All posts by Jaclyn Enchin

Into The Tango (Pointe Tango) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Erin Scott-Kafadar and Alexander Richardson from "Into the Tango"

Into The Tango by Pointe Tango is playing at Randolph Theatre at the Toronto Fringe Festival. I’ve never heard of pointe tango, I’ve never seen pointe tango, but apparently tango on pointe is a thing. Pointe Tango, based in Argentina, is the only dance company in the world that performs tango with pointe shoes and hey, it’s pretty cool! Continue reading Into The Tango (Pointe Tango) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Interrupted (RNB Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Madison Burgess and Emily Rapley from "Interrupted"

Interrupted, is a new work of dance presented and choreographed by Robyn Bedford (RNB Productions), in collaboration with the dancers and is playing at Al Green Theatre at the Toronto Fringe Festival. It definitely “interrupted” my fringing this year in the best possible way. The piece explores the interrupting thoughts and emotions that are often kept hidden from others and that can inform our decisions, actions and reactions. Robyn Bedford (choreographer) utilizes emotionally driven contemporary technique combined with urban movement and sets the tone for a truly exciting show.

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Searching For Marceau (Tottering Biped Theatre) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Trevor Copp from "Searching for Marceau"

Searching For Marceau, is a one man-show featuring Trevor Copp, produced by Tottering Biped Theatre and currently playing at the Tarragon Theatre as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival.

If you’ve ever wondered what’s behind those walls mimes seem to always be putting up, well now’s your chance. Searching for Marceau goes behind the stripes (so to speak), and reveals the inner workings of Trevor Copp, a mime who has studied under the famous Marcel Marceau and has performed internationally. Continue reading Searching For Marceau (Tottering Biped Theatre) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Ghosted: The Musical (A.L.P.) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Dayjan Lesmond, Claire Rice, Katherine Rye, Ted Powers from "Ghosted: The Musical"

The sci-fi/fantasy Ghosted: The Musical, playing at Randolph Theatre at the Toronto Fringe Festival, follows a realist (Zohra) and an idealist (Summer) who are trying to navigate the harsh world of internet dating and dun dun dun….ghosting. What they don’t realize is that fairy demons are actually controlling their every move. Continue reading Ghosted: The Musical (A.L.P.) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Comedy Records Presents: Jay and Eytan (Comedy Records) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Eytan Millstone and Jay Wells from "Comedy Records Presents: Jay and Eytan"

Comedy Records Presents: Jay & Eytan by Comedy Records is playing at Randolph Theatre as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival. Jay and Eytan are a comedy duo based in Brooklyn, NY but are originally from Canada. They’ve been touring around and are stopping right here in Toronto! Continue reading Comedy Records Presents: Jay and Eytan (Comedy Records) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

A Plague Upon The Doctor’s House (Deadbeat Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Andrew Cameron, Hannah Ehman, Emma Nelles, Nicholas Eddie and Catherine Teichman from "A Plague Upon the Doctor's House"Deadbeat Productions presents A Plague Upon the Doctor’s House, playing at Factory Theatre as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival. The play takes place in 18th century England in the house of a plague doctor. This show deals with some heavy subject matter including death, murder, and oh yeah, the plague, but it takes itself anything but seriously.

 

I was so excited to see this show, because I’m a huge fan of British-style farces and this looked like just the ticket. James D. Rose (Playwright/Director), presents a well-crafted script with moments that are both hilarious and surprisingly sweet. I would say it has a certain Princess Bride-esque charm, enjoyable awkward jokes and all.

As most comedies go, this play isn’t supposed to make you think about any deep, pressing issues. It’s a comedy for comedy’s sake. James even says in the program saying that he got the idea for this show from overhearing a funny story from someone at work. With that being said, these actors, with the help of James’ directing, definitely bring the play to the play.

Each and every member of the cast brought a great comedic energy to their roles. As an ensemble, I thought this group of actors worked very well together and the play had a good pace, moving swiftly with intention. I want to shout out Catherine Teichman (Sister Anne) who had lots of fun and comedic moments as a mid 18th century British nun who perhaps got into the wrong medicine cabinet…And Hannah Ehman (Amy) who gave a passionate performance as the doctor’s wife.

Although the play is well written and was expertly performed, there was one thing I’d say that didn’t jibe particularly well with me. I felt as though the jokes themselves could have used some time to breathe. Because the literal words are said so quickly, sometimes I would miss a punchline or a line that would make up a sequence that would lead to a joke etc. Instead of being punched in the gut with a joke, sometimes I’d be straining to hear exactly what was being said.

However, despite some unclear moments, I thought the writing was clever, the story connected in all the right ways and like in true farce fashion, everything came to a very hilarious and satisfying ending. I’d like to see where this play ends up in further development!

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TRUNK! (Kerploding Theatre) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Kaeden Derksen and Haley Garnet from TRUNK!

TRUNK! by Vancouver’s Kerploding Theatre is playing at the George Ignatieff Theatre at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival. It takes you on a whirlwind adventure through three different kingdoms, each with their own totem to rescue. This production has colourful characters, hummable music and a guitar playing dragon: what could be better than that!

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