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Review: Spring Awakening (Randolph Academy)

Randolph Academy Spring AwakeningPhenomenal performances in Randolph Academy’s Toronto production of rock musical Spring Awakening

It’s no secret that Spring Awakening – Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s rock musical about the trials and tribulations of sexually repressed teens in 19th century Germany – is one of my favourite plays of all time. So, when I was given the opportunity to review the Randolph Academy’s production of the play – cast with actual teenagers – I was delighted.

After seeing it, I’m kind of torn about how I feel about the Randolph Academy production. On the one hand, there are several really phenomenal performances in it and I loved the multi-harmonied sound of the full cast in some of the group numbers. On the other hand there are an equal number of moments where the staging is flat (and so are the singers).

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Review: Cabaret (Stageworks Toronto)

Stageworks Cabaret

Stageworks Toronto brings sexy raunch to the George Ignatieff Theatre in Cabaret

Stageworks Toronto‘s fascinating current production of Cabaret — playing at the George Ignatieff Theatre until July 26 — explores the seedy underbelly of sex, politics, and the death of the Jazz Age in Germany on the cusp of the rise of the Nazi’s political power.

Although it is less inclined towards spectacle, this Stageworks production is more successful at illuminating the darkness in Kander and Ebb‘s classic musical than any other production I’ve seen – including the critically acclaimed Roundabout Theatre Company revival(s) with Alan Cumming.

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Waiting for Alonzo (Empty Box Theatre Company) 2015 Toronto Fringe Review

Waiting for AlonzoWhat draws me to Empty Box Theatre Company‘s Waiting for Alonzo, now playing as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival, is the same thing that drew me to the 2013 Broadway revival of Waiting for Godot with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart: a funny, complex, and ultimately loving friendship between two compelling characters in the face of oblivion. Continue reading Waiting for Alonzo (Empty Box Theatre Company) 2015 Toronto Fringe Review

Deadmouse: The Musical (Malach Productions) 2015 Toronto Fringe Review

Deadmouse: The Musical

Move over Kinky Boots, there’s a new fun, fresh, high-energy musical in town: Deadmouse: The Musical. This play, which is destined to become one of the most successful of the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival, has all of the makings of a great instant cult classic: a smart and wacky story, a strong and hummable score, and a controversy that brought it to the public’s attention before it even opened.
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Cinderella: It ain’t over till the shoe fits (3 Little Bears Productions) 2015 Toronto Fringe Review

Cinderella: It ain't over till the shoe fits promotional photo
Like Shrek, the 3 Little Bears Productions‘ production Cinderella: It ain’t over till the shoe fits now playing at FringeKids! has something for both kids and adults. Their retelling of the classic fairytale is a cute way to spend an hour at the theatre with your children.

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