Review: Mînowin (DanceWorks)

Themes of imbalance and renewal characterize Dancers of Damelahamid’s Mînowin

Dancers of Damelahamid’s new work, Mînowin, is a mesmerizing session of song and dance about reconnecting with ancestral Indigenous knowledge, easing the struggles of Indigenous people, and exploring how progress is a continuous process of imbalance and renewal. Staged in the cozy Harbourfront Centre Theatre, this DanceWorks production flirts with epic themes in the most intimate of spaces.

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Playlistings for the Week of October 21, 2019

Shows that Caught Our Eye in Toronto for the Week of October 21, 2019

It finally feels like it’s the nose-tingling fall season, and my kids are SUPER EXCITED for Hallowe’en. Both of those things mean that we are definitely knee-deep in the crunchy leaf-pile of Toronto Fall Theatre season. Check out what has caught our eye from the new and fresh works that have fallen this week. Or, go see one of the several shows that previously caught our eye that have had their runs extended. Either way, put on a warm sweater and head out to rake up some amazing theatre this week. It’s Megan’s turn this week to turn a few of our listings red to highlight what has caught her attention in theatre this week.

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Review: Minorities (Canadian Stage)

minorities is an incredible and thought-provoking work

Unapologetically bold and powerfully provocative minorities makes its Canadian debut at Canadian Stage’s Berkeley Street Theatre. Choreographer Yang Zhen questions the personal disconnect of social identity within the new generation of ethnic minorities in China through dance, theatre, and vocals.

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Review: Horseface (Alex Dallas)

Taking on the patriarchy one joke at a time, comedian Alex Dallas hits all the right notes

Horseface is a wickedly funny one-woman show by Alex Dallas playing at Red Sandcastle Theatre. It responds to the #metoo era but also goes beyond it. It is an irreverently black comedic take on one woman’s life from the 70s until now.

Although Dallas’ story is a personal one, every woman can relate to her experiences. Being objectified or receiving unwanted male attention or having to squeeze in next to a manspreader on the train are pretty universal experiences for women.

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Review: Almighty Voice and His Wife (Soulpepper)

Picture of James Dallas Smith and Michaela Washburn in Almighty Voice and His Wife

Moses’s classic play is ‘astonishingly impactful and heartbreakingly important’

Daniel David Moses’s classic play Almighty Voice and His Wife comes to Soulpepper, playing at The Young Centre for Performing Arts. Almighty Voice (or Kitchi-manito-waya, meaning “Voice of the Great Spirit”) was a Cree warrior, born around 1875 on the One Arrow Reserve in Saskatchewan. Arrested for shooting a cow, Almighty Voice escaped jail in fear of being hung. Continue reading Review: Almighty Voice and His Wife (Soulpepper)