performance as cabaret – consisting of singing, dancing, and comic acts. So my expectation was that Dating In A Disposable World might be a light (maybe even flighty) take on its title.

Dating In A Disposable World has far more texture and depth than its billing as a cabaret suggests.

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Dance Animal (Dance Animal) – 2010 Toronto Fringe 2010

By Adam Collier

A company called Dance Animal is producing a show at the George Ignatieff Theatre. Its title shares the company name. And it goes-up as part of Fringe.

Not only was the audience huge – Dance Animal has had strong word of mouth – it was one of the most age diverse and gender equal (many shows seem to have slightly more women than men) crowds I have been in while attending Fringe.

The electronica classic “I Like To Move It” blasts and the nine-member ensemble takes the stage.

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A Freudian Slip of the Jung – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Winston Soon

Tight, witty and expertly realized, you’ll be hard pressed to find a show of greater professional caliber in this year’s fringe then A Freudian Slip of the Jung. As a psychology undergrad in a former life, I was impressed by both the
intelligence AND the accessibility of the material.

Ok, so it won’t change your life, but this silly – almost farcical – slick comedy is a good time for beginning to end. The writing is funny and playful without falling prey to too many Freudian jokes – and when they do it, they do it very well.

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