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Review: DISGRACED (Hope & Hell Theatre Co./Mirvish Productions)

DisgracedHard-hitting Akhtar play returns to the Toronto stage

The thought-provoking, bear-poking, conversational fire-stoking play DISGRACED (Hope and Hell Theatre Co., presented by Mirvish Productions) returns to the Panasonic Theatre. Previously produced in Mirvish’s 2016-17 season, this sprawling stage is stacked with 80% of the original cast, and 100% of the hard-hitting political theatre we all need right now.

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Review: VILLAINS An 80s Musical Cabaret (Small But Mighty Productions)

Photo of Jade McLeod, Ali Hand, Hugh Ritchie, Matt Lacas, Caitlin Turner provided by the company.Buddies in Bad Times presents a fun multi-disciplined cabaret on stage in Toronto

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre hosts Small But Mighty Productions VILLAINS An 80s Musical Cabaret in their intimate cabaret space (with a cash bar!). Despite a somewhat draggy first portion, VILLAINS is overall a fun, lighthearted show.

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To Do, To Don’t (Jenn Goodwin) and Icône Pop (Mayday) 2017 SummerWorks Review

Photo of Mélanie Demers by Brianna Lombardo

Those looking for an easy show need not attend. Steeped in abstraction and absurdity, the double-bill power combo that is Icône Pop by Mayday and To Do, To Don’t by Jenn Goodwin in SummerWorks 2017 never let me get comfortable with a convention. These generous performers do not care if you understand.

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PERFECTION (Mark Correia) and The Chemical Valley Project (Broadleaf Theatre) 2017 SummerWorks Review

Photo of Mark Correia by Tyler Williams

Mystifying. Hilarious. Smart. Entertaining. Neurotically planned. Expertly executed. These are all words that accurately describe PERFECTION, until everything goes wrong…or does it?Mark Correia‘s show, playing at SummerWorks festival 2017 as paired with The Chemical Valley Project, entices us with every magical move (and those big blue eyes), making for a quality show, as long as you like your magic shows a little stressful.

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Almeida (The Glorious) (The AMY Project) 2017 SummerWorks Review

Photo of Nicole Acaso, Zainab Egbeyemi, Karis Jones-Pard, Jamie Kasiama, Destiny Laldeo, Caroline Manjaly, Morgan, Adri Almeida, Rofiat Olusanya, & Kaitlynn Rodgers by Bessie Cheng

Almeida (The Glorious) by The AMY Project playing at SummerWorks Festival 2017 is an ensemble piece, a non-linear assemblage of monologues, poetry, and group performances of both movement and voice.

Created by the ensemble, this piece explores young peoples’ relationships to their ancestry and how it affects their daily lives through their own true stories. These powerful young people deserve the platform they are fiercely occupying.

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The Diddlin’ Bibbles Live in Concert (The Diddlin’ Bibbles) 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival Review

Matt Shaw and Lesley Robertson are the Diddlin' Bibbles

Hunker down, folks. The Diddlin’ Bibbles Live in Concert by The Diddlin’ Bibbles at the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival are here.

With a name like that, one might expect a night of wholesome southern music, a kind couple in love, glowing with that rustic small-town charm, smiling as they welcome you into their dusty little world of warm sunbeams and a gentle pace, drinking sweet tea on the white wicker porch chairs. Continue reading The Diddlin’ Bibbles Live in Concert (The Diddlin’ Bibbles) 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival Review