Our Swabby by Pirate Life was a fun afternoon for my son and his friend. The grown-ups had a great time too. After getting our pirate names, attire, and rugged tattoos we set sail for an adventure aboard a pirate ship on the high seas of Toronto harbour. The cast rotates and the production is loosely scripted with significant improvisation based on audience participation, so each adventure is a little bit different. Continue reading Kid +1 Review: Our Swabby (Pirate Life)
Black Ballerina by Syreeta Hector playing at The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen Street West) as part of the 2019 SummerWorks Festival, is visual storytelling at its finest.
Syreeta Hector exploits and expands on ballet training in this solo dance performance. She explores the complexities of her Black, Indigenous identity manifesting within the confines of a highly traditional, Eurocentric art form.
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Closer by Vice Versa Company playing at Toronto Media Arts Centre (32 Lisgar St.) as part of the 2019 SummerWorks Festival, redefines traditional understandings of “upstage” and “downstage” by using a Parkdale alley spanning a city block as the performance space. It was somewhat daunting to sign a liability waiver and be led into a dark alley in advance of this performance, but the show was not at all scary. Continue reading Closer (Vice Versa) 2019 SummerWorks Review
By the time I walked out of Wah Wah Wah by Celia Jade Green – playing at The Theatre Centre as part of the 2019 SummerWorks Festival – I felt relieved to no longer be an attractive 20-something woman. Continue reading Wah Wah Wah (Celia Jade Green) 2019 SummerWorks Review
The pomegranate is an ancient symbol of the circle of life and death. In Pomegranate Opera‘s world premier production Pomegranate, by composer Kye Marshall and librettist Amanda Hale, this timeless symbol is used as a metaphor for the eternal and resilient nature of love that threatens social conventions. Continue reading Review: Pomegranate (Pomegranate Opera)