All posts by Angela Sun

Angela Sun is a Toronto-based fat East Asian performer, theatre creator, poet, and writer. She is currently a member of the environmental theatre company, Broadleaf Theatre. In her spare time she enjoys reading and writing about art, feminism, pop culture, identity, body image, mental health, and social justice. Ironically, she fell in love with Canadian theatre after seeing a televised production of Kristen Thomson’s I, Claudia on CBC. (She finally saw the remount on stage 5 years later and was over the moon.) You can follow her exploits on her sporadically-updated Twitter @21sungelas.

Review: Blood Wedding (Soulpepper)

Hailey Gillis, Diane D'Aquila, and Caroline Gillis by Cylla von TiedemannSoulpepper’s Blood Wedding is a visually engaging mixed bag, now on stage in Toronto

Soulpepper Theatre plays with cool genres in their interpretation of the first play in Fredrico Garcia Lorca’s popular Rural Trilogy, Blood Wedding. But while the production demonstrates some interesting ideas, there was a certain je ne sais quoi missing that prevents it from being exceptional.

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Review: Gertrude and Alice (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre/ Independent Aunties Productions)

Evalyn Parry and Anna Chatterton by Jeremy Mimnagh (3)An intelligently written portrait of Gertrude Stein & Alice Toklas at Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times

The story of Gertrude and Alice, currently playing at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, is one that has been told before: how a literary trailblazer (Gertrude Stein) owed much of their work to the life-long care, support, and inspiration provided by their wife (Alice B. Toklas). However, this version of the story is anything but boring thanks to the extraordinary performances and the intelligent writing of Anna Chatterton and Evalyn Parry.

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Review: This Is That (Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival)

Photo of Peter Oldring and Pat Kelly in This Is That at the Toronto Sketch Comedy FestivalThis Is That pokes fun at Canadian radio with fun and familiarity, now playing in Toronto

What do you think of when you think about Canada? Does your mind conjure up images of pick-up trucks and Quebec? What do you think of when you hear the words “CBC Radio One?” A hard-hitting interview about the latest updates to the Canadian Food Guide? All this and more is ridiculed in Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring’s This Is That (a part of the Headliner Series at this year’s Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival), a staged version of the famed satirical CBC radio show that pokes fun at our particular brand of CBC-approved Canadian culture.

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