Explore your neurotic side with Escape From Happiness, at Toronto’s Red Sandcastle Theatre
The holidays are upon us. What better way to celebrate that looming cheer than with a dose of family dysfunction courtesy of George F. Walker?
Escape From Happiness begins with Junior lying on the floor of his mother-in-law’s home, badly beaten, the victim of a home invasion.
The ensuing two-and-a-half hour performance falls just short of hilarity: it is a comedic drama, after all. The disjointed family enlists the help of Elizabeth, the eldest of the three daughters and a lawyer, to figure out what happened and to save the family from moral and legal collapse. Continue reading Review: Escape From Happiness (WhobeatupJunior Equity Co-op) →
Theatre Direct presents a story of hope and survival at Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre
Binti’s Journey is a coming-of-age story of hope, survival, family and love. The titular character, Binti, lives with her father and her two older siblings, Junie and Kwasi in Blantyre, Malawi. Her father owns a profitable coffin-making business and Binti, a very special thirteen year old, is an actor on a radio drama.
Tragedy strikes when the three children lose their father to AIDS-related pneumonia. The family is separated. Kwasi goes to live with an uncle in Monkey Bay while Junie and Binti go to live with other relatives who rob and exploit them. Junie leaves without a word and Binti travels to the country to live with her grandmother, Gogo, at the latter’s orphanage. Continue reading Review: Binti’s Journey (Theatre Direct/Young People’s Theatre) →
Women in tubs reaveal all in The Drowning Girls, at Toronto’s Alumnae Theatre.
The Drowning Girls (Alumnae Theatre Company) is written by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson and Daniela Vlaskalic, and directed by Taryn Jorgenson. It is the story of the notorious Brides in the Bath killer, George Joseph Smith, told from the perspective of Alice, Bessie, and Margaret, three women who loved him and who paid for that love with their lives. Continue reading Review: The Drowning Girls (Alumnae Theatre Company) →
SOULO (SoulOTheatre), directed by Tracey Erin Smith, is playing at Robert Gill (214 College Street, 3rd Floor) at the Toronto Fringe Festival. SOULO features the stories of three queer identified performers: Terrance Bryant, Marco Bernardi and DJ Edwards. Mistress of ceremonies, Mckenzi Scott, clad in Moulin Rouge attire, introduces us to the traveling soul circus where our transformation begins.
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I went to opening night of One In A Million (a micromusical) at the Randolph Theatre at Toronto Fringe Festival. The show is billed as a comedy but I am deep in the throes of a philosophical quandary as I write this.
We struggle a great deal as human beings. We feel joy and pain, anxiety and neuroses, love and lust. Imagine how much more stressful the life span of a single sex cell is?
One In A Million (a micromusical), written by Ron Fromstein and directed by Steve Morel, is the story of conception told from the perspective of some very earnest sperm cells and a very eager and impatient ovum, the Great ‘She’, and her ovaries-in-waiting.
Continue reading One In A Million: A Micromusical (Fringetastic!) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review →