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Review: Gray (Theatre Inamorata)

Toronto playwright Kristofer Van Solen updates Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray in his new play

Photo of Tenille Read and Ximena Huizi Theatre Inamorata‘s Gray, a daring, original play written by Toronto native Kristofer Van Solen, is about the struggle of complacency and failure in this modern age of hustle.

The performance takes place in a secret backspace above a convenience store on College street. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect upon entrance, but to my surprise, I ended up with an expertly crafted production that made for an awesome, thought-provoking night of theatre.

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Review: The Odd Couple (Jaybird Productions)

Picture of Gord Peters and Jack Ferdman.The Odd Couple, on stage in Toronto, did not pair all that well with our reviewer

The Odd Couple, written by Neil Simon, is a play about what happens when a total slob of a bachelor shacks up with an uptight, anxious clean freak. We’ve seen this sort of “unlikely pair” buddy comedy time and time again, but The Odd Couple put it on the map. so you can only guess how excited I was to see how Jaybird Productions would interpret such an iconic play.

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Review: Nunsense (The Civic Light Opera Company)

Photo of the cast of NunsenseNunsense is a hilarious comedic musical on stage at the Zion Cultural Centre in Toronto

I have a kinda funny relationship with Nunsense. It all started in my last year of high school. I really, really wanted our drama department to put on the musical, Once on this Island so I rounded up a bunch of my fellow musical theatre geek friends and put together a proposal.Our drama teacher looked it over and suggested that we do something a little more “simple” and easy to pull off instead that maybe doesn’t involve a cast of 20+ characters set on the Caribbean Sea. He suggested Nunsense. We were disappointed that we couldn’t do our original plan, so we just dropped the whole thing, but Nunsense always stuck in my mind for some reason.

Now, here I am ten years later finally getting to see what this show is about, courtesy of The Civic Light Opera Company and let me tell you… this company has pulled it off with class, pizzazz and all of the nun-related humor one would expect from a show with a title like Nunsense.

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Review: Lady Gaga: #ARTBIRTH (Sara Schwartz Geller Productions)

Photo of Athena ReichSinger Athena Reich brings Lady Gaga to life on the Toronto stage in #ARTBIRTH

Lady Gaga: #ARTBIRTH is a cabaret show meets glam-pop concert playing at the Berkeley Street Theatre. Athena Reich, our Gaga for the night, hits all the money notes and if it were a “who can sing like Gaga competition”, she would absolutely win hands down. However, we came to see a “show” and unfortunately…Lady Gaga: #ARTBIRTH didn’t deliver.

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Pearl Harbour’s Chautauqua (Justin Miller) 2017 SummerWorks Review

Photo of Pearle Harbour Pearl Harbour’s Chautauqua is a fresh and funny immersive theatre piece currently playing at this year’s SummerWorks Theatre Festival, written and performed by the genius Justin Miller.

The entire show takes place in a cozy canvas tent set up in the backstage area of the Pia Bouman Theatre. As I took my assigned seat on bench number 5, I see Pearle Harbour enter, dressed like an old-timey flight attendant with a 1920’s New York accent to match.

She promised us that by the end of the night, we will be rid of all of our pain and sorrows. I’ll tell you one thing, with stage presence like that — I would believe pretty much anything this woman told me.

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Portrait (The Dietrich Group) 2017 SummerWorks Review

Photo of Danielle Baskerville and Robert KingsburyPortrait, produced by The Dietrich Group, is a charming dance-theatre piece depicting the ups and downs of an intimate relationship between two lovers, playing at this year’s SummerWorks Theatre Festival.

I’m not usually the type of person who goes for dance-oriented works, but Portrait proved to be a very accessible and beautiful performance, with some masterful athletics behind it.

The one word I would use to describe the choreography in Portrait is “interesting”. There were some very creative shapes, gestures and textures that I have never seen before in any dance show.

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Becoming Me (Something In The Six Theatre Company) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Blake Canning, Kevin Doe, Charlin McIsaac, Ted Powers, Alexandra Reed, Jessica Watters

Becoming Me, produced by Something In The Six Theatre Company, is a touching original musical about the struggles of depression as seen through the eyes of Andrew, a high-strung twenty-something who moves out of his abusive father’s house in search of independence, only to get diagnosed with a mental illness soon after.

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