All posts by Allison Gerson

Review: Katherine Is Not A Communist (Epigraph Theatre)

Photo of Katherine Doering in Katherine is Not A CommunistThis site-specific one-hander, on stage in Toronto, is smart and funny but didn’t all add up

Katherine is Not a Communist is a new play written by Katherine Doering and Curtis te Brinke and produced by Epigraph Theatre. The one-woman show, featuring Doering as the title character, packs a lot into 90 minutes. There’s American history, classic Hollywood movies, and witchcraft. It’s a wild ride, but for me, the show didn’t hang together. I thought the different bits were interesting, but as a whole, the show left me confused. Continue reading Review: Katherine Is Not A Communist (Epigraph Theatre)

Review: Ever So Slightly (RUBBERBANDance Group/DanceWorks)

Photo of RUBBERBANDance Group in Ever So Slightly

Montreal-based RUBBERBANDance Group opened the 2018-19 DanceWorks Mainstage series with Ever So Slightly, choreographed by Artistic Director Victor Quijada. The performance was billed as an “avant world premiere”. And Toronto is lucky to be the first to get a sneak peak at this new work. Though it was sometimes hard to watch, Ever So Slightly was a beautiful and inventive evening of dance. Continue reading Review: Ever So Slightly (RUBBERBANDance Group/DanceWorks)

Review: Fall For Dance North

Photo of Soweto Skeleton Movers at Fall For Dance NorthFall for Dance North (FFDN) is a unique festival bringing new audiences in Toronto to dance

Fall For Dance North (FFDN) is a unique festival which aims to bring new audiences to dance. The festival features both established and emerging dance artists from Canada and around the world in several mixed programs. And the tickets are only $15! Although FFDN has been around since 2015, this was my first time attending. I’m kicking myself thinking about all the great dance I’ve missed. The festival truly has something for everyone. Even if you are not already a dance fan, it’s a low-risk way to try out a new art form Continue reading Review: Fall For Dance North

Review: Ladies Sigh No More (Daisy Productions)

A play by Toronto’s Daisy Productions puts Shakespeare’s female characters centre stage

poster of Ladies SIgh No MoreGender and women in Shakespeare are hot topics. In recent years, the Toronto area theatre scene has featured a number of Shakespeare productions with women playing men’s roles. Women have played Lear, Prospero, and Romeo to name a few. Daisy Productions’ new play, Ladies Sigh No More, on stage now at The Red Sandcastle Theatre, is a different take on the role of women in Shakespeare. Instead of playing with casting, Ladies Sigh No More imagines what would happen if seven of Shakespeare’s female characters were put together in one room. It’s a hilariously funny look at the Bard, the afterlife, and female empowerment. Continue reading Review: Ladies Sigh No More (Daisy Productions)

Review: Pygmalion (Guild Festival Theatre)

Photo of David John Phillips and Shane Carty in PygmalionGeorge Bernard Shaw classic takes to the outdoor stage in Toronto

It’s summer, and once again I am rhapsodizing about the joys of outdoor theatre in Toronto. The city truly has a wide variety of choices when it comes to experiencing theatre en plein air. The Guild Festival Theatre’s production of Pygmalion, currently being performed at Guild Park and Gardens in Scarborough, is yet another reason to grab some insect repellent and head outside for some great performances in a lovely setting. Continue reading Review: Pygmalion (Guild Festival Theatre)

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