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Review: Finding Freedom: The Joshua Glover Story (Toronto History Museums)

Site-specific historical drama illuminates local heritage in Toronto’s West End

Theatre can tell us fantastical stories and take us to extraordinary places. However, sometimes the most invigorating tales are the ones based in truth, or the ones in your own backyard. Finding Freedom: The Joshua Glover Story is an awe-inspiring example of such, using Etobicoke’s historic Montgomery’s Inn as the backdrop for the tale of an escaped slave and his life after escaping to Canada.

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Review: Much Ado About Nothing (Canadian Stage)

Canadian Stage re-imagines Shakespearean comedy with quirky 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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