All posts by Isabella O'Brien

Cliff Cardinal’s CBC Special (Imaginary Force and Cutline) 2019 SummerWorks Review

Picture of Cliff Cardinal in Cliff Cardinal's CBC Special

Cliff Cardinal stuns as a storyteller in Cliff Cardinal’s CBC Special, now playing at the 2019 SummerWorks Festival. Presented by Imaginary Force and Cutline, the show delivers a melodic, soulful evening of powerful folk songs and stories, woven together with dark humor and expansive heart.

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CHILD-ISH (Sunny Drake and the CHILD-ISH Collective) 2019 SummerWorks Review

Actors from CHILD-ISH at SummerWorks 2019 A man and a child stand side by side holding long stemmed roses and staring wide-eyed at the camera

CHILD-ISH, a work-in-progress play by Sunny Drake and The CHILD-ISH Collective is playing at the 2019 SummerWorks Festival. If you’re missing school over the summer, or the child-like wonder of your youth, this one’s for you. It’s fun, silly, earnest and heartfelt, and gives voice to the unbridled curiosity and wisdom of children.

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Review: All’s Well That Ends Well (Dauntless City Theatre)

Chanakya Mukherjee and Liz Der in All's Well That Ends Well by Dahlia Katz Dauntless City Theatre presents All’s Well That Ends Well as a walk through Berczy Park

Dauntless City Theatre presented a dreamy, outdoor staging of William Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well in Berczy Park, in Toronto’s fittingly historic St. Lawrence neighbourhood. Dauntless City’s adaptation was a treat for the eyes, heart and feet, and offered a beautifully queer re-imagining of the Bard’s famous play.

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The Ballad of Frank Allen (Weeping Spoon Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Picture of Shane Adamczak and Al Lafrance in The Ballad of Frank Allen

The Ballad of Frank Allen is playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival and it’s a zany, musical funhouse. The premise, which concerns what happens when one man lives in another man’s beard, zigzags into unexpected — but wonderful — territory. It’s a story of a science experiment gone astray, of boy meets girl, of heartbreak and struggle, and ultimately, of learning to lean on our friends through the hairy parts of life.

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