All posts by Emma Letki

Kin (Tavistock Arts) 2013 Toronto Fringe Review

Kin | Toronto Fringe

As I stood in the foyer of The Tarragon Theatre this afternoon waiting for Kin, it was apparent that the rain had not dampened the audience’s turn out. As soon as the play started it was obvious that the actors were not going to let the rain affect their stellar acting either.

I was a bit apprehensive when the cheesy music signalled the start of the show, but my fears were quickly pushed aside when the actors took charge of the scene. Continue reading Kin (Tavistock Arts) 2013 Toronto Fringe Review

The Retirement Plan (Certainty Assurance) 2013 Toronto Fringe Review

The Retirement Plan | Toronto Fringe

The Retirement Plan touches on a subject that a lot of will think about, retirement. Playing at St. Valdamir’s Theatre, this is a charming play about a couple deciding how to spend their final years and the consequences of that choice.

The show opened with your typical well tailored overly happy salesman, here dubbed financial planner, about to make a deal with his client. The next step for the plan to work was to convince his wife. Continue reading The Retirement Plan (Certainty Assurance) 2013 Toronto Fringe Review

Mercury (Monster Feelings) 2013 Toronto Fringe Review

While sitting in the George Ignatiff Theatre, I was taken through an exploration of mercury’s various forms, from the planet and the element to the Roman God and the rock star. Everyone has a different notion of what exactly it is: I thought about the planet while my show buddy thought of Freddy Mercury. The creators of Mercury, Monster Feelings, played with all of these different interpretations. The show consisted of eight different vignettes each dedicated to a different aspect of mercury. Continue reading Mercury (Monster Feelings) 2013 Toronto Fringe Review

Dance at the Toronto Fringe Festival

There are lots of reasons why festivals are awesome, but one of the reasons why I especially love the Toronto Fringe Festival is all of the great dance performances. Starting six years ago Fringe, in partnership with Dance Umbrella of Ontario, opened its doors to dance with the Dance Initiative. Every year eight spots are reserved specifically for dance shows.

So why is this a big deal? A few years before Fringe started doing this the Toronto Dance Festival had to call it quits. Fringe seized the opportunity and has welcomed dance artists to share the stage ever since, and so have audiences. Continue reading Dance at the Toronto Fringe Festival

Review: Socialist* Games (Mammalian Diving Reflex)

Socialist* Games

A play with play where theatre truly gets social thanks to Mammalian Diving Reflex in Toronto

I do believe that was the most fun I have had all summer, and with strangers. For the past 2 weeks Mammalian Diving Reflex has used the Theatre Centre Pop-Up as their home base for their performance art show Socialist* Games. The show set about converting audience members into socialists*, that is the kind of person who is “inclined to seek out and enjoy the company of others”. I definitely felt much more like a socialist* after that evening. Continue reading Review: Socialist* Games (Mammalian Diving Reflex)