Birds Make Me Think About Freedom by L’Arche Toronto Sol Express is a memorable, eye-opening story at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival. Playing at the Al Green Theatre, it reveals the dark past of the institutionalization of people with intellectual disabilities in Ontario. The play is performed with grace and beauty, and it tells us much about resilience. Continue reading Birds Make Me Think About Freedom (L’Arche Toronto Sol Express) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review
Playing at the Al Green Theatre at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival, Anatomy of Dancer is a stunning tribute to Gene Kelly. The eight dancers of Breakaway Entertainment sweep us off our feet as they present Kelly’s journey to stardom with stops in Philadelphia, New York and Hollywood.
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Houston, we have an astronomically good musical at the Toronto Fringe Festival 2018 called One Small Step. Written by Anika Johnson and Barbara Johnston, and performed by Edge of The Sky Theatre, this play about a play does not disappoint.
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Scarborough Music Theatre’s production of Crazy For You dazzles Toronto audiences
It’s no wonder that tickets for Crazy For You at the Scarborough Village Theatre have been selling like hotcakes. It’s a spectacular high-energy, tap-dancing blast!
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Ambitious Queen Marie plays at the Alumnae Theatre in Toronto
Playing at the Alumnae Theatre in Toronto’s Distillery District, Queen Marie is an engaging musical tribute to “great big girl” Marie Dressler. Dressler, whom I knew nothing of previously even though she won an Academy Award and acted with Greta Garbo and Charlie Chaplin, was an Ontario-born comic actor whose theatrical career spanned decades, right into the first “talkies”. Continue reading Review: Queen Marie (Alumnae Theatre)
Big laughs in stylish comedy, now playing on the Toronto stage
Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a comedy that gets funnier after funnier with each scene. Playing at the Scarborough Village Theatre, this story will make your own sibling relations seem perfectly functional.
Wistful Sonia (Deborah Jarvis) and complacent Vanya (Chip Thompson) are stay-at-home siblings to whom nothing exciting ever happens. Things run amok after their psychic housekeeper Cassandra (Carolyn Williamson) warns them of housing doom and gloom. Sure enough, their movie star sister Masha (Martha Breen) waltzes in to visit, introduces her young bimbo boyfriend Spike (Holm Bradwell), and announces she wishes to sell the family home. Masha is the one who has been paying for its upkeep, while Sonia and Vanya have spent the past 15 years caring for their elderly parents, now deceased. Continue reading Review: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Scarborough Players)
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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