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.

Review: Dead End (Theatre Lab)

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Dead End brings a creative take on the Zombie genre to Toronto’s Factory Theatre stage

Theatre Lab‘s production of Jonny Sun’s Dead End — taking over the Factory Studio until October 23rd — is a funny tale of fear, friendship, and flesh hungry zombies. The show is a creative take on the zombie genre with its inspirational material not far from the surface.

Dead End is one part Waiting For Godot, another part Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, mixed with a dollop of Shaun of the Dead. It is a quick-tongued, philosophical tango between two friends whose lives are being threatened by a zombie not twenty feet away. Continue reading Review: Dead End (Theatre Lab)

Review: Aunt Dan and Lemon (Shadowtime Productions)

Aunt Dan and Lemon challenges Toronto audiences to examine our own self-perception, morality

Shadowtime Productions’ Aunt Dan and Lemon, playing at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace, is a play with a message. It’s delivered by the title characters with a subtle smirk so as to have us contemplate our personal morality – and that of the human race as a whole – long after we leave the theatre.

In a 1986 essay by playwright Wallace Shawn – excerpted in the program – the message is explained clearly in his own words: “I’ve written a play in which it’s hard to say whether you like some of the people or you don’t like them…the things people say are a complex jumble of lies, truth, half-truth, rationality, and irrationality.” Shawn ends the paragraph saying these are the same things he encounters when speaking with his friends and interacting with the world at large. Continue reading Review: Aunt Dan and Lemon (Shadowtime Productions)

Review: Kill Your Parents In Viking, Alberta (Storefront Arts Initiative/Blood Pact Theatre)

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My first and last impressions of Kill Your Parents In Viking, Alberta were “wow.” The show is a co-production of the Storefront Arts Initiative and Blood Pact Theatre and currently plays at The Storefront Theatre. It is a dark comedy with focus on the highs and lows of three siblings meeting after the death of their grandmother.

My first “wow” came the moment I stepped into the theatre space. The set, designed by co-writer Bryce Hodgson and Producer and Production Manager Bri Proke, was like every suburban kitchen I have ever set foot in. The older appliances, worn table and chairs perfectly capture the Canadian small-town aesthetic. Continue reading Review: Kill Your Parents In Viking, Alberta (Storefront Arts Initiative/Blood Pact Theatre)

I’m Not Here (Composite Theatre Company)

ImNotHere-400x399Composite Theatre’s I’m Not Here is a clever and polished production, playing at hub14 as part of the 2016 SummerWorks Festival.

I’m Not Here is about the downward spiral and loss of identity of Ariana, played with a yearning innocence by Alex Petrachuk. The yearning being for an idea of who she really is and what the world is about, and the innocence in her questioning how the world is so complex. Continue reading I’m Not Here (Composite Theatre Company)

Daughter (Quiptake/Pandemic Theatre) 2016 SummerWorks Review

DaughterAdam Lazarus is both delightful and depraved in Daughter, a co-production of QuipTake and Pandemic Theatre, currently playing as part of the 2016 SummerWorks Festival at the Factory Theatre Studio.

I have been reviewing theatre for over a year now. This is the first show I have seen where I don’t want to write a review. I just want to say, go and experience it, as I feel anything I write will take away from the true — almost philosophical — experience of Daughter. Continue reading Daughter (Quiptake/Pandemic Theatre) 2016 SummerWorks Review