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.

Scadding – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release:

Common Boots Theatre, in association with The Toronto Fringe Festival, is proud to present,

Scadding
A site-specific audio event

Created and performed by: Jennifer Brewin, Alex Bulmer, Leah Cherniak, Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah, John Gzowski, Maggie Huculak, Anand Rajaram, Jenny Salisbury, and Stephon Smith.
Directed by: Jennifer Brewin and Alex Bulmer
Sound design by: John Gzowski
Dramaturgy by: Leah Cherniak and Alex Bulmer

Grab your headphones and favourite pair of shoes for this walkabout audio event. Produced with binaural audio recording, the Cadillac of recording technology, 6 short plays bring to life the hidden, hilarious world of Scadding Court. This immersive audio experience bursts open the box of radio drama, bringing you right to where the story happens. Armed with a map and some helpful guides, find your own play while exploring the world of Dundas and Bathurst.

Adventure across the skate park, pool, playground, and fish tank that make up Scadding Court Community Centre. Bring your own headphones and device, or borrow one from our box office.

At the heart of this piece is the spectacular artistry of Jennifer Brewin (Jesse Richardson Award; Dora Mavor Moore Award; Armstrong Award for Excellence), Alex Bulmer (AMI International Radio Award; Dora Mavor Moore, Chalmers and BAFTA nominee; Society of Canadian Musicians Award) and John Gzowski (six-time Dora Mavor Moore Award; Juno Award nominee). Together, these three lead a powerful ensemble to leap the gap between physical and aural performance, asking the question “how can you hear someone slip on a banana peel?”

Joining Alex, John and Jennifer is an extraordinary group of theatre creators: Leah Cherniak(Chalmer’s Award; Pauline McGibbon Award; George Luscombe Award for Mentorship), Maggie Huculak (Dora Mavor Moore award; Chalmers award), Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah (Actra Toronto Award Nominee), Anand Rajaram (Dora Mavor Moore Award; Canadian Comedy Award Nominee), Jenny Salisbury (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts graduate; co-Artistic Director of Common Boots Theatre), and Stephon Smith ( 2019 Humber College Theatre Performance graduate).

Scadding – come see with your ears.

Audience Notes
Bring your own smartphone or tablet and headphones. We have a limited number to loan at the box office.
This show contains some coarse language.

Accessibility: This audio event has been imagined and produced with a diverse audience in mind.Access for Blind Audiences or those With Low Vision: Audiences who are Blind or have low vision will enjoy an audio-led performance. A professional sighted guide is available for each performance.

Touch Tours: Touch tours are available at 1 pm on each performance day, by request. Please contact Jenny Salisbury, jsalisbury@commonbootstheatre.ca, to book.
Access for Deaf Audiences or those with Hearing Loss: Transcriptions of the audio is available to borrow from the box office at each performance.

Relaxed Performance: All of our performances function as a Relaxed Performance. Patrons can set their own audio volume, move at their own pace, make noise, and take breaks.
Access for those Using a Wheelchair: All locations are accessible for those using wheelchairs or other mobility devices. The route is on level ground or over ramps.

Scadding is part of the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival
Dates: July 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, at 2 pm and 4 pm.
Location: Scadding Court Community Centre, 707 Dundas Street West.
Tickets: $11 + $2 surcharge.
Purchase online: fringetoronto.com
By Phone: 416-966-1062
In Person: During the festival at POSTSCRIPT, the patio at the Toronto Fringe. Located in the Hockey Rink at 275 Bathurst Street (Dundas + Bathurst). https://fringetoronto.com/fringe/show/scadding
http://www.commonbootstheatre.ca/scadding/

Sarah and Lucy – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release:

SARAH AND LUCY

Thelma and Louise gone funny , except these two have an RV and the only

thing that hangs off a cliff at the end is their friendship

Megan Jeannette Smith–Actor, NYC

Inspired by the acclaimed television series, Trailer Park Boys, Irena takes the two main female characters who normally would be relegated to very minor and uni-dimensional roles and gives them a platform. “ It’s also loosely based on a personal break up with a best friend. “says Irena.

This project started as a suggestion by Irena`s mentor and former New York acting teacher Belinda Mello.“It was disappointing to see two female characters on a successful television series be nothing but arm candy for the boys. This play is a response to that. There is definitely a Me Too feel about it “ says, Belinda. In November 2017 a reading in Manhattan was held under Belinda’s supervision. Belinda has continued to oversee the development of Sarah and Lucy for the 2019 Toronto Fringe productionFuture workshops are set for next fall.

``One thing that surprised me about this project was that I found myself rehearsing the show in my dreams. I never did that before.“- Irena mentions.

This is the first time actors Nicole Fairbairn and Irena Huljak have teamed up. Nicole says “Rehearsals are hilarious. We need to recollect ourselves constantly“. Nicole loves using improvisation in rehearsals. Nicole also has worked on The Trailer Park Boys set. “I didn’t think that would come in so handy later, but has it ever“.

Nicole Fairbairn has appeared in Tower (an official selection at MoMa for new films) Irena Huljak : Toronto Fringe hits such as Ruby Shakespeare Wars, Soccer Shakespeare and her one-woman show to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2008.

Company Name: Runnaway Hotel Kollective in association with The Toronto Fringe Festival

Written by Irena Huljak

Cast Nicole Fairbairn and Irena Huljak

Featuring Nicole Fairbairn

Stage Manager and Lighting Milena Fera

PUMP! – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release:

Toronto Fringe Festival and Cat and the Queen presents the world premiere of

PUMP!

Written and Performed by Cat and the Queen Directed by Bri Proke

Cat and the Queen is the brainchild of singer/songwriter/theatre artist, Cat Montgomery. Cat, through all of her creative pursuits, aims to use strengths gained from personal experiences to empower all individuals in times of struggle. Through live music and imaginative storytelling, PUMP! takes the audience on a journey through the difficult yet relatable themes of over consumption in regards to booze, food, loneliness and love. Indie film & theatre creator Bri Proke (Blood Pact Theatre/Grand Canyon) is dipping her toes into the world of directing to help actualize Cat’s experiences, and together this dynamic duo has created a piece you won’t want to miss at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival.

PUMP! is inspired by personal experiences and hardships, and also includes music off her latest EP, Heart For A Ride. This rock-anthem performance explores the need for connection, the sense of expectations on one’s self and the private vs. public persona; what’s really going on behind that filtered Instagram post? Many of us are a part of the global epidemic of escaping our lives through our curated online presence, but what happens when you strip that all away?

Expect the following: comedy, cabaret, music, heartbreak, battle cats, and of course, Patrick Swayze. PUMP! is a charged, raw, and playful piece that will transform THEATRE PASSE MURAILLE into an intergalactic musical playground, complete with the magic of storytelling, projections, and sweet sweet live music.

Cat and the Queen presents the World Premiere of PUMP! at Toronto Fringe Festival, July 4-13, 2019
Starring Cat Montgomery Directed by Bri Proke
Produced by Emma Bulpin
Set design by Jessica Whyte Lighting design by Imogen Wilson Projections by Nathan Schwartz

July 4 @ 6:15pm | July 6 @ 2:30pm | July 7 @ 5:45pm | July 9 @ 8pm | July 10 @ 4:30pm | July 12 @ 10:45pm | July 13 @ 6:45pm
Theatre Passe Muraille – 16 Ryerson Ave. www.catandthequeen.ca

Lexi and the Flying b’s – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release:

Birdbrain Productions presents

Lexi and the Flying b’s

Toronto, ON (June 5, 2019) Lexi is 9 years old. She loves everything about science, the joy of running, and of course her grandmother Yaya. What she doesn’t love is reading. Lexi has dyslexia, and that makes reading especially difficult for her. Max is Lexi’s friend. Max loves running too and is a great reader but is far too shy to ever do it out loud. Lexi and Max need a perfect topic for their Science Fair Project. Maybe those medals on Yaya’s wall will give them an idea.

Lexi and the Flying b’s was created by Joan Jamieson of Leslieville as part of the initial Dawning Series at Solar Stage. It was workshopped during the 2018-19 season and dramaturged there by Dahlia Katz and Emmaclaire Brightlynn.

Joan’s most recent Fringe show was Downtown Jay, the huge hit at Kidsfest 2016. In the role of Lexi is Marina Gomes, Yaya is played by Erica Kindl and Max by Mackenzie Kelly. It is directed by Sara Flicht and stage managed by Duaa Zahra.

Lexi and the Flying b’s is the perfect Kidsfest show for 5 – 10 year olds who love bees, who have a special relationship with a grandparent, or who struggle with reading and making friends.

All performances are at the George Ignatieff Theatre. Thursday July 4 at 1:00 pm; Saturday July 6th at 3:00 pm; Sunday July 7th at 12:00 pm; Monday July 8 at 4:45 pm; Wednesday July 10 at 2:15 pm; Thursday July 11th at 11:00 am; Saturday July 13 at 3:45 pm. Please note that there is no latecomer seating, but that as this is a Kidsfest show, trips to the bathroom are okay.

The show runs approximately 45 minutes with no intermission.

TICKETS: www.fringetoronto.com or at the door. Tickets are $5.00 for children and $13 for adults. Sales begin June 6 2019.

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 Productions’ Paradise 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