All posts by Isabella O'Brien

Review: Lady Sunrise (Factory Theatre)

Picture of Zoé Doyle, Rosie Simon, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Louisa Zhu, Belinda Corpuz and Lindsay Wu in Lady Sunrise

Beautiful and tragic modern adaptation covers an abundance but stays focused and cohesive

Marjorie Chan’s Lady Sunrise, playing at Factory Theatre, is a phenomenal deep dive into the lives of six Asian women set in the early 2000s in Vancouver and Richmond, British Columbia. It follows their personal heartbreaks and professional pains and explores the struggles of trying to survive within the confines of a suffocating culture.

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Review: This World Made Itself & Infinitely Yours (Progress Festival / Broadleaf Theatre)

Picture of Miwa Matreyek in This World Made Itself & Infinitely Yours
This World Made Itself & Infinitely Yours is playing as part of Progress Festival, co-presented by SummerWorks Performance Festival and The Theatre Centre.

This is a double bill, with This World Made Itself (2013) performed first, followed by Infinitely Yours (2020), with no intermission.

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Review: The Ghost Project (Unit 5 Theatre Collective)

Picutre of Karie Richards in The Ghost ProjectCollection of 13 Ghost Stories is Intimate, Mysterious, and Masterful

The Ghost Project, a documentary solo show by Karie Richards, is deeply intimate storytelling. Starting in 2017, Richards began conversations with friends (and eventually friends of friends) about whether anyone had ever had an experience with the spirit world (read: had a ghost story to share). In response, many a story came floating her way. The culmination of these conversations comes together here.

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Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Rusticle)

It may be cold out, but Theatre Rusticle’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is here to heat you up

Picture of Kwaku Okyere and Alexandra Montagnese in A Midsummer Night's DreamTheatre Rusticle has given new life to Shakespeare’s fantastical comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Their production, now on at Buddies in Bad Times, feels like an antidote for sorrows of the soul. It’s like a burst of summer love in the dead of winter.
It’s breathtakingly dreamy, intensely physical, and unrelentingly playful.

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Review: Toronto, I Love You (Bad Dog Theatre Company)

Picture of Kyle Dooley, Anders Yates, Lucy Hill, Nigel Downer, Carolyne Das, Devon Henderson in Toronto, I Love You

In Toronto, I Love You no two shows will ever be the same, so there’s always more to discover… just like Toronto itself.

Bad Dog Theatre is bringing their much loved comedy show, Toronto, I Love You, back for a limited run. The show features an ensemble cast performing long-form improv comedy. Taking its narrative inspiration from conversations between the cast and audience members, the show explores imagined encounters in different Toronto neighbourhoods. Continue reading Review: Toronto, I Love You (Bad Dog Theatre Company)