At the Toronto Fringe Festival as part of FringeKids!, Elly’s Emotions, playing at the Palmerston Library, is a high-energy must-see musical produced by Daley Productions. It speaks to today’s kids for whom video games replace make-believe games, and being a creative, non-consuming daydreamer can make a child “weird”.
Written by Johnson & Johnston, the play is about how Elly (Torri Webster) struggles to keep her friends who no longer appreciate her lack of “stuff.” Her former pals are drawn to the kid with the Wii. Now who will come to her birthday party when there won’t even be a bouncy castle?
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Playing at the Annex Theatre as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival, She’s Black, He’s Jewish, They’re Married, Oy Vey! is more than a 27-year-long interracial love story between Epstein and Hassan.
These stand-up comics are marriage counsellors! They share their wisdom on how to keep relationships alive and well and full of action under the sheets.
Their training package for couples, called “Black/Jew/Love technology,” requires homework. But the audience participation involves much more than that. A few willing, good-humoured members of the crowd ended up revealing marital status, sexual orientation, ethnic background and religion. (If you’re shy, no worries, there’s a don’t-bug-me signal.) Continue reading She’s Black, He’s Jewish, They’re Married, Oy Vey! (EpsteinandHassan) 2014 Toronto Fringe Review
Busyness is a Toronto FringeKids! production playing at the Palmerston Library. Created by the little red theatre, this semi-wordless show is an amusing musical performed by three young, earnest actors.
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Gold Fever is a wordless, silent film-type play about a small group of fortune-seekers during the gold rush. This black-and-white creation by Keystone Theatre is laugh-out-loud funny with some tragic bits about ruthless quests for gold. See it as part of Toronto’s Fringe Festival at the Al Green Theatre. You’ll be transported by the story-telling piano-playing, and you’ll admire the smart but simple sets that fully use 50 shades of grey. Continue reading Gold Fever (Keystone Theatre) 2014 Toronto Fringe Review
Bloody Quests for Power in Julius Caesar Playing at Toronto’s Red Sandcastle Theatre
After voting in our provincial election, I went back to Roman Empire politics and saw different techniques of rising to power. Julius Caesar opened at the Red Sandcastle Theatre for a delighted, entertained audience. This powerful Shakespearean production was about democracy-minded politicians seeking to kill off their overly-ambitious leader.
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