The Nails by JSquared Theatre at SummerWorks 2017 is a psuedo-abstract coming of age story where our lead character grows up in a violent, racist, and disillusioned world. Through a mixture of monologues, two-hander scenes, and clever staging, we watch as a young woman reluctantly embraces her world and, her attempt to reconcile it.
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Minimalism defines the world of Ruin Road by Wild Rabbit dance projects at SummerWorks 2017. Three performers churn their bodies through diverse movement and dance styles, heavy with emotion, devoid of set or context, and ripe for your own interpreting.
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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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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) 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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Not Good is a one-man show by Jame MartEnz playing at the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival. Here, an actor explores what it is to be an actor and a playwright, creating work for yourself, and the learning curve of an industry of dichotomies.
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A Magic Show by Rebecca Rose Productions at the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival is a bare bones magic show. Little grandeur, little story, and little character make this a cute experience. A pleasant nod seems the appropriate response to this mixed bag of tricks.
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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
As the saying goes, ‘if these walls could talk…’, what would they say? Well, Les murs on des yeux (The Walls Have Eyes) by Le Collectif Les murs ont des yeux playing at the 2017 Toronto Fringe festival explores just that. Five rooms of a house are uniquely personified as they discover together the evidence of domestic violence within their walls. This show is in French with English subtitles. Passionate acting, clear concept, and a very real language barrier made for an interesting experience.
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Show Your Flames is a one-man absurdist comedy show, expressively embodied by Devin Sanclamente playing at the Toronto Fringe . If an easy, relaxing show is what you’re after: look elsewhere. Sanclamente keeps us guessing (and sometimes even confused), but ultimately he uniquely entertains in this theatrical journey of manic precision. Continue reading Show Your Flames (Devin Sanclemente) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review