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.

Silence S’il Vous Plaît (Illusion, Coffee and Poetry) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

photo of Melaine Petriw

Silence S’il Vous Plaît (Illusion, Coffee and Poetry‘s offering for the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival) tells the story of two street mimes who fall in love over the course of one magical, romantic evening in Paris. Imagine a kind of silent-film version of Roman Holiday, but with queer mimes.

Of all the shows playing at Fringe this year, I was not expecting to be so utterly destroyed by mime girls in love. Especially when it started out with finger-guns. Continue reading Silence S’il Vous Plaît (Illusion, Coffee and Poetry) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Rough Magic (Theatre Arcturus) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

photo of actor Lindsay BellaireOn a distant island awash in magic, an airy sprite and a tortured mortal meet and form a strange friendship. Together, the two negotiate the meaning of freedom while a distant threat looms over the island: Prospero, the infamous magician from Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Theatre Arcturus‘s Rough Magic takes Shakespeare’s The Tempest and gives it the Wicked treatment for the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival, imagining a potential friendship between The Tempest‘s supporting characters Ariel and Caliban.

Oh, and aerial acrobatics. That part’s important.

Continue reading Rough Magic (Theatre Arcturus) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

The Resurrectionists (House of Rebels Theatre) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

picture of and old barn

When James and Oliver get themselves kicked out of medical school, they decide to start robbing graves in a madcap scheme to buy their way back in. Just your classic 19th Century buddy comedy. Really. Complete with a gun-toting maniac, unrequited love, and a cadaver that can’t manage to stay dead. That’s the basic setup of The Resurrectionists (House of Rebels Theatre), playing at the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival. Continue reading The Resurrectionists (House of Rebels Theatre) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Fables From Far Away Lands – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

FablesExcerpt from press release:

TORONTO, ON – Merlene’s Impact Project promises morals, music, and mayhem with its Toronto Fringe Festival KidsFest debut Fables From Far Away Lands at the George Ignatieff Theatre July 2017.

A whimsical new musical, Fables centres around 11 year-old bullied bookworm Aviv. After a lonely playground classmate destroys her beloved book, Aviv gets swept into the magical Land of Fables. Once there, Aviv is starstruck when she meets the literary characters from her stories. She embarks on a journey to piece together the endings, and morals, to these classic Aesop Fables and learns life lessons that help her understand her peers and herself.

Using traditional fables, original songs and silly characters, Fables focuses on bullying, anxiety, female empowerment and working together. Starring 11 year old Aviv Cohen (American Gothic, Working Moms), audiences young and old will relate to her journey of self-discovery.

Aviv’s comical tour guide is the wisecracking bookworm, Boris. He takes our heroine to the fantastical land and acquaints her with the characters we know and love: Tortoise, Mouse, Hare, Lion, and Ant. Featuring catchy new songs and spectacular choreography, this story will spark a discussion about how we interact with our peers.

Details

  • Fables From Far Away Lands plays at the George Ignatieff Theatre. (15 Devonshire Pl.)
  • Tickets for Kidsfest shows are $5 for kids (age 12 and younger); adults pay $12.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • The George Ignatieff Theatre is wheelchair-accessible, and has wide aisles for easy mid-show exits.
  • Don’t miss the Kidsfest club located on the lawn adjacent to the venue! Free activities for children (3-12) and caregivers run every day of the festival: see website for details.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Thursday July 6th, 04:15 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 12:15 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 10:00 am
  • Tuesday July 11th, 03:15 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 01:30 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 11:30 am
  • Sunday July 16th, 03:00 pm

Poster by Emily Richardson.

Special Constables – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

photo of cast from Special ConstablesFrom press release:

After a string of award-winning hits and a successful remount of its’ psychological cop thriller, Slip, at the Tarragon Workspace, Circlesnake Productions is excited to partner with Greenline Theatre to bring a fan favourite out of their archives. Special Constables brings summer blockbuster action to life on the Factory Mainstage at the 2017 Toronto Fringe.

Special Constables is a comedy thrill-ride that chronicles the return of Toronto’s most elite police force: the TTC Transit Police. Set in the turbulent pre-apocalyptic fears of the year 2012, Jameson, a former constable, is responsible for the crumbling of the Special Constables. But when a Metropass counterfeiting ring threatens to take over the TTC, Jameson has one shot to redeem both his former unit and himself. Starring independent theatre darling Danny Pagett as Former Special Constable Jameson and, Second City Mainstage alum, Nigel Downer as the monologuing mastermind Three Tone. The supporting cast draws from all over Toronto’s independent theatre scene: Nelu Handa (Bad Dog Theatre, Yas Kween), Connor Bradbury(Sex T-Rex, Bad Dog Theatre), Chloe Sullivan (Unit 102), and Mikaela Dyke (A Vagrant) play the rest of the ensemble in this goof-filled caper.

Details

  • Special Constables plays at the Factory Mainspace. (125 Bathurst St.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warnings: Audience Participation, Mature Language.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible through a secondary route.

Performances

  • Friday July 7th, 01:00 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 06:30 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 03:15 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 10:00 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 09:15 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 12:00 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 03:30 pm

Photo by Alec Toller.

Silence S’il Vous Plais – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

Silence

Excerpt from Press Release:

Silence speaks volumes in this poignant production, created by Toronto’s latest indie, all female production company, Illusion, Coffee, and Poetry. Silence S’il Vous Plait is an exploration of the fleeting moments of attraction between strangers outside of a heteronormative context. When two mimes, Claudette and Jinxy, meet in the streets of Paris, a whirlwind night of romance and adventure falls victim to reality as daylight breaks. Illusion, Coffee, and Poetry have created a theatre experience that intimately explores the brief and life-changing people we love and let go.

Silence, S’il Vous Plait features emerging artists from York University who want to tell a story of an amazing adventure with an all too real conclusion. Created by Asha Deboran-Hotrum and Shannon Farrell, Silence started out as a study of the art of physical theatre with a queer lens. They wanted to delve into a different love story about the chance encounters that may not last a lifetime, but are memorable and meaningful.

Asha Deboran-Hotrum has taken on the creation, production and direction of the play and her hard work shows. A recent graduate of the York University theatre program, Asha has studied theatre in Prague with the Prague Quadrennial’s, working with directors such as Phillipe Quesne. Shannon Farrell came forward with the initial concept, musing over the idea that sometimes, love isn’t meant to stay. She studied playwriting under Judith Rudakoff and is graduating from York.

Silence S’il Vous Plait focuses on making the most of our moments of vulnerability and on taking advantage of uncertain opportunity. Devised by strong, queer female artists, Illusion, Coffee, and Poetry have created an honest portrayal of their experience of LGBTQA+ love, and letting go.

Details

  • Silence S’il Vous Plait plays at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse. (79 St. George St.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible.

Performances

  • Wednesday July 5th, 08:15 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 05:15 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 01:00 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 01:45 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 07:30 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 11:00 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 01:45 pm

Photo of Melanie Petriw by Mackenzie Clark.

Alex the Artist – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

Alex the Artist

Excerpt from press release:

What happens when we stop valuing artists? A shy young girl who feels lost in the world discovers a magical secret that
reveals her true purpose in life. As Alex sets out on a quest to stand up to the evil King and bring freedom back to all the
artists in the land she realizes the true power of her voice and value of her creativity.
Alex The Artist aims to inspire and remind the younger generation that everyone has a voice and the potential to
change the world: Empathy and creativity trump hate and fear every single time.

Details

  • ALEX THE ARTIST plays at the George Ignatieff Theatre. (15 Devonshire Pl.)
  • Tickets for Kidsfest shows are $5 for kids (age 12 and younger); adults pay $12.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • The George Ignatieff Theatre is wheelchair-accessible, and has wide aisles for easy mid-show exits.
  • Don’t miss the Kidsfest club located on the lawn adjacent to the venue! Free activities for children (3-12) and caregivers run every day of the festival: see website for details.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Wednesday July 5th, 02:30 pm
  • Friday July 7th, 05:15 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 02:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 11:30 am
  • Wednesday July 12th, 10:00 am
  • Friday July 14th, 03:00 pm
  • Sunday July 16th, 10:00 am

Photo by Vince Genuardi.

Adult Entertainment – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

Adult Entertainment

Excerpt from Press Release:

Triple ByPass Productions is excited to play in George F. Walker’s world once again. To mount a play by a Canadian playwright at the Toronto Fringe is especially exciting for us! It’s a great platform to introduce new people to Walker, and to put up one of his plays that is less often done for his already existing fans. If you crave great acting, storytelling and an exciting night in the theatre, you do not want to miss a Triple ByPass Production.

Triple ByPass Productions is a collective of actors who decided to take back some control of their careers. Founded in 2014, TBP produces modern plays with an edge that are relevant to todays audiences. We also like to toss in a little humour as well. Triple ByPass Productions was voted patrons pick,’best ensemble’ and ‘a company to watch’ receiving NNNN is NOW Magazine for Eric Bogosian’s ‘SKUNKWEED” Toronto Fringe 2015 at Theatre Passe Muraille.

Details

  • Adult Entertainment plays at the Tarragon Mainspace. (30 Bridgman Ave.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warnings: Realistic Violence or Gore, Sexual Content, Smoking, Mature Language.
  • This venue is barrier-free. The designated accessible seating is in the middle of the auditorium.

Performances

  • Wednesday July 5th, 08:30 pm
  • Friday July 7th, 03:00 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 08:15 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 10:30 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 04:00 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 12:15 pm
  • Sunday July 16th, 05:45 pm

Photo by Chantal Ryanne.

Welcome to the Bunker – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

Bunker

Excerpt from Press Release:

Welcome to the Bunker! is an immersive zombie apocalypse comedy set in a bunker deep below Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace. Katie, a young zombie rights activist, and Todd, an antisocial doomsday prepper, will give you and your fellow survivors an orientation into bunker living that could just save your lives- if everything goes according to their half-assed, yet optimistic, plan. Feelings Circles! Obsessive rationing! Nearly fully figured out chemical toilets! Just ignore that scratching coming from the walls, won’t you?

Bunker! was created as a collaboration between two very different artistic disciplines: comedy/improvisation, and traditional theatre, plus a side of nerdy obsession with horror tropes. Welcome to the Bunker! is a fast, furious, non-stop comedy that uses the ridiculous cliches of zombie mythology to explore themes such as generational tension, loss, and hope in the face of disaster. Like…a really big, gory disaster.

This is the first collaboration between Clare Blackwood and Ryan F. Hughes. Ryan is an award-winning playwright, actor, and improviser. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School’s playwrighting program and Second City Toronto’s Conservatory program. Clare Blackwood has worked with many independent theatre companies in Toronto, specializing in Shakespeare and musical theatre, and is a My Entertainment World Award best ensemble winner for Romeo and (her) Juliet (Urban Bard/Headstrong Collective). Director Alison Louder has previously assistant directed 2016 Patron’s Pick The Harvester (Rabbit in a Hat Prod.) and has held a spot on the Best Local Actress Top 10 list in Montreal for over a decade. Film/tv credits include Being Human, Murdoch Mysteries, Saving Hope, and Xavier Dolan’s upcoming film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. Stage Manager Justine Cargo was the assistant stage manager for 2016 Fringe hit Romeo and Juliet Chainsaw Massacre, and stage manager for Storefront Theatre’s Tough Jews, nominated for 6 Dora Awards.

Don’t miss this Fringe’s weirdo, underground (literally!) zombie hit that will have you die laughing, rise again laughing, and eat some brains. Laughing.

Details

  • Welcome to the Bunker! plays at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace. (16 Ryerson Ave.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warnings: Audience Participation, Mature Language.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible, with some tight cornering. Accessible seating is in the front row.

Performances

  • Wednesday July 5th, 10:00 pm
  • Friday July 7th, 06:30 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 09:45 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 08:30 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 04:45 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 06:15 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 03:30 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 01:00 pm

Photo of Clare Blackwood and Ryan F. Hughes by Max Telzerow.

Moonlight After Midnight – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

MoonlightExcerpt from Press Release:

Moonlight After Midnight is a romantic mystery that beguiles audiences with the simple story of a woman and a man accidentally meeting in a hotel room. Though as the story shifts and fractures, the dramatic possibilities multiply, culminating in a heart-rending twist.

In the summer of 2010, Vanessa Quesnelle and Martin Dockery met at a theatre festival in London, Ontario, had a fringe romance, and within weeks decided to tour a two-person play across the country the following year. What could have been a four-month disastrous tour proved to be the groundwork for their courtship and Concrete Drops Theatre was born. Today, they are married and continue to create and tour their work together.

Concrete Drops Theatre has toured five plays to fringe festivals across Australia and North America. Moonlight After Midnight has been awarded the Weekly Award – Best Theatre at the Adelaide Australia Fringe, Best Theatre of Adelaide Fringe – The Advertiser newspaper, Critics Pick Best Show at Cincinnati Fringe, Critics Pick Best Show at Orlando Fringe, Runner-Up Critics Pick at Vancouver Fringe Festival, Best Original Work at Ottawa Fringe Festival.

Details

  • Moonlight After Midnight plays at the Tarragon Mainspace. (30 Bridgman Ave.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • This venue is barrier-free. The designated accessible seating is in the middle of the auditorium.

Performances

  • Friday July 7th, 07:00 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 12:00 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 04:45 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 06:45 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 10:30 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 06:00 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 02:15 pm

Photo of Vanessa Quesnelle and Martin Dockery by Will O’Hare.

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