All posts by Jen Norman

Review: Much Ado About Nothing (Canadian Stage)

Canadian Stage reimagines Shakespearean comedy with quirky and lively staging at Toronto’s High Park

Normally, Shakespeare doesn’t compel you to do the macarena, but Canadian Stage‘s production of Much Ado About Nothing, one of its two Shakespeare in High Park summer performances, takes us on a colourful ride that injects some fun and originality into the tale of a “merry war”.

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July 12 Rave Roundup for the 2019 Toronto Fringe

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There’s still a few days left to check out the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival! If you want to make the most out of your theatre-going this week, here’s a look at a few rave reviews.

These are shows that blew our writers’ minds, got them talking, kept them enthralled, stuck with them, and made their editor write a list of exciting descriptive actions.

While we always encourage audiences to take risks at Fringe, here are some sharp picks that especially paid off for our team:

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An Utterly Stupid Indefensible Thing (Sock Monkey Collective) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

An Utterly Stupid Indefensible Thing playing at Toronto Fringe 2019. Performers Scott Kuipers (foreground) and Marc Blanchard (projected image in background). Photographer: Marc Blanchard

An Utterly Stupid Indefensible Thing by Sock Monkey Collective takes us along for an hour-long deep dive into the relationship between media, bullying, and grief. Creative duo Marc-Andre Blanchard and Scott Kuipers turn the stage at Streetcar Crowsnest Mainspace into a pressure cooker at Toronto Fringe 2019.

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Sincerely, The Rebels Club (Once More With Feeling Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Cast of Sincerely, The Rebels Club. Photo by Ivan Hutomo featuring Jon Champagne, Jennifer-Beth Hanchar, David Rowan, Jamie Champagne, Sarah Kolasky

Sincerely, The Rebels Club combines two great tastes that taste great together – Star Wars and The Breakfast ClubThe result is a bright and eccentric palette cleanser. Produced by Once More With Feeling, this show is a fun treat to lighten up your Toronto Fringe adventures, onstage at Tarragon Theatre Mainspace.

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SKETCHY ADVENTURES IN THE ENCHANTED FOREST (Playing with Fire Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Cast L-R: Damien Gulde, Grace Munro, and Amy Slattery in Sketchy Adventures in the Enchanted Forest. Photo by Jon Chaters.

Sketchy Adventures in the Enchanted Forest, created by Playing with Fire Productions, transforms the Al Green Theatre into a magical faraway land for Toronto Fringe 2019. However, like any good fairy tale, we should be careful what we wish for.

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Fuckboys the Musical (Generation Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo: Cast of Fuckboys the Musical. Left to right: Kendall Leamy, Joseph Adam Gonzalez, Savanah Pedersen, Brandon Munoz-Dominguez, Beth Ann Stripling, Nicole Visco, and Hayley VerValin. Photo by Aaron Safer

Fuckboys the Musical rings in the Toronto Fringe Festival on a high note. A loud, hilarious, literally high-on-ecstacy note in 4-part harmony. Blowing up the stage at Streetcar Crowsnest Mainspace, this show by Generation Productions is a punchy girls-night-out for anyone who’s been down the bumpy road that is modern friendships and dating.

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