All posts by Joanna Haughton

Joanna is an actor and Tv host living and working in Toronto. Her acting exploits can be found at JoannaHaughton.com. She owns and operates the fashion and lifestyle blog ModaMama.

Ladies-in-Waiting (Little Black Dress Theatre) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

Being what some might call slightly obsessed with King Henry VIII and his wives, I was eager to see Ladies-In-Waiting at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival playing at Theatre Passe Muraille. The play centers around the Henry’s five dead wives as they congregate in the room waiting for him to die. Imagine putting five women, many of whom don’t like one another very much, who have shared the same man in a room and you get a sense of what happens in Ladies-In-Waiting.

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U.S. Drag (Zaw Theatre Productions) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

You’ll find one of the most deliciously awkward double dates in U.S. Drag at the 2012 Toronto Fringe Festival playing at the Randolph Theatre. It’s also just one of the many wonderfully uncomfortable social situations in the play. The story follows Angela, played by Zoe Gamache, and Allison, played by Samara Stern, as they navigate modern urban life in the context of a support group trying to survive the attacker “Ed.”

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Release The Stars: The Ballad of Randy and Evi Quaid (God is in the Dairy) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

How do you kill? That is the central question of Release the Stars: The Ballad of Randy and Evi Quaid, playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival this year as a site specific show at the SIX20SEVEN Gallery. It’s the question I walked away thinking about. In the show, Daniel Krolik and Amanda Barker use the real life story of Randy and Evi Quaid to illustrate human wonder and human folly in all its glory. They take you on the wild ride that starts with Evi’s childhood, continues to her meeting Randy, and ends with their refugee status in Canada and eventual disappearance from public life.

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A Madhouse Dramedy (Stage Mage Productions) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

 Witty and unique word play coupled with psychiatric humor? Yes, please.

I love playing with the English language, whether it’s word games, Shakespeare, or witty Mamet-esque banter, probably more than the average person. So I was, understandably, positively inclined towards A Madhouse Dramedy playing at St. Vladimir’s Theatre as part of the Toronto 2012 Fringe Festival from the get go.

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