All posts by Lin Young

Lin Young is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Queen’s University by day, an insatiable theatre-goer by night. She truly loves seeing innovative indie theatre, the strange sort of hole-in-the-wall shows that big companies would never take a risk on. She’s seen plays in basements, gardens, bars, and in old dilapidated houses, to name a few. She’s always on the lookout for the next theatrical experiment in the city, and loves seeing shows that have some quality of fantasy, historicity, or strangeness to them – especially if they involve puppets! She tweets about theatre, comics and the 19th century at @linkeepsitreal.

Review: The Importance of Being Earnest (Alumnae Theatre)

Gwendolyn and CEcilyOscar Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people” arrives on the Toronto stage

The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s most beloved play (and also, coincidentally, the play that was running during his infamous trial, which caused it to close early back in 1895). It’s easy to see why it’s his most famous theatrical work: it’s a sparkling, witty, joyously silly romp that playfully lampoons Victorian society’s preoccupations with convention, appearances, sexuality and marriage.

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Daily Picks from our Raves at the Toronto Fringe 2018 (July 12th)

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Only a few days left of the Toronto Fringe Festival! As the days dwindle, we still have some raves of fabulous shows left to highlight from our extensive list of reviews of every show in the festival. Which shows are you going to prioritize in the next few days? Hopefully we can help, as today’s rave feature Canadian fairy tales, intergalactic hippos, and spirit-rapping!

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Feature: Spotlight on Queer Theatre at the 2018 Toronto Fringe

There are certain genres of theatre that show up again and again at the Fringe, be they solo shows, puppet shows, or improv. For me, personally, one of the highlights of the Fringe is the sheer number and quality of shows that feature queer characters or story lines, and particularly those on offer from queer creators. From musicals to burlesque to one-woman shows, here are five randomly selected queer-themed shows for you to check out this season, and what we had to say about them! Continue reading Feature: Spotlight on Queer Theatre at the 2018 Toronto Fringe

Moonstruck (Paloma Nuñez and Sarah Hillier) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Moonstruck company from Moonstruck.Moonstruck, an improv show playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival, has a fairly simple premise: the company listens to one audience member’s dream and then builds a show around it. The cast–Jess Bryson, Ken Hall, Sarah Hillier, Sean Tabares, Jess Grant, Andy Hull, Paloma Nunez, and Kevin Whalen –not all of whom were present on opening night, then got to work building scenes designed to interpret it. Continue reading Moonstruck (Paloma Nuñez and Sarah Hillier) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Paradise Lost (Rabbit in a Hat Productions) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Paul Van Dyck and puppets from Paradise Lost at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival.While Rabbit in a Hat ProductionsParadise Lost serves as an adaptation of John Milton’s epic poem about the Fall of Man, this is unmistakably a stage show rather than a poetry reading. What I mean by that is yes, the words are all Milton’s (and they are beautiful words), but the production also uses projections, puppetry, and poetry to enhance and interpret them for the stage, bringing a unique and powerful version of the story to the Toronto Fringe Festival.

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Entrances and Exits (The Howland Company) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Liz Johnston and Ruth Goodwin doing a spit-take from Entrances and ExitsThe Howland Company‘s Entrances and Exits, currently playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival, has a simple premise. Act one takes place in a living room, and involves characters coming in and out of doors at random intervals. Act two flips the scene to the other side of the door, and in classic farce style, lets the audience in on what’s been happening in the other room during the first act. The twist? It’s entirely improvised by the cast. Continue reading Entrances and Exits (The Howland Company) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

A Perfect Romance (ArtworldStudioProductions) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

The main conceit of ArtworldStudioProduction‘s A Perfect Romance, currently playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival, is this: two statues of Mars and Venus–also known as Marte (Aldo Milea) and Venere (Ilaria Passeri)–come to life and reminisce about their past together through the decades, lamenting the fate of the world but also looking forward to the future. This time-transcending meeting between two lovers is told through live music, dance, and poetry.

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Six Stories, Told at Night (Gangway! Theatre Co.) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Blythe Haynes in Six Stories, Told at NightAdapted from the award-winning podcast of the same name, Gangway! Theatre Company’s Six Stories, Told at Night, currently playing at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival, is a lyrical story about the ambiguous traumas of heartbreak and loss; but it’s also a mythic epic of self-discovery, empathy, identity formation, and the transformative power of storytelling. Most vitally, however, Six Stories is a fairy tale.

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Police Cops in Space (The Pretend Men) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Nathan Parkinson and Zachary Hunt from Police Cops in Space.So, Toronto. We need to talk about The Pretend Men‘s Police Cops in Space at the Toronto Fringe Festival. Specifically, why you shouldn’t even bother reading this review and just go see it, pronto. I mean, I’m going to write you a review anyway, but you can just go ahead and buy a ticket to this hysterical, outrageous, madcap hurricane of a show now and rest assured you won’t be disappointed.

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