Michelle Blanchard and Marissa Caldwell show lots of potential in their Toronto Festival Fringe debut Two Girls, One Corpse (Lazy Sunday Theatre). Although certain moments tested the suspension of my disbelief, the production was still a solid first-time effort.
Does Peter n’ Chris really need another rave review? Based on how long the line was to get into the first show of Peter n’ Chris Presents: Here Lies Chris at the Toronto Fringe Festival, my time would be better spent writing about how I’ve had Enya stuck in my head since yesterday evening. (Yes, that was a reference to the show.) Nonetheless, Here Lies Chris is another reason why so many are willing to pay good money to experience the continuing bromance between Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson.
I would highly recommend patrons familiarize themselves with the theatrical form of Commedia dell’arte before seeing Fool’s Gold, presented by Rosy Cheeks Co-op at the Toronto Fringe Festival. After seeing the lukewarm response of some audience members (there were a few walk-outs), this is a show that you want to enter into with some expectations.
After watching Daniel Tobias’s The Orchid and the Crow (playing at the Al Green Theatre during this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival), I have no words to offer except for some time-honoured reviewer clichés: I laughed! I cried! It was a darkly humourous tour-de-force! In all seriousness, I thoroughly enjoyed The Orchid and the Crow. It was an absolute blast, it was absolutely devastating, and, best of all, it was chock-full of great song numbers.
There is something immensely satisfying about seeing a play like Interrogation: Lives and Trials of the Kamloops Kid (playing at the Factory Theatre Mainspace as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival) on Canada Day. With a story that engages important issues like citizenship, identity, colonialism and war, Interrogation is an ambitious, thoughtful production that just needs a little more polishing.