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.

Fine China – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

From Press Release:

High school students from The Woodlands School in Mississauga, ON are making their debut at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival, performing seven shows at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse between July 4-15, 2018.
The show is led by 17-year-old Julie Phan (writer, producer, lead actor), directed by 18-year-old Colwyn Alletson, and performed by 17-year-old Natalie Thai and 20-year old Nam Nguyen. The show explores the upbringing of the first-generation immigrants and the intergenerational conflict that arises from being raised with two colliding value systems. The existential plights of
young people are analyzed through the eyes of children who struggle to chase their dreams while fulfilling their filial duties.
After years of success in development through youth programming as The Woodlands Theatre Co. (participating in the Ontario Drama Festival, Tarragon Theatre Young Playwrights Unit, and Summerworks Festival), these young
creators are taking a giant leap forward in establishing themselves as independent artists by self-producing their own production.

Details

  • Fine China plays at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse. (79 St. George St.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Content Warnings: Smoking; Mature language.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Thursday July 5th, 7:00 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 1:45 pm
  • Sunday July 8th, 10:15 pm
  • Tuesday July 10th, 2:30 pm
  • Wednesday July 11th, 5:45 pm
  • Thursday July 12th, 11:30 pm
  • Saturday July 14th, 7:30 pm

Sweet Girl Shrapnel – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

Sweet Girl ShrapnelFrom Press Release:

Through a guided tour in Kensington Market, help the emerging graffiti artist, Cabiria, as she creates her first piece: a public tribute to her childhood friend, Stacy, who went missing years ago.

This is a play about the stories we tell to gloss over uncomfortable truths, difficult pasts, and troublesome encounters. The play questions how and why we turn a blind eye to what happens all around us?

This is the third Fringe show that Colleen Osborn and Cassandra Silver have collaborated on. Fringe allows artists to develop bold ideas that wouldn’t fly in a conventional theatrical production. This time around we’re experimenting in Colleen’s Kensington neighbourhood with a promenade show. A moving art piece. Like graffiti, this site-specific show is ephemeral. It would be impossible to replicate this show in a future remount: construction will be completed and garage doors will have new graffiti-tags. All of these elements are as temporary as the show itself.

Details

  • Sweet Girl Shrapnel plays at 29 Lippincott Street. (29 Lippincott St.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Content Warnings: Sexual content; Mature language; Audience participation; Outdoors; Walking tour.
  • The Fringe Festival considers this venue to be wheelchair-accessible.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Wednesday July 4th, 6:45 pm
  • Wednesday July 4th, 8:00 pm
  • Thursday July 5th, 6:45 pm
  • Thursday July 5th, 8:00 pm
  • Friday July 6th, 6:45 pm
  • Friday July 6th, 8:00 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 6:45 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 8:00 pm
  • Monday July 9th, 6:45 pm
  • Monday July 9th, 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 10th, 6:45 pm
  • Tuesday July 10th, 8:00 pm
  • Thursday July 12th, 6:45 pm
  • Thursday July 12th, 8:00 pm
  • Friday July 13th, 6:45 pm
  • Friday July 13th, 8:00 pm

Photo 1 taken by Colleen Osborn. Xanath Fuentes Natanson (Actor: Cabiria).

jem rolls: i, idiot – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

jem rolls from i, idiotFrom Press Release:

You know they say everyone has got a novel in them?

Well, you know what it’s called, that novel we’ve all got in us?

IIDIOT

With verbal and physical buffoonery, Jem Rolls cartoons the personal and the universal in his own intercontinental epic of blundering idiocy.

33, 333 muck-ups. And counting.

Jem has done more Fringe Festivals than anyone on earth

He has received 40+ ***** reviews and 200+ ****.

Jem’s last show: “The Inventor Of All Things” received FIVE STAR REVIEWS from CBC, the Winnipeg Free Press, the Edmonton Journal and the Saskatoon StarPhoenix

so this year a suspiciously self-deprecating individual boasts

a whole new genre of performance

yes a whole new genre

VERBAL BOUFFON

for it’s a lyrical cartoonery

when, with verbal and bodily buffoonery,

Jem Rolls explores the comic universality

in his own ungrand epic of ungrand

stupidity

IIDIOT

after a ragingly successful self-reinvention as storyteller

in his last show THE INVENTOR OF ALL THINGS,

itself a bigsized risk… [the kind of comedy which ends in Hiroshima, anyone?]

Jem could perhaps have ploughed a similar and now safer furrow

instead he continues dangling himself over the edge of risk

on a slender branch of poetically adulterated silliness

above a bottomless lake of ever possible Fringe failure

for, unfortunately, he been infected by the clown virus

has learnt more from the clowns on the Fringe Tour than from anyone else

Jonno Katz, Chris Gibbs, Red Bastard and more

and so is transmogrifying himself again, same but different

into a more physically performative poet than any poet he has ever seen

with poems, song, monologues, bad jokes, good jokes, knock-knock jokes, neologisms, lousy lipsyncing, and an unwise but contractually obligated first foray into interpretive dance

including… an unsightly piece of savage introspection: “HOLD STILL JEM, I‘M GOING IN”

a wilful rejection of truth knowledge language and history, “NOTHING IS TRUE BUT SOME THINGS ARE MORE TRUE THAN OTHERS”

plus Jem explains, with ringing plausibility, what caused the Big Bang. And every Big Bang there has ever been. And will ever be.
Details

  • jem rolls: I, IDIOT plays at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace. (16 Ryerson Ave.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Content Warning: Mature language.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible. Accessible seating is in the front row.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Friday July 6th, 8:15 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 6:45 pm
  • Sunday July 8th, 1:00 pm
  • Monday July 9th, 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 10th, 10:15 pm
  • Wednesday July 11th, 8:15 pm
  • Thursday July 12th, 1:00 pm
  • Sunday July 15th, 12:30 pm

Photo of Jem Rolls by Jem Rolls.

 

Kitchen Sink Drama – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

From Press Release

Five playwrights were commissioned to create new work to be performed in a kitchen in Leslieville to an audience busy
munching on snacks served up by the cast. The writers were assigned a unique flavour, a time limit, a cast size limit, and
were encouraged to include the use of direct address and create characters with no appearance based descriptions, to
allow for casting of any gender, age range, ethnicity, etc. The pieces they created are strange, powerful meditations on
love, betrayal, grief and revenge. They are magical, delicious and proudly queer.

In the first play Siren, by award-winning playwright Natalie Kaye (Mood Swings, Fringe 2016), a scullery maid makes
dinner and rails against the constraints of her oppressive employment, vowing to storm the seas as a blood-thirsty pirate.
She will serve the audience a deliciously salty summer gazpacho.

The salad course, Bitter Hearts, debates the ethics of veganism while relishing the inescapable bitterness of first love’s
betrayal. The main course, Savour, directed by Sandra Cardinal (Sizzle & Spin, Fringe 2015) and starring Fringe veteran and
CAEA member Andrea Irwin (False Start, Fringe 2016 & Hogtown, 2017), Kelly-Marie McKenna (If We Were Birds, York U),
and Mladen Obradović (A Flea in Her Ear, Fringe 2017), is a delectable romance about yearning, alienation, magic and
carpe diem.

The final piece is A Trifle, written by award-winning playwright Nina Kaye (Death Meets Harlequin, Fringe 2017) and
directed by Collette Radau (Midnight Toronto, Rhubarb 2017). This dessert course, about new love, cake, and how to
connect, is a sweet, but not too saccharine, way to end the night.

With 17 members in the production team, many of whom are returning to Fringe, and only 30 seats in our cozy kitchen
each night, these tickets are sure to sell quickly so book now!

Details

  • Kitchen Sink Drama plays at the Ralph Thornton Community Centre. (765 Queen St. E.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Content Warnings: Mature language; Sexual content; Audience participation.
  • The Fringe Festival considers this venue to be wheelchair-accessible.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Wednesday July 4th, 7:30 pm
  • Thursday July 5th, 7:30 pm
  • Friday July 6th, 7:30 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 7:30 pm
  • Monday July 9th, 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday July 10th, 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday July 11th, 7:30 pm
  • Thursday July 12th, 7:30 pm
  • Friday July 13th, 7:30 pm
  • Saturday July 14th, 7:30 pm

Photo by Nina Kaye.

Full Body Pull – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

From Press Release

Written by Gillian Bartolucci, under the direction of Second City alumna, Carly Heffernan, Full Body Pull is a one person play about the ever-evolving relationship that comedian Gillian Bartolucci has with her mother; a woman who had kids, but is much more than a parent. Through a collection of sketches and storytelling Gillian explores growing up alongside a grown-up who is also growing up.

Gillian Bartolucci is a member of the Canadian Comedy Award-winning sketch collective The Sketchersons, as well as sketch quartet Panaca (Top 10 Comedy Shows of 2015, NOW Magazine & Torontoist). She has performed solo in the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival and was featured in the Best of the Fest Showcase at the Montreal Sketch Comedy Festival. In 2017 Gillian also performed in the JFL42 New Faces: Characters Showcase.

Material for Full Body Pull was developed through writing, childhood, and pinot grigio.

Details

  • Full Body Pull plays at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace. (16 Ryerson Ave.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Content Warnings: Mature language; Audience participation.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible. Accessible seating is in the front row.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Thursday July 5th, 6:00 pm
  • Friday July 6th, 3:00 pm
  • Sunday July 8th, 8:00 pm
  • Monday July 9th, 9:15 pm
  • Tuesday July 10th, 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday July 11th, 10:00 pm
  • Friday July 13th, 7:00 pm
  • Saturday July 14th, 1:00 pm

Marshall Lorenzo

 

Lighters in the Air – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

From Press Release

Having recently appeared in Imposters on Bravo, In Contempt on BET, and in the recurring role of “Sketchy-Looking Dude” on CBC’s Kim’s Convenience, Just For Laughs Comedy Award nominee Kris Hagen trades in screen time for a chance to bring his original music, writing and direction to the stage in Lighters in the Air.

A musician named Leo returns to his former hangout, The Empty, a dive bar where the mic is always open. With the help of old friends, a lost love, and The Empty’s newest off-beat barflies, Leo rediscovers his passion for the music he left behind. A play about artistic integrity, unfulfilled expectations, and an uncertain future.

Lighters in the Air will feature original songs by Hagen as well as nightly guest performances by some of the brightest talent in the Toronto music and comedy scenes, including Laura Tremblay (Jukebox Hero: The Musical; Stage West Calgary’s Legally Blonde: The Musical), Ben Beauchemin (Kim’s Convenience, Saving Hope), Ted Morris (Yuk Yuk’s, Just for Laughs, Sirius XM), and more!

Details

  • Lighters in the Air plays at the Monarch Tavern. (12 Clinton St.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Content Warnings: Mature language; Unconventional venue.
  • The Fringe Festival considers this venue to be wheelchair-accessible.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Wednesday July 4th, 8:00 pm
  • Thursday July 5th, 8:00 pm
  • Friday July 6th, 6:00 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 7:00 pm
  • Sunday July 8th, 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 10th, 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday July 11th, 6:00 pm
  • Thursday July 12th, 6:00 pm
  • Friday July 13th, 7:00 pm
  • Saturday July 14th, 3:00 pm
  • Sunday July 15th, 7:00 pm

Photo by Sarah Delignies

her. – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

From Press Release

There’s a new play in town— it’s called her. And, as the ads tell us: “Everyone is talking about her. Except her.”

Ilsa– the central character in Toronto playwright Deborah Shaw’s darkly-original drama– has a secret, and she’s not telling… that is, until the handsome young relative of her best friend turns up on her doorstep, claiming to know what Ilsa has never breathed to a living soul. Even in the cozy world of Toronto in 1954, Ilsa cannot escape the monumental events of her troubled wartime past.

Shaw says she wrote the play in response to upheavals she experienced in her own life, brought on by decisions she had made and the consequences which eventually had to be faced. Taking her experiences a giant step further, she gave the character a life-shattering decision to make, in circumstances most of us couldn’t even imagine. Did Ilsa make the right decision? To answer that, we’d have to put ourselves in her shoes and ask, would I have done any differently? There lies the play’s power as, gradually, but most surely, we are compelled to decide for ourselves.

One decision Shaw does not regret is taking on her longtime acquaintance David Agro as dramaturg and director of her. Drawing from their broad range of experience they have proven to be a dynamic team, between them tackling the script rewrites, production concept and most other creative, administrative and technical aspects of the show, which Shaw will also perform.

Details

  • her. plays at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse. (79 St. George St.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Thursday July 5th, 10:30 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 3:30 pm
  • Monday July 9th, 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday July 11th, 9:15 pm
  • Thursday July 12th, 4:00 pm
  • Friday July 13th, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday July 15th, 12:00 pm

Photo by Brad Vos

Dead Talks – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

From Press Release

Two disembodied souls find themselves stuck in ‘purgatory’ – a strange and mystical place where they must come to terms with past sins in order to be reborn again into a new life on earth.

An enigmatic Guide helps these souls confront and understand their past, focusing on a sexual assault incident that deeply affected both of them. Ben, an arrogant publisher, is the accused perpetrator (Harvey Weinstein type) and Sylvie, his supposed victim, is a young troubled feminist writer.

What happens here will determine whether they get a shot at a fresh life or whether their souls end up downstairs… in the fiery abyss.

Playwrights Rebecca and Josh, hit upon an idea: a contemporary take on the ‘Me Too’ movement from a dual female/male perspective. Many incidents in the play have parallels to recent news and tabloid events. The setting, a kind of multi-faith purgatory, was inspired by notions of rebirth. Purgatory allows for tackling the bigger questions from a philosophical perspective. Though practical matters (i.e. the court system) are touched upon, we are concerned with the larger goal of ‘repairing the world’ as men and women going forward in generations to come.

DEAD Talks entertains and provokes discussion about this ‘Me Too’ world we are all living in.

Details

  • DEAD Talks plays at the Tarragon Theatre Mainspace. (30 Bridgman Ave.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Content Warnings: Mature language; Sexual content.
  • This venue is barrier-free. Designated accessible seating is in the middle of the auditorium.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Wednesday July 4th, 6:45 pm
  • Friday July 6th, 10:30 pm
  • Sunday July 8th, 3:15 pm
  • Tuesday July 10th, 6:30 pm
  • Thursday July 12th, 4:00 pm
  • Saturday July 14th, 7:00 pm
  • Sunday July 15th, 12:00 pm

Photo: Norah Morris.

Paradise Lost – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

From Press Release

One performer. One hour. One story you will never forget. Fresh from sold out runs and critical raves from the Edinburgh Fringe, New York Frigid Festival, Atlantic Fringe, and Just For Laughs’ Zoofest, Paul Van Dyck’s extraordinary retelling of the fall of Adam and Eve is like nothing you have ever seen.

Winner “Best Production” 

New York Frigid Festival & Atlantic Fringe Festival

Rabbit in a Hat Productions proudly presents John Milton’s PARADISE LOSTJuly 6-15 at the Toronto Fringe Festival. This new adaptation of the greatest epic poem ever written contains spellbinding puppetry, dazzling computer animation, and a hell of a lot of rock n’ roll.

“Charismatic and flawless” Three Weeks (Edinburgh)

The story begins moments after the battle of heaven, as Satan finds himself and his followers cast into hell. Full of rage at his banishment, Satan travels to the Garden of Eden to exact his revenge upon God’s new favourites: Adam and Eve.

“Strikes with the force of devilish revelation.” Montreal Gazette

Having amazed Milton scholars with presentations at McGill and Western UniversityParadise Lost has also enthralled audiences around the world who are experiencing the 17th century poem for the first time. While rooted in ancient mythologies, this story is widely accessible through the struggles of its characters, the disillusionment at the loss of innocence, and the redemption found in love and charity. Paradise Lost is a timeless metaphor for the human experience.

“I can say without qualification that this is the best theater that I have seen in a long time.” 

Cultural Capital (New York City)

Created, adapted, and performed by Toronto/Montreal actor/director/playwright Paul Van Dyck (2013 Shaw Festival, Neil Munro Intern Directors Project; Oroonoko – Winner: Best Director, Montreal English Theatre Awards; Revelation Award Winner – Montreal English Critic Theatre Awards), with CGI projections from Jeremy Eliosoff (principle animator on X-Men: Days of Future Past, 300, and Watchmen), puppets by Lynn Paquette (Founder/Artistic Director, Talisman Theatre; Stratford Festival) and lighting by Jody Burkholder (multi Montreal English Critic Theatre Award recipient).

  • Details
    • Paradise Lost plays at the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace. (16 Ryerson Ave.)
    • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
    • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
    • Content Warning: Sexual content.
    • This venue is wheelchair-accessible. Accessible seating is in the very front row.
    • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

    Performances

    • Friday July 6th, 8:00 pm
    • Saturday July 7th, 4:00 pm
    • Monday July 9th, 3:15 pm
    • Wednesday July 11th, 5:45 pm
    • Thursday July 12th, 12:00 pm
    • Saturday July 14th, 11:00 pm
    • Sunday July 15th, 3:15 pm

Photo by Andrea Hausmann.

Moro and Jasp: Save the Date – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

From Press Release

After going through puberty, discovering sexuality, learning how to cook, taking on literary classics, trying their hand at entrepreneurship, and exploring the meaning of life, Morro and Jasp now approach a new giant life milestone with hot ideas and cold feet.

Join Morro and Jasp as they say yes to the dress, try to handle the stress, and attempt to throw a big fat clown wedding without throwing up. But does saying “I Do” to someone new mean saying “I Don’t” to each other? Can they even survive this new chapter of life without the person who has always been by their side? After this, can they still be Morro and Jasp? The Dora and Canadian Comedy Award winning duo take on one of life’s biggest juggernauts.

The team behind MORRO AND JASP – Heather Marie Annis (Morro), Amy Lee (Jasp), and Byron Laviolette (Director, Dramaturg) – have created 10 full-length shows over 13 years, including sell-out hits Morro and Jasp do Puberty, Of Mice and Morro and Jasp, Morro and Jasp: Go Bake Yourself (the play that inspired the Award-winning cookbook Eat Your Heart Out with Morro and Jasp), Morro and Jasp: 9-5, and Morro and Jasp in Stupefaction. MORRO AND JASP also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015 to rave reviews and sold out houses. This is Morro and Jasp’s tenth show at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

Details

  • Morro and Jasp: Save the Date plays at the Tarragon Theatre Mainspace. (30 Bridgman Ave.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Content Warnings: Mature language; Audience participation.
  • This venue is barrier-free. Designated accessible seating is in the middle of the auditorium.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Friday July 6th, 8:45 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 9:15 pm
  • Sunday July 8th, 8:30 pm
  • Tuesday July 10th, 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday July 11th, 5:45 pm
  • Thursday July 12th, 11:00 pm
  • Sunday July 15th, 1:45 pm

Photo by Alex Nirta.