All posts by Jennifer Enchin

Tales Of A Cocktail (Breakaway Entertainment) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Picture of Alayna Kellet, Alexa Stavro and Adam Martino in Tales Of A Cocktail

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.

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An Orchid And Other Such Lilies And Lies (BodyCube) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Picture of David Woroner and Daniel Halpern in An Orchid And Other Such Lilies And Lies

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.

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The Worst: a DoFo Inspired Musical (Meow Wow) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

photo of cast of The Worst: a DoFo inspired musical

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.

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Every Silver Lining (Silver Lining Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Allison Wither, Laura Piccinin, Daniel Karp, Taha Arshad, Joel Cumber, Sara Stahmer, Dale Miller, Jada Rifkin, Ben Skipper and Alison J Palmer

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.

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Congratulations! (Phat Artist) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Picture of Courtney Gilmour in Congratulations!

Courtney Gilmour’s one-person show (Congratulations! playing at the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival) is an endearing look into the life of a stand-up comedian living with a disability. Courtney, specifically: was born without hands and I gotta say, it was amazing to get an “inside look” into what it’s like for a woman with a visible disability to navigate the comedy scene. What a unique topic for a one-person show…

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Becoming Banksy (The Redwood)

Photo of Caitlin Driscoll, Anurag Choudhury and Daniel PagettBecoming Banksy, a new play about the enigmatic graffiti artist, makes its debut in Toronto

The joint is jumping at Toronto’s east-end studio meets arts space, Redwood Theatre, current home base of off-Broadway bound Becoming Banksy, a cheeky comedy written by NY-based writing duo, Cory Terry and Elan Wolf Farbiarz. Becoming Banksy chronicles the downward spiral of artist Will Banks (Anurag Choudhury) as he deals with accusations of being the mystery man himself while on vacation in Toronto.

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Review: Boys Don’t Cry (Basement Productions)

This original musical explores toxic masculinity, played at the Red Sandcastle Theatre in Toronto

Photo of Mateo Lewis and Ryan HopperI gotta say, I was a little apprehensive waiting for Boys Don’t Cry, playing at the Red Sandcastle Theatre, to begin. Sitting under fluorescent lights in a tiny black box theatre to the tune of the Falsettos cast recording made my mind go to some strange places. “What kind of show is this?”.

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Review: Orlando (Soulpepper)

Photo of Sarah Afful and Maeve BeattySoulpepper’s adaptation of classic novel, now on the Toronto stage, is “appealing all around”

The stage of the Michael Young Theatre is set as you walk in for Soulpepper‘s Orlando. It feels like we’re in the foyer of a Parisian castle. Then cast member John Jarvis sets down a white chair and announces the beginning of the Elizabethan age.

What follows is a playful romp through the pages of Virginia Woolf’s classic book, Orlando. A fantastical tale about a starry-eyed boy-poet who wakes up one day as a woman, Soulpepper’s stage rendition of Virginia Woolf’s classic novel is wildly charming, full of passion, play and wit.

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