Burlesque, Greek Theatre, and Resistance collide in how.dare.collective’s adaptation of Lysistrata, performing as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival. First written and performed in ancient Athens by playwright Aristophanes, it is commonly found on the required reading list for most theatre undergrads. This production, however, is anything but a snoozer.
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Welcome to the Bunker! is an outing by Portius Productions that provides an escape from the looming end of the world – and from the gloomy tendencies of indie theatre. Playing at the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival, this production provides an unexpected ray of sunshine to the post-apocalyptic genre.
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What light from yonder window breaks? Slimer? Or so it goes in Shakespeare’s Ghostbusters, a retelling of the 80’s classic in Shakespearean verse put on by The Coincidence Men. Playing as part of the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival, it is a show that, for all its poetry, pretty well speaks for itself.
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Earth Tourist is a cheeky little show that addresses big questions like metaphysics and the human condition, staged by Chandelier Factory Productions for the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival.
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Bard in the Park tackles classic romance with wit and humour in Toronto’s Kew Gardens
Now in their 11th Season, Bard in the Park are community-based players that liven up Toronto’s Kew Gardens every summer with their performances. This year’s outing, Romeo and Juliet, is a well-rounded production with the courage to give the star-crossed lovers a little more life. While it is Shakespeare’s most famous romantic tragedy, Bard in the Park have staged a Romeo and Juliet that addresses the politics, comedy, and even hatred lurking within the antique text. It is a heartfelt performance, but with the cajones to veer into dark comedy. Shakespeare in the Park can often be harder than it looks. Continue reading Review: Romeo and Juliet (Bard in the Park)