All posts by Jennifer Enchin

Review: Where There’s A Will (Sawitri Theatre)

Where There’s A Will comes to the Alumnae in Toronto

Sawitri Theatre‘s Where There’s A Will, currently playing at the Alumnae Theatre, is a wildly clever two-act comedy penned by renowned Indian playwright Mahesh Dattani. The play shines a light on the lives of a dysfunctional middle-class Indian family as they verbally duke out their deep-seated inter-familial qualms.

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Review: Punk Rock (The Howland Company)

“Stunning” and “relevant” Punk Rock takes to the Toronto stage

The Howland Company’s production of Simon Stephen’s Punk Rock holds incredible power. The material itself is already strong, and the expert cast and creative team just pushes it that much further. It is quite literally one of the most “stunning” plays I’ve personally ever seen (second to Buddies In Bad Times’ 2011 production of The Normal Heart). Consider all the school shootings that have happened in the last year, and the stakes in Punk Rock couldn’t be higher.

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Review: Inch of Your Life: Episode 1 (The Theatre Circuit)

“Unbelievably thrilling” play lands on the Toronto stage

The Theatre Circuit’s Inch of Your Life: Episode 1 is what happens when you cross a sleek, made-for-tv dramedy with the passion and gusto of 8 expert stage actors.

Inch of Your Life: Episode 1 runs like a one-hour TV episode. The scenes switch back and forth between the A, B and C stories with your classic “sitcom transition music” in between. It’s thrilling, innovative and one of the most unique presentations of theatre I’ve seen on a Canadian stage.

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Review: Person of Interest (Lunkamud)

Melody A. Johnson delivered top-notch comedy in her solo show at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto

Person of Interest is a one woman show for the ages expertly written and performed by the undeniable Melody A. Johnson.

Johnson plays herself, an actress in a sort of “transitionary” period in her life. When she moves into her new house, she finds out that the neighbours speak fluent “dick” (her words not mine) and eventually reaches a point of desperation where she’ll do anything to get them to move out, even if it means breaking the law… Cue Law and Order transition music.

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Review: Cake (New Harlem Productions/Theatre Passe Muraille)

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard’s play Cake, now playing in Toronto, studies the human condition

Cake is an interesting study of the human condition as it relates to money, power and manipulation.

In the first few moments of Cake, we see Femi (Yolanda Bonnell) come forward into the light. She has a solemn energy and dark, depressing eyes that stir up my own sadness the second she looks my way. Out comes Mabo (Tsholo Khalema), who’s quiet focus is garnished with an endearing sort of twinkle in his look.

The two engage in a sort of replay of what I gather is a traumatic memory of an earthquake. Holding their stomachs in, they’re in pain… I’m not so sure what’s going on yet and twenty minutes later… I’m still not completely sure…

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Review: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Sweater (Second City)

Second City Brings Christmas Show to the Toronto Stage

Second City strikes again with it’s raging Christmas show, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Sweater. I remember seeing a sketch show at Second City about 5 years ago when I first moved to Toronto. It was like an initiation into the city. It was fresh, hilarious and chock full of all the Canadian pop culture references I could handle. The comedy mecca’s current Christmas-y instalment is everything you would expect from a Second City show…and dare I say…and then some?

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Review: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Hart House Theatre)

Photo of Erin Humpfrey, Vanessa Campbell, Braelyn Guppy, Amy Swift, Hugh Ritchie, Kevin Forster, John Wamsley, Hart House Theatre’s rendition of this campy musical is “imaginative” and “unique”, on stage in Toronto

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is now in session at the Hart House Theatre and after personally seeing four productions of this campy musical comedy in my lifetime, I’ve decided that Hart House’s rendition is by far the most imaginative and unique I’ve ever seen.

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Review: Matt and Ben (Radioactive Ladybird Productions)

A hilarious look at Hollywood’s favorite best friend duo, Matt and Ben took the stage in Toronto

Photo of Laura Salvas and Seema LakhaniOnly someone like Mindy Kaling can write something as outrageous and wonderful as Matt and Ben and Radioactive Ladybird’s production of this trying tale on how Matt Damon and Ben Affleck actually wrote Good Will Hunting is exactly the kind of wacked-out comedy I was hoping for.

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