Pearl Harbour’s Chautauqua is a fresh and funny immersive theatre piece currently playing at this year’s SummerWorks Theatre Festival, written and performed by the genius Justin Miller.
The entire show takes place in a cozy canvas tent set up in the backstage area of the Pia Bouman Theatre. As I took my assigned seat on bench number 5, I see Pearle Harbour enter, dressed like an old-timey flight attendant with a 1920’s New York accent to match.
She promised us that by the end of the night, we will be rid of all of our pain and sorrows. I’ll tell you one thing, with stage presence like that — I would believe pretty much anything this woman told me.
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Portrait, produced by The Dietrich Group, is a charming dance-theatre piece depicting the ups and downs of an intimate relationship between two lovers, playing at this year’s SummerWorks Theatre Festival.
I’m not usually the type of person who goes for dance-oriented works, but Portrait proved to be a very accessible and beautiful performance, with some masterful athletics behind it.
The one word I would use to describe the choreography in Portrait is “interesting”. There were some very creative shapes, gestures and textures that I have never seen before in any dance show.
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Becoming Me, produced by Something In The Six Theatre Company, is a touching original musical about the struggles of depression as seen through the eyes of Andrew, a high-strung twenty-something who moves out of his abusive father’s house in search of independence, only to get diagnosed with a mental illness soon after.
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WILD/WALLED is a daring contemporary dance piece exploring the barriers put on us by society and the “wildness” within us that fights against them. It is produced by Half Second Echo in association with Alison Daley and Tracy Norman.
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The “F” Word, produced by SaMel Tanz, is a dance show that celebrates being a woman in all of it’s glory — bras and all. Everything from Modern technique to Argentine Tango to Krump was explored, each number having it’s own unique approach to a different topic surrounding feminism.
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Lipstique (produced by Mix Mix Collective) really “piqued” my interest when I came across it on the Fringe listings. I saw a picture of possibly the most interesting gang of dancers I’ve ever seen. I just knew I had to check it out at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival.
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Anesti Danelis is just a boy with a guitar who wants to find the love that’s gone missing in this topsy-turvy world. In his show, “Songs For A New World Order” produced by his own company, Third Wheel; the audience is taken through a series of clever songs about everything from slow walkers on the TTC to accidentally kidnapping babies all tied up in an optimistic bow. Continue reading Songs For A New World Order (Third Wheel) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review
Shove It Down My Throat brought raw, living theatre to the Toronto stage
Judging by the title alone, I knew I was in for an edgy night of theatre and I definitely got it.
Pandemic Theatre Company‘s Shove It Down My Throat, which played for one night only as part of the Buddies In Bad Times Residency Program, is a docu-play investigating a series of stabbings at a LGBTQ New Year’s Eve Party back in 2013. Johnny Walker has written emails to Luke O’Donovan, the gay teen who was thrown in jail for committing the act. Johnny enlists his friends to help him find the truth of what really happened that night, and finds out once and for all whether or not Luke is the gay rights poster boy he thought he was.
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