Crisis on St. Creskins is a bizarre site specific theatrical experience at Toronto’s historic Campbell House Museum
If you’re looking for some absurd, ridiculous, just plain funny theatre this holiday season, look no further than Henri Fabergé’s Crisis on St. Creskins. Presented by the cast of Fabergé’s Feint of Hart, the show is billed as ‘a punk rock soap opera’, though I’m not sure it can be defined quite so simply.
It moves through the rooms of the historic Campbell House Museum, and is almost certainly unlike anything else you’ll see this year. There is an accordion, some “ultra-modern” art, a holiday being celebrated, and a man dying on the second floor – and that’s just what you’ll encounter before the show even begins.
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Death in a Black Suit tells of Life, Death and Suspense on Georgian Bay
Thursday night marked the opening of Scarborough Theatre Guild‘s Death in a Black Suit at the Scarborough Village Theatre. Billed as the ‘Canadian and World Premiere’, the play was penned by Maureen Jennings of ‘Murdoch Mysteries’ fame and is an intriguing, fun, suspenseful murder mystery. Continue reading Review: Death in a Black Suit (Scarborough Theatre Guild)
North of Maine presents The Love Game, a quirky romance playing at Toronto’s Red Sandcastle Theatre
I walked into the cozy Red Sandcastle Theatre on Tuesday night expecting to see another run-of-the-mill relationship drama. You know the type – they meet, they fall in love, they grow apart, there’s a conflict, they either resolve it or they don’t. What I actually saw was entirely different from what I was anticipating, however. North of Maine‘s The Love Game is anything but typical, and the environment they’ve created in the storefront theatre is anything but cozy. What The Love Game is is bold, creative, surprising and oddly compelling. Continue reading Review: The Love Game (North of Maine)
My Treasure Island!!!, presented by Johnson Girls, is unapologetically hilarious theatre
On Wednesday night, I stepped out of the cold and into a production of My Treasure Island!!! at the Theatre Passe Muraille backspace. Presented by Johnson Girls with the support of Passe Muraille, this show is an adaptation of a book – Sara Levine’s Treasure Island!!! – about a woman’s obsession with a book – Robert Louis Stevenson’s exclamation mark-free classic Treasure Island. It takes the audience on a fun adventure and offers some gasps and laughs along the way.
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McGuffin Company’s The Thing Between Us is Raw, Believable Theatre
Playing now at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace is The Thing Between Us, by playwright Alison Lawrence. Presented by the McGuffin Company, the show explores relationships, boundaries, love and forgiveness. It looks at how far one woman is willing to go for someone she’s been bound to in her life, someone she’s been told she’s supposed to love. The play explores some interesting themes and relationships, and the audience is taken on quite the journey with the characters, from early childhood right through to the hardest parts of adulthood. Continue reading Review: The Thing Between Us (McGuffin Company)