All posts by Allison Gerson

The Honeymoon Period is Officially Over (Gemma Wilcox Productions ) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Gemma Wilcox in The Honeymoon Period is Officially Over

The Honeymoon Period is Officially Over by Gemma Wilcox Productions at the Toronto Fringe Festival is a one-woman show that seems like something much bigger. Gemma Wilcox manages to create over 20 characters, at least three intersecting story lines, and multiples settings out of nothing more than a bare stage, a low bench, and herself. It’s quite impressive and magical to watch. Continue reading The Honeymoon Period is Officially Over (Gemma Wilcox Productions ) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

The Preposterous Predicament of Polly Peel (Act 1)(The Polly Peel Collective) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

The Preposterous Predicament of Polly Peel (Act 1) by The Polly Peel Collective at the Toronto Fringe Festival has been on many “Don’t Miss at Fringe” lists. With book by Julie Tepperman and music and lyrics by Kevin Wong, this play was the winner of the Paul O’ Sullivan Prize for Musical Theatre. Well, in my opinion, it definitely delivers on the high expectations. It’s got a great story, great music, and great performances. Continue reading The Preposterous Predicament of Polly Peel (Act 1)(The Polly Peel Collective) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

The Makeover Show (Avalonstorm) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Alysa Golden and Jane Smythe in The Makeover Show

Have you ever wanted a makeover? Someone to help you change your look and your life? After watching The Makeover Show produced by Avalonstorm and playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival,  you might think twice about it. The play is a funny and moving look at one woman’s real-life appearance on a reality TV makeover show and the challenges and power of such an experience. Continue reading The Makeover Show (Avalonstorm) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

St. Peon of the People (Theatre a Go-Go) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Poster Image for St. Peon of the People

I love walking around downtown Toronto on hot summer nights, and I really like site-specific theatre. So I was very interested in St. Peon of the People produced by Theatre A Go Go playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival. Rather than sitting in a dark room, the audience for the play follows Parking Enforcement Officer Rita Nelson (Jamillah Ross) on a stroll around Queen Street West. Continue reading St. Peon of the People (Theatre a Go-Go) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Review: Burning Doors (Belarus Free Theatre/Luminato)

Maria Alyokhina in Burning DoorsBurning Doors is a difficult but deeply relevant play, now on the Toronto stage

Burning Doors, performed by Belarus Free Theatre, and currently being presented as part of the 2018 Luminato Festival is not an easy play to watch. In fact, if I had to describe it in one word, I would choose “painful.” It covers painful subject matter, and the performers must be in physical pain for large parts of the evening. But in spite the pain I felt watching it, I think it was an important play to see. Burning Doors highlights the power of art as political resistance. At a time when there seems to be an unending list of things to protest, it shines a bright, harsh light on both the risks and the necessity of doing so. Continue reading Review: Burning Doors (Belarus Free Theatre/Luminato)

Review: Swan Lake/Loch na hEala (Luminato/Teac Damsa)

“Dark and raw” dance and storytelling piece takes to the Toronto stage

Although billed as a contemporary adaptation of one of the most famous ballets, Swan Lake/Loch na hEala, performed by the Irish company Teac Damsa as part of the 2018 Luminato Festival, is a far cry from that classic. There are no tutus, no Tchaikovsky score, no pointe shoes. Instead, we are given a powerful fusion of dance, Irish folk music, and storytelling which takes Swan Lake as its inspiration but reimagines it as a modern tale of depression, sexual violence, and, ultimately, redemption. It’s a powerful piece of theatre. Continue reading Review: Swan Lake/Loch na hEala (Luminato/Teac Damsa)

Review: The 6th Degree (The Lighthouse Troupe)

Interactive murder mystery now on at the Campbell House Museum in Toronto

The 6th Degree, currently being presented by The Lighthouse Troupe at the Campbell House Museum, is not your traditional evening of theatre. There’s no stage, there’s no curtain, and there is no real audience. It’s an interactive murder mystery where the audience members are the detectives. My companion and I had never participated in anything like it before and, all in all, we had a lot of fun. Continue reading Review: The 6th Degree (The Lighthouse Troupe)

Review: Elvis & The Man in Black (Citadel + Compagnie)

Toronto’s Citadel + Compagnie presents a dance program inspired by Elvis and Johnny Cash

You might think that a show entitled Elvis & The Man in Black was a music concert. But it’s not. It’s actually an evening of dance currently being performed by Citadel + Compagnie. The two pieces shown are each inspired by and set to the music of a legend of 20th century American music – Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Continue reading Review: Elvis & The Man in Black (Citadel + Compagnie)