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, 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
A Moment of Silence by Mohammad Yaghhobui is being presented by Nowadays Theatre at the Factory Theatre Mainspace as part of SummerWorks 2016. The play is a slightly surreal exploration of what it means to live and write in Iran since the revolution of 1979. Continue reading A Moment of Silence (Nowadays Theatre) 2016 SummerWorks Review
You know that strange girl you went to high-school with? The one who never talked and dressed in oversized men’s clothing? Did you ever wonder what her story was? Self-Exile, Nisha Coleman’s solo show at the Toronto Fringe Festival gives you a window into her world. Continue reading Self-Exile (Nisha Coleman) 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival
I love dance. So I was very excited to see Point of View Dance Project’s Wireless Connection at the Toronto Fringe Festival. I was not disappointed. Choreographers Kylie Thompson and Amy Adams have created a piece that comments on the need for connection in a digital world.
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Blind to Happiness by Tim C. Murphy was the third performance I have attended at the Toronto Fringe Festival. It was also the most traditional, realistic drama I have seen so far. There are no clowns or zombies. No magic.
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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
I 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
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)