All posts by Jess Gillis

Jess is an East coast transplant to Toronto who stumbled into her love of theatre via her social media gig at Ballyhoo Push Pin Media, and stumbled into review writing via an open call to cover the 2015 Fringe Festival for MoT. In addition to writing for MoT, she also blogs about dating, white supremacy, fat politics, theatre, graphic design, and sex at thejessgillis.blogspot.com. She’s a self-taught freelance graphic designer by trade, and a visual artist by passion. She sells and displays her wares at jessgillis.com. She’s passionate about laughter, anti-oppression, sex workers’ rights, body positivity, vegan food, cycling, good TV, and swimming. If you want to follow her foodie, nail art, and pet sitting posts, you can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @TheJessGillis

The Assembly: Episode 1 (Porte Parole/Crow’s Theatre)

Image of a man hollering into a microphoneA new play in Toronto raises tempers, a lot of questions, and the bar on audience participation

Full disclosure: I heard about THE ASSEMBLY: EPISODE 1 (on stage at The Streetcar Crowsnest) from my friend Shayne, a participant in the project around which tonight’s production was created. When I read this description “…a thrilling theatrical response to the rise of extremism and tribalism in political discourse today. This documentary play invites the left and the right to face each other in a live setting and to attempt to transcend their ideological labels through listening”, I knew I had to see it.

I’m glad I did. While indeed thrilling, I also found in THE ASSEMBLY: EPISODE 1 a funny, thought-provoking event that blended strong opinions, humour, and emotions with imagination and tactility.

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Playlistings in Toronto for the week of July 16th

Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of July 16th, 2018

Toronto live theatre for the week of July 16th, 2018. Welcome back to regular post-Fringe coverage! We hope you’re well-rested and ready for more live theatre! If you need some help deciding what to see this wee, our Assistant Editor Jess is on hand with a few of her top picks in red. Check them out below the cut:

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Playlistings in Toronto for the week of June 25th

Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of June 25th, 2018

Toronto live theatre for the week of June 25th, 2018. It’s that time of year when Toronto’s vibrant theatre scene offers more by way of outdoor venues: enjoy some Shakespeare in the park, or some adventures on the open (lake Ontario) seas! Our Editor Samantha is on hand with a few of her top picks in red. Check them out below the cut:

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