Angel City, part of Toronto’s Playwright Project, uses theatre to criticize the Hollywood movie scene
The Playwright Project, first initiated just last year in 2012, as The Tennessee Project, highlights a prolific playwright by featuring a variety of his or her one act plays. Within seven nights, seven theatre companies perform in seven diverse communities across Toronto. It’s a brilliant concept, making neighbourhoods more acquainted with a prominent playwright, while being affordable and accessible at the same time.
Now in its second year, The Playwright Project presents one act plays by the 20th century American playwright, actor and director, Sam Shepard. His plays tend to be rather unconventional, characterized by non-linear storytelling, existential and surrealist in nature. Angel City, directed by Alec Toller very much embodies Shepard’s formula.
Continue reading Review: Angel City (Alec Toller/Circlesnake/The Playwright Project)
Breathtaking contemporary dance from Montreal at Toronto’s Danceworks
It was a transformative evening at the opening of renowned Montreal’s Compagnie Flak’s premiere of Villanelle and S. Once again, Danceworks, Toronto’s contemporary dance series showcases a masterpiece at the Fleck Dance theatre.
Compagnie Flak’s simple dance piece is sleek, pristine and utterly breathtaking. A dichotomy of movement, Villanelle and S combine grace and power with the beloved works of Antonio Vivaldi’s musical score. Continue reading Review: Villanelle and S (Compagnie Flak)
Soulpepper Theatre Company breathes bold and engaging life into their production of La Ronde in Toronto
My experience at this evening’s opening of La Ronde by Soulpepper at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts Theatre in Toronto`s Distillery Historic District definitely challenged any preconceived notions I had of Soulpepper’s usual mainstream productions. It is raw, provocative, shocking, stimulating and maybe at times, even jaw- dropping. Although there is no lack of sexual exposure in today’s world, seeing such content live, up- close and personal, is still surprising, which is what I’m sure was intended. Continue reading Review: La Ronde (Soulpepper Theatre Company)
Harbourfront Centre in Toronto plays host to a dance production full of fervour and playfulness
I don’t even know where to begin with this piece. I’m always impressed with the Harbourfront Centre World Stage series, but I have to say the productions are getting more innovative with each passing year.
Last night’s production of Sem Mim & Ímã performed at the Fleck dance theatre at the Harbourfront Centre is in a category of its own! Travelling all the way from Brazil, Grupo Corpo, translated to “Body Group” in English, is a phenomenal world-renowned company founded in 1975 by a clearly creative genius, Paulo Pederneiras. Continue reading Review: Sem Mim & Ímã (Grupo Corpo/Harbourfront Centre World Stage)
Get up close and intimate with two Toronto actors in a candid Q&A on stage at the Winchester Kitchen
I went into this show not really knowing what to expect, given the title and all. Moreover, the show had labelled itself, “part panel discussion, part scripted performance”. I love improvisation and find an actor’s ability to candidly respond to the unexpected, amusing and impressive. Apparently, the actors and I were in the same boat!
This type of alternative and original theatre is quite common for The Cheshire Unicorn Theatre Company, which prides itself on producing theatre that is out of the ordinary. It is exactly the strong and brilliant concept of Actors! Canadian Actors Up Close and Personal that gives this company its edge. Continue reading Review: Actors! Canadian Actors Up Close and Personal (The Cheshire Unicorn Theatre Co.)
Kristen Thomson’s deftly written script brings depth to the Toronto theatre scene in Someone Else
Someone Else, presented by Crow’s Theatre in association with Canadian Stage, investigates the deteriorating relationship between a married couple with raw truth and shows how the past can often lead to self-destruction. With an extraordinary cast of actors, astute and detailed direction, and a uniquely written and layered script, Someone Else, is a theatrical feat that reminds us of the strength and value of theatre.
Written by the remarkably talented Kristen Thomson, Someone Else, develops characters of great depth. Her narrative approach is raw and honest making the story’s plot undeniably real and unpredictable. In this piece, Thomson fearlessly goes where most do not dare to go. Continue reading Review: Someone Else (Crow’s Theatre)
The timeless musical theatre classic Fiddler on the Roof is brought back to life at the Toronto Center for the Arts
Encore’s recent production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Toronto Center For the Arts brings community theatre to a whole new level! High calibre performances coupled with dynamic choreography and direction, this timeless piece once again leaves the audience wanting more. Continue reading Review: Fiddler on the Roof (Encore Entertainment)
Experience traditional Kathak dance at the Studio Theatre in Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.
This year’s Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps series started off with quite an original piece. Now in its 5th year, Rina Singha Kathak Dance Organization presents Kathak Mahotsav Canada at the Studio Theatre in Harbourfront Centre.
The festival is a four day event which includes performances by prominent Canadian and international Kathak artists. A pioneer of Kathak dance in Canada, and the driving force in keeping this ancient dance alive is renowned Rina Singha. Small in stature, but strong in presence, this Friday evening performance began with an endearing warm welcome from Rina Singha herself. Continue reading Review: Kathak Mahotsav Canada (Rina Singha Kathak Dance Organization)
One word to describe Tony Ho’s Sad People is original. Produced by The Fauxhemian Collective, this show is made up of actors, writers, filmmakers, comedians, musicians, and dancers. Each night features different guest artists who accompany four actors spearheading this project at the Robert Gill theatre at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival.
Bringing me back to the early days of Saturday Night Live, when comedy sketch was truly far more raw and improvised, Tony Ho’s Sad People definitely pushes boundaries, making this an outrageously memorable Fringe experience. Continue reading Tony Ho’s Sad People (Fauxhemian Productions) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review
Poetic and lyrical, The Canary Wallpaper & Underwood presented by Ink on Paper combines striking choreography accompanied by compelling musical scores and a powerful narrative. Sure to be one of this year’s most unique pieces at the Toronto Fringe Festival, The Canary Wallpaper & Underwood is hauntingly enticing. Continue reading The Canary Wallpaper & Underwood (Ink on Paper) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review