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[republic] of rhetoric (point-blank) Review 2012 Toronto Fringe Festival

(repbublic) of rhetoric is a fiercely politcal play by point-blank at the Toronto Fringe Festival. It shows the connections between unrelated events in an increasingly dangerous and confusing world. The story is told through monologues, news clips (real and fake), dialogue and underscoring music.

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MUSICAL PAWNS (Lost Music Productions) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

MUSICAL PAWNS utilizes choral singing, scenes and dance to bring the story of the obscure compose, David Nowakowsky to life. It was created by Lost Music Productions and has come to the Toronto Fringe festival after being given the Audience Choice Award at the FRIGID New York Theater Festival.

The story opens with a descendant of the composers speaking to a university dean about the location of the irreplaceable, one-of-a-kind original sheet music of Nowakowsky. The sheet music is discovered to be missing and the story of how it came to the university in the first place unfolds.

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Review: The Monstrous Ball – Buddies in Bad Times

As part of Pride Week I took in The Monstrous Ball at Buddies in Bad Times with my friend Theresa. The event is not a play exactly but it is a decent attempt at a Warhol party. The aesthetic theme of the evening was Lady Gaga but this was not apparent when entering the space.

The Buddies in Bad Times main-space provided enough room for the various performances of the evening and to give the audience room to dance but it failed to immediately set out the Gaga vibe. When we arrived it felt more like any other dance club on a quiet night.

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