All posts by Jeff Kerr

Jeff was introduced to theatre at a young age, enjoying such shows as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and Cats. His love for live performance grew through watching various Fringe Festival and SummerWorks shows. Jeff loves the raw reality of theatre performance. He is drawn to the fact that there are no do-overs and there is no screen in between the audience and the performers. Theatre is as live and true as life itself. He maintains a website of his own at jtkwriting.com, that features his own stories and musings about the written word.

This is How We Got Here (Continuum Theatre/New Harlem Productions) 2016 SummerWorks Review

This_is_how_we_got_hereThis is How We Got Here, a co-production of Continuum Theatre and New Harlem Productions, is playing at the Factory Theatre Mainspace as part of the 2016 SummerWorks Performance Festival. It is a powerfully reflective presentation of real human reactions to loss.

A year ago, Paul and Lucille lost their son Craig to suicide, and through their interactions with Lucille’s sister, Liset, and her husband Jim, Paul and Lucille try to weave their broken lives back together. There is also a fox, and for fear of ruining its power, I will leave its meaning to be discovered. Continue reading This is How We Got Here (Continuum Theatre/New Harlem Productions) 2016 SummerWorks Review

Review: Footloose (Randolph Academy)

RAPA_Footloose-3The 80’s cult classic movie graces the Toronto stage at the Randolph Theatre

I experienced opening night of The Randolph Academy’s Footloose at the Randolph Theatre on Thursday and it was high energy and happy days as the cast and crew romped through the musical adaptation of the cult 80’s classic without missing a beat.

As I took my seat, my senses were greeted by 80’s music throwbacks, one being Huey Lewis’ “The Power of Love”, and I thought this set the stage well – pun somewhat intended – for what was to come. As the lights dimmed and the audience cheered, we were primed and ready to be taken back to a time when side ponytails were not retro style, but just style, and as the cast took the stage and gave their all on the “Footloose” opener, I knew I was in for a great show.
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Fractals (Tales To Boot Productions) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

clouds over a frozen landscapeI was intrigued by the philosophical undertones in the description of the Tales To Boot production of Fractals. My intrigue was met with a lively, and poetic revue by the versatile and talented Krista White. Fractals was a mix of stories, songs, laughter, and contemplation, and it was a great start to my second night at the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival.

Krista starts the show with a song about dreams and freedom, which I felt set a great tone for the deeper questions that lay after this prelude.

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Myths and Coffee Cups (Books Are Boring) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

two coffee cups, one upside down and drippingMyths and Coffee Cups, brought to you and the 2016 Toronto Fringe by Books Are Boring, is neither a book (nor is it boring). It is a conversation between son Jack and father Sam about the past and the future, and how living in the present is informed, and informs, both.

When I sat down in the Robert Gill Theatre late on Wednesday evening, the house lights were up and I was presented with twenty-something Jack sitting alone on a bench. He appeared restless as what sounded like an emo song from a mumblecore film played throughout the room, and seemingly in the earphones that connected his phone to his head. Continue reading Myths and Coffee Cups (Books Are Boring) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

Review: The redShow at InspiraTO (Alumnae Theatre)

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The 11th Season of InspiraTO, Toronto’s premier ten-minute play festival, is underway, and I had the pleasure of experiencing the redShow at the Alumnae Theatre on Friday night. With plays focused around the theme of passion, I was looking forward to my fourth InspiraTO, and I wasn’t disappointed.

What I have always enjoyed about the festival itself is the immediacy of the stories. With only ten minutes to entice, excite, and entertain, the shows at InspiraTO set quite a challenge for themselves. In past years, the results have sometimes come out uneven, but the experience was always enjoyable. This year was no different. Continue reading Review: The redShow at InspiraTO (Alumnae Theatre)

Review: The Inventor Of All Things (Red Sandcastle Theatre)

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Jem Rolls’ Big, Impactful Show at the Red Sandcastle Theatre

I had never heard of Leo Szilard until I witnessed Jem Rolls present Leo’s story at the Red Sandcastle Theatre and Jem is spot on by deeming him The Inventor of All Things. Well, Leo didn’t invent everything, but his simple thought at a simple streetlight would have one of the biggest, literal and figurative, impacts on the world and, in effect, on all of our lives.

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