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

what it’s like (adelheid / The Theatre Centre)

what_its_like_photoAdelheid’s what it’s like is an “extremely ambitious” immersive experience, on stage now in Toronto

Adelheid‘s what it’s like – on stage now at The Theatre Centre – is one of those shows that leaves me both exhilarated and totally bewildered as to what to say about it. As is typical of The Theatre Centre, calling it a performance feels stingy.

what it’s like was an engaging, immersive experience. It aims to bring us, the audience, into a shared space, to both witness and challenge our notions of comfort, agency, responsibility, complicity, and brotherhood. I’m not sure that’s what happened, but I am sure it was a pretty incredible night.

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Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of September 20

Five Shows Under $25 in Toronto this Week

This week features a great array of freebies and budget-friendly choices, and a great selection of themes. From infant-targeted shows, to true stories, to women in contemporary theatre, this is a great chance to experience the wonderful diversity and richness of Toronto’s indie scene. Check out the listings below the cut.

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Playlistings in Toronto for the Week of September 19th

Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of September 19th.

This week features a great selection of cheap shows and openers! Whether you fancy love stories, music, story-driven theatre, or even something your baby will enjoy, Toronto has you covered this week. To help you narrow down your choice(s), our assistant editor Jess is here to pick out her most-anticipated shows in red text!

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Review: Kingdom (Contra Theatre)

photo of Kingdom castContra Theatre’s Kingdom tackles a complex, disturbing subject with nuanced precision

Seeing Contra Theatre‘s Kingdom tonight at Tarragon Theatre satisfied dual parts of me: the part that loves morbidly creepy stories, and the part that loves really good theatre.

Kingdom is a story about long-term captivity and the complicated ways that can play out. It’s about memory, imagination, and how humans can and do adapt to terrifyingly horrible circumstances.

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West Side Story (Lower Ossington Theatre)

west_side_story_by_Shaun_McPhersonThe LOT brings the classic musical love story to the Toronto stage

I had the pleasure of seeing the Lower Ossington Theatre‘s mounting of the classic musical West Side Story tonight. The LOT‘s version was an ambitious, lively take on a story I’d only ever seen on film and in print.

If you’re someone who managed to escape high school without having read the book, its premise is a “modern” (relative to its time) Romeo-and-Juliet tale of doomed love between two people from different — and racially divided — worlds.

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Dario et la Diablesse: A Caribbean Musical (Bellemoune Théâtre Troupe Inc) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

Promotional image of Dario et la DiablesseI had the pleasure of seeing Dario et la Diablesse: A Caribbean Musical tonight (Bellemoune Théâtre Troupe Inc.), which is playing at Al Green Theatre, as part of The 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival!

This show has so much going for it: a great cast, amazing music, humour, and a fascinating story. To me it needs just a bit of attention to detail to really bring it home.

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House of Vinyl (Glacity Theatre Collective) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of performersHouse of Vinyl, by Glacity Theatre Collective, is on at the Robert Gill Theatre as part of The 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival!

I got to see it this evening, and I wish I had better news to report. I’m still not entirely sure what to make this of this strange production about bubble-imbibing, hallucinating vinyl lovers.

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Plus One (Backyard Spaceship) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Gavin WilliamsBackyard Spaceship’s Plus One, playing at the Tarragon Theatre as part of The 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival has a pretty unique concept.

Gavin Williams — whose intended improv buddy got called away on serious comedy duty — will be performing with a different “Plus One” from the audience each night. His partner — as well as various elements he must incorporate into the show — are mysteries to him until show time.

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A Bitter Shrew (The Theatre Elusive) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Gillian English

Lucking into seeing The Theatre Elusive’s A Bitter Shrew at the Tarragon Theatre Solo Room during The 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival apparently made some of my fellow reviewers a tad bit jealous!

After seeing the hilariously honest, touching, and slightly risqué one-woman patriarchy-smashing show, I can understand why. The good news: you still have time to catch it!

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