All posts by Christopher Douglas

Space Hippo (Wishes Mystical Puppet Co.) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Space Hippo

This Toronto Fringe Festival, no show has wowed me more with its whimsy, humour and visuals than Space Hippo by The Wishes Mystical Puppet Company.

I mean, with only five years left on the planet before it succumbs to climate change, what else should humanity do to save itself than send a hippo into space? Yup, that’s the incredible premise for this mostly shadow puppetry presentation.

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Under the Knife (Two Planks) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Cast of Under the Knife

The ambitious new play Under the Knife by Brandy Baker, mounted by Two Planks, debuts at the Randolph Theatre as part of the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival. With a cast of seven playing twelve roles, an eighty-five minute running time, and nearly twenty scenes, the scale of the production doesn’t always live up to its aspirations.

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Here Me (aestrider) 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival

Photo of Amelia Nyla Jakaša in Here Me

Here Me : a play on the homonym hear/here. A comment on how performer Amelia Nyla Jakaša wants your attention. A focus on the audience being present in the room. This essentially wordless show about communication and connection produced by aestrider is one of the most unique experiences you’ll have at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival.

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Mrs. Mama’s House (SomeCompanyTO) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

photo of the Bata Shoe Museum

This one is tricky for me: I wanted to love Mrs. Mama’s House . From the site-specific description SomeCompanyTO provided to the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival, it promises to be “nursery rhyme magic with a Grimm twist” at the Bata Shoe Museum. And all those details appeal to my whimsical sensibility, but this show isn’t one size fits all.

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