All posts by Allison Gerson

Nize It (Inferno Productions) 2016 SummerWorks Review

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There is only one performance left of Nize It by Inferno Productions at the 2016 SummerWorks Festival. You don’t want to miss it. Nize It was created and is performed by students from Dante Alighieri Academy in Toronto. They offer a fast-paced, moving, and often very funny take on the difficult challenges many Black teenagers face in today’s world. Continue reading Nize It (Inferno Productions) 2016 SummerWorks Review

eatingthegame (Hong Kong Exile) 2016 SummerWorks Review

eatingthegame 1eatingthegame, presented by Hong Kong Exile and currently playing at SummerWorks 2016, makes fun of everything from Chinese investment in Toronto real estate, to diversity in the arts community, and identity politics. It is billed as a “motivational keynote speech.” When I read that description, I didn’t really know what it meant. I’m still not sure what any of it meant. Continue reading eatingthegame (Hong Kong Exile) 2016 SummerWorks Review

Life List (Acky-Made) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

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When I picked up my ticket for Alex Eddington’s Life List at the Toronto Fringe Festival from the tent outside of the Randolph Theatre, I wasn’t sure what to expect. All I knew was that it had something to do with birdwatching. From there I was directed to continue walking past Markham Street and look for the rest of the group. A few metres later, I met up with Alex and the other participants who had already gathered. Continue reading Life List (Acky-Made) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

Absolute Magic (Keith Brown) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Keith Brown with audience memberI was a little nervous before attending my first ever Toronto Fringe Festival performance. But I should not have worried. Even though I went to the show alone, Keith Brown’s engaging Lil Theatre Co production, Absolute Magic, at the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival felt like being at great party with good friends. I found myself laughing and smiling the whole time. Continue reading Absolute Magic (Keith Brown) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

Review: A Rose Upon the Blood (Flush Ink Productions)

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Rose Upon The Blood is an Enthralling, Affecting Play

The 1916 Easter Rising was a violent episode in Ireland’s history which saw the deaths of almost 500 people, half of them civilians. Through a mixture of live music and powerful acting, Flush Ink Productions A Rose Upon the Blood by Paddy Gillard-Bentley evokes the passion, struggle, and loss of that time. Continue reading Review: A Rose Upon the Blood (Flush Ink Productions)