All posts by Karen Seeley

Restless Spirit (Lago di Lupi Productions) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Catherine Meyer and Nicole Marie McCafferty in Restless SpiritThe Toronto Fringe Festival has offered up a real gem with Restless Spirit, produced by Lago di Lupi Productions, playing at Theatre Passe Muraille – Mainspace.

Restless Spirit explores the question of whether or not ghosts exist, and if those who claim to communicate with them are all frauds, bent on exploiting the bereaved.

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Fine China (The Woodlands Theatre Company) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Show poster for Fine China I enjoy that the Toronto Fringe Festival has smaller plays that allow glimpses into the lives of a single family. Fine China, produced by The Woodlands Theatre Company, and playing at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse is a peek into the relationship struggles of two sisters of an immigrant family, brought together after the death of their father.

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Cheri (Cheri-on-the-Run Productions) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Show poster for CheriThe Toronto Fringe Festival offers such variety, and I’m glad that I chose to see Cheri, produced by Cheri-on-the-Run Productions at the Al Green Theatre. As an aging woman, I can tell you that older women are are invisible in media. Finally, representation! Still, this play can be funny and engaging for all.

 

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Review: Out the Window (The Theatre Centre/Luminato)

Promotional illustration by Syrus Marcus Ware entitled Same As It Ever WasOut the Window explores a first hand account of local police brutality, on stage in Toronto

There were a couple of things that intrigued me about Out the Window, playing as part of the Luminato Fesival in partnership with The Theatre Centre, playing at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. One is that it tackles the controversial topic of police violence, and another is that it refers to an incident that occurred locally in Toronto. The Political Science major in me wanted to know more details of what has since become political.

The story of what happened is literally seen through the eyes of playwright Liza Balkan, who came forward as a witness to the death of Otto Vass at the hands of the Toronto police, and relates her experience of the justice system.

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Review: It’s A Goddamn Stupid Life (Imaginary Solutions Co.)

Speculative Trump-inspired comedy takes to the Toronto stage

The Political Science major in me was excited to see the play, It’s a Goddamn Stupid Life, now playing at the Solar Stage at Wychwood Theatre. It promised political satire in the near future (2025) when Trump has somehow managed to get a third term in office.

This play is not specifically about Trump, but about the political climate surrounding him, as seen through the story of Harvey Ubu (Damien Gulde) and the sex robot he has created, Mary Ann (Andrea Werhun), as well as the main character Dave Kafka (Neal Armstrong), a creative who just wants to be a jazz musician and is trying to put a perfect band together. These characters are perfect vehicles for taking a shot at the prevalence of misogyny and other capitalistic ills in society.

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