All posts by Isabella O'Brien

Review: Riverboat Coffee House: The Yorkville Scene (Soulpepper)

Picture of Brooke Blackburn and Sate in Riverboat Coffee House: The Yorkville SceneRiverboat Coffee House is a love letter to Yorkville’s artistic history

After a former run, Riverboat Coffee House: The Yorkville Scene has re-opened at Soulpepper Theatre. As part of their concert series programming, it’s a song and dance down memory lane into the iconic era of folk music that blossomed in Toronto’s Yorkville district in the 1960s and 1970s. Featuring performances of songs by legendary folk singers, this show is a love letter to an influential era of artistry in Toronto.
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Review: In The Abyss (Citadel + Compagnie)

Picture of dancers, including Ana Claudette Groppler and Syreeta Hector, in In The AbyssCitadel + Compagnie present a stunning dance piece exploring human connection

Citadel + Compagnie presented the world premier of In The Abyss and it’s a breathtaking, celestial work. The performance, choreographed by Aria Evans, seeks to explore the need for human connectivity. Inspired by the idea that we are all made of stardust, this show feels like it was created by humanity, for humanity.

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Review: The Jungle (Tarragon)

Picture of Shannon Currie and Matthew Gin in The Jungle ‘The Jungle’ is “heartfelt, heavy, moving and funny”.

The Jungle premiered last night at Tarragon Theatre and it was a punch to the gut: very real and very much told with eyes wide open. Billed as a Toronto love story between an immigrant from Moldova and the son of Chinese immigrants, it wrestled with what it really means to be working class, and if getting ahead is systemically possible in a capitalist society.

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Review: Good Morning, Tonight (Karis Anderson & Aidan O’Loughlin)

New comedy festival brings the laughs with a diverse lineup in Toronto

Good Morning, Tonight!This October, The Theatre Centre launched a new festival, COMEDY IS ART, in support of comedy in Canada. Comedy is not currently recognized as its own art form in Canada, which has limited the amount of government funding available for comedians. In its inaugural year, the festival ran from October 1 to 5, and featured 8 shows with over 40 artists. I was fortunate enough to spend an evening watching Good Morning, Tonight!, a stand-up comedy show produced and hosted by spirited comedians Karis Anderson and Aidan O’Loughlin.

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