This striking performance blends poetry, music and movement, on stage in Toronto
I’ve never seen an audience rise to their feet as fast as they did for Soulpepper Theatre‘s production of for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf. As resonate now as it was in 1976, Director Djanet Sears and an exceptionally talented cast does a commendable job bringing this iconic and important production to the Toronto stage.
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Two Birds One Stone explores the personal and the political on the Toronto stage
“It’s complicated” is a phrase often heard throughout the play Two Birds One Stone, currently playing as a part of the RISER Project program at The Theatre Centre, whenever co-creator/performer Natasha Greenblatt is asked to comment on the contentious relationship between Israel and Palestine. While the situation is indeed “complicated,” this nebulous term is often used to discourage or deter much-needed investigation and analysis. Fortunately, Greenblatt and Palestinian co-creator/performer Rimah Jabr do not shy away from any complexity in their account of what it means to search for identity on conflicted and occupied territories.
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Anusree Roy’s play takes on the taboo of mental illness in Toronto’s South Asian community
Currently playing at the Factory Mainspace, Little Pretty and The Exceptional is the latest installment of Factory Theatre’s generally brilliant Beyond the Great White North season. While the production has some seriously good moments, it is still one of the weaker shows I’ve seen this season.
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Ngozi Paul delights Toronto audiences as writer and performer in The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely
I was not in the greatest mood when I arrived at Streetcar Crowsnest to watch The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely. It was raining hard, I was tired from the week, and my guest had just canceled at the last minute.
Fortunately, all this quickly left my mind as I proceeded to watch one of the best shows I have seen all season. In fact, I am still trying to process the immensity of what I saw on stage that night. Continue reading The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely (The Crow’s Theatre)
The Orange Dot lands on the Toronto stage with provocative but mixed messages
The Orange Dot, as presented by Theatrefront at the new Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre, is a nuanced, intelligent look at gender relations in the 21st century… until it was not. The production held me and my companion captive until it erupted into an ending that tried to bite off more than it could chew. Continue reading Review: The Orange Dot (Theatrefront)
The Flirty Boys and Carson Pinch Will Die take to the stage at the Toronto Sketchfest!
My second night at Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival was spent catching the double bill of The Flirty Boys and Carson Pinch Will Die at The Theatre Centre. The comedy on offer tonight was just as intriguing as what I saw the night before and I would highly recommend checking out the rest of the festival this weekend with friends or dates!
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The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival continues until Sunday and tonight I was able to catch a double bill of The Hottest Girl in School and Fusion Comedy. It showed the variety of offerings that can be found in the festival. Although the material in both shows were vastly different in content, it was still a thoroughly enjoyable double bill overall.
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John & Waleed Bridge Worlds and Harmonies at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille
I walked into to John & Waleed, now playing at the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace, expecting an afternoon of pleasant tunes from the eponymous creators/performers John Millard and Waleed Abdulhamid, but I was worried that this show featuring “harmonies” created out of “dissonant upbringings” would be too easy on our increasingly troubled times.
Fortunately John & Waleed proved me wrong by subtly provoking complicated questions on identity and history rather than placating them.
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