I was REALLY looking forward to going to Tales Of A Cocktail at Al Green Theatre, it had my name written all over it. Old timey jazz music? Check. Vintage costumes? Check. Cocktails? Double check! I’m a huge fan of these “story through dance” shows or “dansicals” as some people like to call them. I assumed that Tales Of A Cocktail would be similar to shows like “Come Fly Away” (that’s “fly” not “from”!) or “Contact” and I quickly found out that the choreographer was definitely striving for that category.
An Orchid And Other Such Lilies And Lies (playing at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival) is an interesting, “existential” style play that follows two old friends on their quest to end their lives in the middle of the desert. It’s a study on grief and how one’s perspective on life can change when faced with the enigma of death.
Oh my Doug…what did I get myself into. These were the words that crossed my mind about 3 minutes into The Worst: a DoFo Inspired Musical at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival. I was convinced that I would have to give it a negative review, but that sentiment slowly, but surely turned around by the end of this ad hoc Fringe show.
The promotional images for News Play looked very intriguing. Most of them basically involved the cast of actors laying on the floor with head casts that say “news” in permanent marker on them, yeah… I was sold.
Every year at the Toronto Fringe Festival, I like to try and cover at least one musical, because A: I’m a full-on musical theatre super nerd, and B: because they’re just awesome, ok?
Every Silver Lining was my musical of choice this year and man, did it ever deliver. It reminded me why (in my humble, musical theatre geekazoid opinion) musical theatre is the BEST form of entertainment out there.