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 (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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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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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.
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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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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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Ok…it’s only the first day of Fringe and I think I’ve already found my favorite show. What is happening!? Is it a full moon? Am I on my period? Am I being blinded by love chemicals? No…Emotional Labour is just that good.
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Becoming 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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This original musical explores toxic masculinity, played at the Red Sandcastle Theatre in Toronto
I 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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Soulpepper’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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