All posts by Jennifer Enchin

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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