Baryshnikov performs the poems of Joseph Brodsky at Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre
When I saw that I had the opportunity to see the ballet dancer Baryshnikov, I jumped at the chance, thinking I’d be seeing spins and pliés. That wasn’t the case. This show at The Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto is a quiet, poetic performance that has only a minor dance element. BRODSKY / BARYSHNIKOV is Baryshnikov’s Russian-language tribute to his Nobel prize-winning poet friend Joseph Brodsky.
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A Christmas Carol is a “wonderfully goofy” take on the Dickens’ classic, now on stage in Toronto
Produced by Ross Petty, A Christmas Carol— on stage at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre — is a colourful and silly take on the Charles Dickens classic. As you may know, the miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets his dead friend Marley who warns him that Scrooge will be visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Future. These meetings turn out to be transformative for Scrooge: he ends up becoming generous and loving.
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On Golden Pond is a feel-good story about family, on stage at Scarborough Village Theatre
Playing at the Scarborough Village Theatre, On Golden Pond is a family drama that will make you want to pick up the phone and arrange to see that long-lost dear relative with whom you’ve lost touch. I never saw the 1981 movie, and I was happy to discover this heartfelt story without any expectations. Continue reading Review: On Golden Pond (Scarborough Players)
Written by Valentyn Korotkevych, Contagious
is a story about two very different neighbours who make a life-changing connection. This Toronto Fringe Festival 2017
play is being performed at Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace.
Contagious is an ode to having “real” conversations and following your heart. What’s more, the story is lifted by great choreography and meaningful music.
Continue reading Contagious (Tragical Fun) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review
All Things Need Saying is playing at Factory Studio as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival 2017. Written by Gregg Hebert, it’s a story about a mother’s relationship with her adult son and daughter, following the death of their father.
Continue reading All Things Need Saying (Iceberg Theatre) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review
Written by Dawna Wightman, A Mickey Full of Mouse is playing at the Tarragon Extraspace as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival 2017. This raw road trip story takes us to the childhood memories of two women, Anna and Margaret. The main recollection is the 1976 journey to Florida that includes Anna (Louise Lupo), Margaret (Dawna Wightman) and Anna’s mother (also Wightman) and father.
Continue reading A Mickey Full of Mouse (AMFOM Theatre) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review
Alex The Artist is a fantastic, family-friendly Kidsfest play that is part of the Toronto Fringe Festival 2017. Your kid can cheer on Alex as she stands up to the evil King.
Continue reading Alex the Artist (LoveYouMoreProductions) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review
Night at Castle Impendingdoom produced by Wiggly Dolly is playing at the George Ignatieff Theatre as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival 2017. Written by Madeleine Redican and Clara McTeague, this KidsFest puppet show is a family must-see.
Elizabeth, Catherine and Slightly get a mysterious invitation to be guests at a Transylvanian home. While Elizabeth is thrilled to be going to an actual castle, and Slightly cluelessly sees the trip as a chance to protect two damsels in distress, Catherine is the voice of reason. She knows that something isn’t right. After all, the home is called Castle Impendingdoom and the host is called Count Sucksyourblood!
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Thumbs up for “impressive” play Deathtrap, now on the Toronto stage
Playing at the Scarborough Village Theatre, Deathtrap is a suspenseful comedy-thriller about murder and deception. Written by Ira Levin, this tale has twists and turns that let us into desperate, criminal minds that are bent on success. What’s more, it is cleverly staged and absolutely entertaining.
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Office Hours is a hilarious collection of vignettes playing at the Papermill Theatre in Toronto
Office Hours is a hoot that’s brilliantly written and dynamically performed. Playing at Toronto’s Papermill Theatre, this collection of six workplace vignettes occur in the same city on a Friday afternoon, and they are cleverly connected by a ledge-jumper, a dead horse, a steamy book, a statue needing a loin cloth and, most notably, a “Week at a Glance” agenda. You’ll surely get a kick out of this comedy by Canadian playwright Norm Foster. Continue reading Review: Office Hours (East Side Players)