All posts by Jackie Mahoney

White Wedding (Port Albert Productions)- Toronto Fringe Festival 2017

Photo of Daniel Cristofori, Kayla Whelan, and Ermina Pérez by Gerald Gilmore

White Wedding was such an uncommonly cool theatrical experience. Playing in the upstairs hallway of the Artscape Youngplace, this Toronto Fringe show is a site specific piece that used its space to its advantage. The show explores unrequited love, the ways in which nostalgia can affect our choices and memories, and whether or not love actually conquers all.

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The Seat Next to the King (Minmar Gaslight Productions) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo by Steven Jackson of Kwaku Okyere and Conor LingWhen I discovered that The Seat Next to the King playing at Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace as a part of the Toronto Fringe Festival won the Best New Play, I was duly impressed. Upon watching it, I realized the win was for good reason. I was both literally and figuratively on the edge of my seat for the whole show.

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Happy Family (Other Life Productions) – Toronto Fringe Festival 2017

Photo of Leonard Scott-Collins, Kristi Woods, and Adèle Power in Happy Family.

When you go into a show called Happy Family, you know right from the get go that it’s probably going to depict the exact opposite of that. Other Life Production’s show as a part of the Toronto Fringe Festival playing at the Franco Boni Theatre did not disappoint — it presented a deeply flawed unit teetering, as they said themselves, on the edge of something big. It left me pondering the lengths we go to in order to save, and sometimes sabotage, our families.

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Real Actors. Not People. (Me and Snow White Productions) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo provided by the company

Real Actors. Not People. at the Factory Theatre Mainspace was a gut-bustingly funny romp through through the arts world. Me and Snow White Productions‘ show as a part of the Toronto Fringe Festival was phenomenal, and hilariously put into words the trials and tribulations of trying to make art, especially theatre, in Toronto.

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Review: Flowers While We’re Living (Buddies in Bad Times)

Enthusiastic audiences greet Flowers While We’re Living on the Toronto stage

Flowers While We’re Living , presented by Unit 2 and Ninkuru Zinduru as a part of the 2017 Queer Pride Festival, had a glorious one night showing at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. It was a beautiful, vulnerable performance by incredibly talented trans people of colour. I was very grateful to have been given the chance to attend such a moving piece of work, especially as a part of a sold out house!

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