Shit I’m In Love With You Again is Rachelle Elie’s autobiographical one-woman show presented by Crowning Monkey for the Toronto Fringe Festival. This bawdy musical takes the audience on a tour of teenage lust, family drama and therapy.
Taking a seat, my 80s childhood came flooding back to me as I was greeted by The Bangles’ Eternal Flame. Before me, was a stage decked out in pink and purple outfits and a sequinned backdrop. I knew I was in good, campy, capable hands.
Continue reading Shit I’m In Love With You Again (Crowning Monkey) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review
Campfire’s offering in the Toronto Fringe Festival is Dominion, a story about nature and our place in it. Perched high above a national park, in their own distant watchtowers, two men discover their potential while the forest looms below. Continue reading Dominion (Campfire) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review
Paying homage to classic horror films, Second Star presents Circus Shop of Horrors at the Toronto Fringe Festival. This musical revue is a mash-up of genre tropes, acrobatics, dance and illusion. Continue reading Circus Shop of Horrors (Second Star) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review
One for One Collective presents Dora-nominated playwright Michael Ross Albert’s two-handed thriller Anywhere at the Toronto Fringe Festival. A civilized business relationship turns into a tense struggle as two women face-off at an AirBnB. Continue reading Anywhere (One Four One Collective) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review
Trapped in a basement after a global catastrophe, two best friends navigate space and time with the help of music and drugs. This is Life in a Box, a post-apocalyptic bro-mantic comedy presented by Offended Millennial Creations for the Toronto Fringe Festival. Continue reading Life in a Box (Offended Millennial Creations) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review
After Earth is almost destroyed due to climate change, six twenty-somethings are stuck together on a spaceship en route to populate the planet Mars. 2018: A Sex Odyssey, presented by Theresa Ramirez Productions, is a sketch comedy playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival. Continue reading 2018: A Sex Odyssey (Theresa Ramirez Productions) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review
Dusty Dora Productions presents Paula Wolfson’s one-woman musical Judas Star Supersong at the Toronto Fringe Festival. Does the set-up sound familiar? A prophet is believed to be the long-awaited Messiah. His friend and disciple gets caught up in the web of fate as the politics of the day does its dirty work. Betrayal and crucifixion follow. Continue reading Judas Star Supersong (Dusty Dora Productions) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review
Stones is a multi-disciplinary look at a history of violence against women, on stage in Toronto
Stoning is an appalling practice. The cruelty and brutality of it is deliberate; the purpose is not only to kill, but to terrify, torture and humiliate. It is an ancient practice still seen in some parts of the world.
As a response to a long history of violence against women, of which stoning is a particularly horrific exemplification, Aluna Theatre presents Stones—a multi-disciplinary collaboration—to depict the misogyny that fuels that violence. Continue reading Review: Stones (Aluna Theatre)
Harrowing play takes to the Toronto stage
In the b current studio at Artscape Wychwood Barns, Seven Siblings Theatre presents Bryony Lavery’s compelling play about grief and forgiveness—Frozen. In modern day England, ten year old Rhona is found sexually abused and murdered. Circumstances then conspire to draw three characters together: Nancy (the mother of the murdered girl), Ralph (the murderer) and Agnetha (a visiting American psychologist researching violent criminality in men). Continue reading Review: Frozen (Seven Siblings Theatre)
Everything I Couldn’t Tell You delves into the power of culture to heal, at the Theatre Centre in Toronto
Megan is an Indigenous woman who has recently been woken from a coma. The procedure has damaged her brain, unleashing painful memories that drive her to alcohol and sudden, brutal violence.
Can two deeply damaged neuroscientists help her heal? This is the basic dramatic question posed by Everything I Couldn’t Tell You, currently playing at The Theatre Centre as part of the The Riser Project 2018. Continue reading Review: Everything I Couldn’t Tell You (The Riser Project/Theatre Why Not/Spiderbones)