Life Games: Toronto 2010 Fringe Preview

Life Games produced by Ten Toes

In presentation with the Toronto Fringe Festival

The George Ignatieff Theatre located at 15 Devonshire Place

The premiere work of Ten Toes Dance Company, Life Games, is a witty, light hearted exploration of the trials and tribulations of life through innovative new dance. The work is collaboratively created by a trio of York University dance students and alumna including Hannah Greyson-Gaito, Emma Letki, and Julie McLachlan. Combining dance and theatre Ten Toes has created an easily accessible dance theatre performance, touching on subjects that everyone of can relate to – childhood, adolescence, and the multi layers adulthood.

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Dead Cat Bounce (Watercourse Theatre) 2010 Toronto Fringe Rieview

By Sam Mooney

dead cat bounce Dead Cat Bounce is a love story – boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl. And does it with the help of ‘The Mayor’ the homeless man who owns the corner. Boy is a stock trader and girl is a blues singer.

The corner in question is Bellevue and Nassau in Kensington Market. Outside Kos Restaurant – which is the venue. The audience sits on the patio at Kos and eats and drinks while the play takes place on the patio and on the sidewalk.

It’s a great venue. Life goes on and people do their thing Nassau. There was a vigorous frisbee game going on for most of the show and a few times one of the players came to the rail to add his two cents to the action.

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Killing Game (www.randolphacademy.com & www.redhanded.ca) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By George Perry

Killing Time

Killing Game is currently playing at The Annex Theatre as part of Fringe Toronto. There’s a lot of things to like about this play. The cast includes more than 20 people, all of them very talented. Choreography is so good that it is hard to believe at times. Costumes and makeup are also sensational.

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Underbelly Diaries REDUX (APB productions) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Sam Mooney

underbelly Underbelly Diaries REDUX is very very funny. And crude, rude and lewd. Pay attention to the Parental Advisory. Don’t go with your parents. And go the the washroom before the show.

Aaron Berg has had an interesting life and he tells us all about it in Underbelly Diaries.

There isn’t much I can say about a stand-up routine without describing the bits which would actually make it not funny.

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The Whores (FishStick Productions) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Sam Mooney

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The Whores is a wonderful play. Not easy, a bit harrowing, but well worth seeing. The talented cast – Clare Blackwood, Hayley Fisher, Sarah Illiatovitch- Goldman, Jennifer Kenneally, Joanne Williams – is terrific.

The play is based on interviews with Halifax area prostitutes done by the playwright Charles Crosby when he was a journalism student 13 years ago. The interviews stayed with him and became The Whores.

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Air Conditioned Venues – 2010 Toronto Fringe

By Sam Mooney

Beat the heat – see a Fringe show in air-conditioned comfort!

There are lots of ways to choose which Fringe shows to see. This week why not go to shows in air-conditioned venues?

You can download the Fringe program, look for the venue and see what’s playing. I went to 2 shows at the George Ignatieff Theatre today. Stayed cool.

Keep reading for a list of all the air-conditioned venues.

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Mal (Crowning Monkey) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Sam Mooney

mal_phixr One of the things I really enjoy about Fringe is that it gives me an opportunity to see shows that are outside my comfort zone. I really don’t like clowns. Mal (Rachelle Elie) is a clown.

Through the first ten minutes of the show I was thinking that I had made a mistake in coming and that it was going to be a long hour. Then Mal started to sneak up on me, I started enjoying the show. By the end I was really glad that I had come.

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Dinosaur Ego (Bugs In Amber) – 2010 Fringe Festival Toronto

By Adam Collier

A company called Bugs In Amber is mounting a play at St. George’s Auditorium as part of Fringe. The title of the play is Dinosaur Ego. St. George’s Auditorium is a regal space (a banner on one wall reads “Manners Maketh Men”). And – blissfully – has air-conditioning.

Dinosaur Ego begins with a young couple having sex. The guy says, “I love you” as he climaxes, and a few post-coital moments later the girl dumps him.

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