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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

Les Murs ont des Yeux (Le Collectif Les Murs ont des Yeux) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Barbara-Audrey Bergeron, Alex Nanot, Geneviève Fontaine, Michèle Tredger, Benoît Trudel

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 (Devin Sanclemente) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Devin Sanclamente in Show Your Flames

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