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.

The Ballad of Frank Allen – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release:

After it’s making its world debut at Fringe World 2016 and two years successfully touring Australia and Canada, the award-winning show finally makes it’s Toronto debut as part of Fringe! A Sci-Fi Buddy-Comedy about a man who lives in another man’s beard from the bizarre mind of Festival-favourite Shane Adamczak (Trampoline, Zack Adams, Canadian Just For Laughs Award Winner and producer of other ★★★★★ Fringe hits This Is Not A Love Song and Vicious Circles).

When a scientific accident causes a mild-mannered janitor to shrink and get stuck in another man’s beard, their unlikely friendship might be exactly what the two directionless men need to set them on the path toward being better men that proves that even the smallest people can do big things.

Featuring one of Australia’s most established Indy Theatre performers; Shane Adamczak and new Canadian cast-member Al Lafrance (The Quitter, JFL Award-Winner) the show combines physical theatre, storytelling, musical comedy and indie-rock. The Ballad Of Frank Allen promises to be a festival experience like no other and one of the most weird and original shows you’ll catch at this year’s Toronto Fringe!

The Laundry List – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release:

Will you be on The Laundry List?

Toronto, 1919 – Frankie’s Laundry is THE swinging hotspot – and not just for washing clothes. Frankie and his tap dancers are gunning to be the number one bootlegging operation, but his competition thinks otherwise. Can Frankie’s gals dance their way out of this one? The Laundry List will whisk you back to the golden age of jazz, flappers and gangsters. With live music, singing, and tap dancing, this cast of 13 will leave you with a song in your heart and a skip in your step.

The Roaring Twenties was the birthplace of women empowerment and the rise of tap dance and jazz music. The Laundry List is an original story that shines a spotlight on the strong female flappers who were trailblazers in women’s rights. They rebelled against gender inequality, including defying Prohibition, and bootlegging alcohol. The Laundry List is both unique and entertaining because it is a story told through tap dance. The show features 6 professional female tap dancers as it’s lead characters. Highlighting both vaudeville and rhythmical styles of tap dancing, the two are intertwined seamlessly and compliment the intriguing original story that is, The Laundry List.

Vintage Taps in association with The Toronto Fringe Festival presents

Written/Produced/Choreographed: Amy Lintunen and Trina Josdal

Featuring: Yarnel Bender, Christine Carr, Geneviève Fullerton, Trina Josdal, Donavon LeNabat, Amy Lintunen, Sebastian Marziali, KJ Mcknight, Andrea Pang, Gwendolyn Shin, Liisa Smith, Raoul Wilke

Musical Director: Donavon LeNabat

Stage Manager: Allison Hawkins

The Huns – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From press release:

New Comedy THE HUNS by Michael Ross Albert to Premiere at Toronto Fringe Festival

Following their critically acclaimed, sold-out production of Anywhere in the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival, One Four One Collective and The Spadina Avenue Gang presentthe world premiere of a menacing new comedy by Michael Ross Albert (Anywhere, Best of Toronto Fringe/Patron’s Pick; Tough Jews, Dora nomination – Outstanding New Play).

The Huns will be among the first Fringe plays performed at Streetcar Crowsnest’s Guolien Theatre, in a production helmed by Crow’s Theatre’s own associate artistic director, Jessie-nominated Marie Farsi (SURVEIL, rEvolver Festival; upcoming: Ghost Quartet, Crow’s Theatre/Eclipse Theatre Company).

Set during a frenzied conference call at a tech company the morning after a break-in, The Huns is a dark workplace comedy about millennial anxieties, minor revolutions, and modern-day barbarians. The ensemble cast of this fast-paced and provocative new work will feature One Four One Collective’s artistic producer, Cass Van Wyck (Therac 25, Unit 102; My Entertainment World Critic’s Pick nomination – Outstanding Performance), as well as Dora-nominated actors Jamie Cavanagh (Confederation Parts I and II, VideoCabaret/Soulpepper) and Breanna Dillon (What Happened Was…, Witchboy Theatre).

To create the chaos of the play’s central conference call, the production will include an intricate sound design, with a dozen pre-recorded cameo voice performances from members of the Toronto indie theatre community, including sound designer, Andy Trithardt (Wildfire, Soulpepper/RARE Theatre).

Though darkly comedic, the play examines the serious themes of depression, anxiety, and mental health in the workplace. Its characters are locked in a brutal and desperate conflict with each other, and with the world around them. The Huns is a scathingly frank examination of a floundering generation’s relationship to work, a satirical critique ofthe culture we’ve become, and a rallying battle-cry for radical change.

Featuring a stellar cast and creative team, The Huns is a visceral, unnerving, laugh-out-loud look at modern workplace culture and mental health. It promises to be an intense and unforgettable Fringe experience.

One Four One Collective and The Spadina Avenue Gang

in association with The Toronto Fringe Festival present

THE HUNS

written by Michael Ross Albert

directed by Marie Farsi

featuring Jamie Cavanagh, Breanna Dillon, and Cass Van Wyck

sound design by Andy Trithardt

stage managed by Aidan Hammond

Venue: Streetcar Crowsnest, Guloien Theatre (345 Carlaw Ave.)

Performances:

Friday July 5, 9:30pm

Saturday July 6, 6:15pm

Sunday July 7, 8:30pm

Tuesday July 9, 7:30pm

Thursday July 11, 5:30pm

Friday July 12, 10:15pm

Sunday July 14, 4:00pm

The ADHD Project – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release:

Written and performed by award-winning storyteller Carlyn Rhamey, directed and designed by Fringe veteran Jon Paterson (Dora Award winning BoyGroove), The ADHD Project is a biographical account of growing up with ADHD and learning to embrace and celebrate what makes us different. “I’m sharing my story in hopes that it will raise awareness and promote acceptance towards neurodiversity”, explains Rhamey, “and hopefully show how hilariously eventful life can be, when you experience it a little differently.” The ADHD Project also includes a projection element to include photos and personal home videos.

The ADHD Project premiered in the 2017 Ottawa Fringe Festival, where Rhamey won the Emerging Artist
Award. Since then it has sold out shows across the Fringe Festival circuit in Orlando FL, Vancouver, Edmonton,
London and Hamilton. In each city, audience members have lined up at the end of the show to share their own experiences with ADHD and neurodiversity. The Toronto Fringe Festival is the fifth stop on a nine-city Canadian tour this summer, with four Fringes for The ADHD Project and a stop in Edmonton for the National AccessAbility week. The ADHD Project also tours Ontario schools for Grades 4-12 with Prologue to the Performing Arts.

SPEND YOUR KIDS’ INHERITANCE – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release:

Canadian Comedy Award winner directs new musical, 
SPEND YOUR KIDS’ INHERITANCE is a reverse coming-of-age musical about four seniors who plot to regain their independence. 2019 Canadian Comedy Award winner, Andrew Lamb, director of the hit musical My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, directs this new musical premiere at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse, at the Toronto Fringe, July 4-14, 2019.
In SPEND YOUR KIDS’ INHERITANCE, a newcomer upsets the status quo at a retirement home, unleashing repressed desires and igniting conflict between staff, residents and their adult children. A trio of seniors go AWOL from the home, embarking on a journey that forces them to wrestle with the power of choice and its consequences, and challenges stereotypes about age, love, family, friendship … and freedom.
The SPEND YOUR KIDS’ INHERITANCE team has collectively worked on over 40 Toronto Fringe Shows. The stars of this musical, Charlotte Moore, Denise Norman, Jillian Rees-Brown and Rick Jones, are talented actor/singers who each bring decades of experience to the stage.
Dora-award-winning actor, Charlotte Moore, reflects, “there are very few strong roles for women, let alone experienced and talented professionals over 50, in Canadian theatre, especially musicals. Spend Your Kids’ Inheritance puts three retired female characters right at the centre of the story.” Jillian Rees-Brown, whose acting credits include two years with the touring company of Billy Elliot and Mirvish productions, agrees: “finally a musical where mature adults shine and have all the adventure!”