Review: Orlando (Soulpepper)

Photo of Sarah Afful and Maeve BeattySoulpepper’s adaptation of classic novel, now on the Toronto stage, is “appealing all around”

The stage of the Michael Young Theatre is set as you walk in for Soulpepper‘s Orlando. It feels like we’re in the foyer of a Parisian castle. Then cast member John Jarvis sets down a white chair and announces the beginning of the Elizabethan age.

What follows is a playful romp through the pages of Virginia Woolf’s classic book, Orlando. A fantastical tale about a starry-eyed boy-poet who wakes up one day as a woman, Soulpepper’s stage rendition of Virginia Woolf’s classic novel is wildly charming, full of passion, play and wit.

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Playlistings in Toronto for the week of July 16th

Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of July 16th, 2018

Toronto live theatre for the week of July 16th, 2018. Welcome back to regular post-Fringe coverage! We hope you’re well-rested and ready for more live theatre! If you need some help deciding what to see this wee, our Assistant Editor Jess is on hand with a few of her top picks in red. Check them out below the cut:

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What Makes an MoT Fringe Rave (includes a list of all Rave Reviews)

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How come Mooney on Theatre doesn’t have a star rating system? What the heck is a Rave Review? What makes a show a Rave anyway?

People have been asking, we’ve been answering individually, but it’s time for a big group answer.

There’s also a big list of all our Rave Reviews down a the bottom in case you’ve been looking for something like that.

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Daily Picks from our Raves at the Toronto Fringe 2018 (July 12th)

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Only a few days left of the Toronto Fringe Festival! As the days dwindle, we still have some raves of fabulous shows left to highlight from our extensive list of reviews of every show in the festival. Which shows are you going to prioritize in the next few days? Hopefully we can help, as today’s rave feature Canadian fairy tales, intergalactic hippos, and spirit-rapping!

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Daily Picks from our Raves at the Toronto Fringe 2018 (July 11th)

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By the time we get into the second week of the Toronto Fringe Festival I’m always stunned by how fast time moves. By the time you are reading this most shows will only have two or three performances left. How can that even be?!?

Well, to help you decide what to see, every day we’re featuring three of our rave reviews from our long list of the reviews of each show. And today is no different. Keep reading to see what we have picked out for you today.

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Mooney on Theatre Recommends – 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival (Part 1)

This past weekend Mooney on Theatre sent its dedicated team of 30 writers and editors to cover every single show in this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival! With the sheer number of options available at the festival, picking the ones you want to see can be a daunting task.

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by the number of shows and you’re looking for a place to start, we’ve asked our staff to tell us about their favourite shows they’ve seen at this year’s festival. We hope our staff picks can help you navigate the Fringe.

If you’ve seen something you think is amazing that you think others should go see please let us know by leaving a comment.

And don’t forget to check out our complete list of Fringe reviews, and our Fringe Buzz features, including our new daily summary of Rave Reviews!

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Daily Picks from our Raves at the Toronto Fringe 2018 (July 10th)

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We’re heading into the final stretch for the Toronto Fringe Festival with only 6 more days left to see as many shows as you can. What have you seen already and what are you still curious to see? Have our reviews inspired any of your decisions on what to check out? Do you agree with our reviews? Leave a comment if you have your own opinions about the shows you’ve seen.

If you’re still debating on your next pick, let us help guide you with a few more daily rave highlights.

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Daily Picks from our Raves at the Toronto Fringe 2018 (July 9th)

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Happy Monday! Though for many, it’s the beginning of the work week and therefore more like the Monday Blahs, the upside is that the Toronto Fringe Festival is in full swing. Here at Mooney on Theatre, we once again have committed ourselves to reviewing every show in the Fringe by the end of the first weekend and we have delivered! See our master list for all our reviews and get inspired on what to see next. To get you started, we’ve pulled a few more of our raves for you today.

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Shit I’m In Love With You Again (Crowning Monkey) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

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Shit I’m In Love With You Again is Rachelle Elie’s autobiographical one-woman show presented by Crowning Monkey for the Toronto Fringe Festival. This bawdy musical takes the audience on a tour of teenage lust, family drama and therapy.

Taking a seat, my 80s childhood came flooding back to me as I was greeted by The Bangles’ Eternal Flame. Before me, was a stage decked out in pink and purple outfits and a sequinned backdrop. I knew I was in good, campy, capable hands.

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