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.

Folk Lordz – Toronto Fringe 2015 Press Release

“A folksy comedy show combining Aboriginal storytelling, Russian-style character drama, audience suggestions, and more!”

fl-9

Excerpt from Press Release:

Reaching deep into their very different heritages, Ben Gorodetsky and Todd Houseman bring Aboriginal storytelling and Russian character drama together to create a rich tapestry of hilarious and heartfelt improv at the Toronto Fringe!

“We love the challenge of combining these two very different cultures,” Ben Gorodetsky says. “Where the Cree stories show the power of change on a global scale, Chekhov poignantly highlights the inability of individuals to make personal change. It’s a hilarious juxtaposition and the transitions between storylines are fast, physical, mischievous and surprising. It’s genre improvisation that pays homage, rather than parodies, and the chemistry of the actual improv is intoxicating!”

The Recipe:

Take one part Cree origin story from the Aboriginal, oral tradition.

Add one part Russian character drama inspired by Anton Chekhov.

Stir in one part additional world culture—chosen by the audience at each show!

Bake for 45 minutes in a sweaty Fringe venue to create a fast, furious, and folksy improv show like you’ve never seen before!

High-speed, hilarious, multi-cultural improv from members of the world-famous, Canadian Comedy Award-winning, Edmonton improv standby: Rapid Fire Theatre.

Showtimes:

July 03 at 08:15 PM
July 04 at 12:00 PM
July 06 at 06:30 PM
July 07 at 10:00 PM
July 09 at 03:30 PM
July 10 at 11:00 PM
July 12 at 01:45 PM

Venue: Factory Theatre Studio

Tickets for all Fringe productions are $10, $12 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone (416-966-1062, business hours only), in-person from the festival box office located in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s, (481 Bloor West), or — if any remain — from the venue box office (cash-only), starting one hour before showtime.

The festival offers a range of money-saving passes for committed Fringers; see website for details.

Be advised that Fringe shows always start exactly on time, and latecomers are never admitted.

Photo by Andrew Paul.

For Body and Light Presents: Coming and Going – Toronto Fringe 2015 Press Release

“An evocative, dreamlike voyage in imagination and dance”

zpuChfbm5D8fB6a9schvUR9LGS8NBLijLmKJL1WusWc

Excerpt from press release: 

Montreal dance company For Body and Light has performed to outstanding reviews in New York, Montreal and throughout Western Canada. This July, they bring their stellar ocean exploration—Coming and Going—to Toronto for the first time.

COMING AND GOING is a contemporary dance performance directed and choreographed by STÉPHANIE MORIN-ROBERT in collaboration with spoken word artist and musician IAN FERRIER and performers ALLISON BURNS and LINNEA GWIAZDA.

The show’s name is a reference to the thirty foot tides that fill and empty the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. There the company forged their experience of change into a deep imaginative voyage.

From the glaciers of the Canadian arctic to the coral reefs of Belize, story, music, dance and lighting carry the audience on an hour-long tour that climaxes with dancers overwhelmed by a hurricane.

Showtimes: 

Friday July 3rd13:45
Saturday July 4th19:00
Sunday July 5th19:00
Wednesday July 8th17:15
Thursday July 9th15:30
Friday July 10th23:00
Saturday July 11th14:15

Venue: Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst Street)

Tickets for all Fringe productions are $10, $12 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone (416-966-1062, business hours only), in-person from the festival box office located in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s, (481 Bloor West), or — if any remain — from the venue box office (cash-only), starting one hour before showtime.

The festival offers a range of money-saving passes for committed Fringers; see website for details.

Be advised that Fringe shows always start exactly on time, and latecomers are never admitted.

Photo by Stéphanie Morin­- Robert.

 

How May I Hate You? — TORONTO FRINGE 2015 PRESS RELEASE

“[A] satire about the customer service industry.”

poorhouse_players_character_jenna_naullsExcerpted from press release:

Welcome to your new job at General Corporations Incorporated – a megacorporation that runs some of your favourite shops like “Lifesucks Coffee”, “Hell Wireless” and “American In Peril”. In this satire about the customer service industry, you will embark on the training of a lifetime. Our CEO, Bossman, will take the audience through a series of training modules using various scenarios from employees Stella, Marcus and Jacqueline. We’ll cover relevant issues, policies and procedures such as “sexual harassment”, “health and safety”, “affirmative action” and the age old rule: “the customer is always right”. So get out your pens and notepads, because you’re about to learn what it really takes to be the best customer service agent you can be.

In order to create our play, we asked our friends, family, colleagues and even strangers about their experiences in a customer service environment. We got stories about all ends of the spectrum: lazy employees, rude customers, overbearing managers and impossible sales goals. We used these scenarios to create a piece that explores all sides of the industry – we want people to relate to being the customer AND the employee because both positions come with awkward interactions, frustration and in most cases, humour.

Showtimes:

July 3rd, 1:45PM

July 4th, 5:45PM

July 5th, 7:30PM

July 7th, 9:00PM

July 8th, 4:15PM

July 11th, 3:30PM

July 12th, 2:45PM


Venue
: Robert Gil Theatre (214 College St)

Tickets for all Fringe productions are $10, $12 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone (416-966-1062, business hours only), in-person from the festival box office located in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s, (481 Bloor West), or — if any remain — from the venue box office, starting one hour before showtime. (Cash-only.)

The festival offers a range of money-saving passes for committed Fringers; see website for details.

Be advised that Fringe shows always start exactly on time, and latecomers are never admitted.

Photo of Jenna Naulls by Rachel Llanera.

Rounding the Bend — Toronto Fringe 2015 Press Release

“One act musical, exploring female relationships and the blurred lines between love and friendship.”

Fringe_iconcolour

Excerpt from Press Release:

Rounding the Bend is a one act musical, exploring female relationships and the blurred lines between love and friendship. Four best friends reunite for a summer road trip, and struggle through a journey of self-discovery, featuring six original musical numbers and a slew of catchy “cars songs”.

Out Of The Blue Theatre Company is a newly formed Toronto collective, comprised of fresh talent, committed to telling young women’s stories. Based upon true events, Rounding the Bend highlights a common female experience of sexual fluidity, in a generation post “I kissed a girl and I liked it.” What one friend sees as harmless experimentation, could be a romantic awakening for another.

Written, directed, and produced by twenty-one year-old Eliza Blue Musselwhite, this production is just coming off a successful run at the 2015 Paprika Festival. The company is fronted by an all-female cast of young actors, with undeniable chemistry.

Rounding the Bend is a fun, emotional “ride” full of friendship, heartbreak, confusion, and love.
Showtimes:

July 1, 8:45pm

July 4, 4:00pm

July 5, 12:00pm

July 7, 5:00pm

July 9, 7:30pm

July 10, 11:30pm

July 11, 5:15pm

Venue: ROBERT GILL THEATRE (214 College St,)

Tickets for all Fringe productions are $10, $12 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone (416-966-1062, business hours only), in-person from the festival box office located in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s, (481 Bloor West), or — if any remain — from the venue box office, starting one hour before showtime. (Cash-only.)

The festival offers a range of money-saving passes for committed Fringers; see website for details.

Be advised that Fringe shows always start exactly on time, and latecomers are never admitted.

At Home – Toronto Fringe 2015 Press Release

“[O]ne-woman drama, performed by Jessica Gardiner, that places historical text alongside fictional accounts to generate an original tale of nineteenth-century Toronto life.”img_0107

Excerpt from Press Release:

“The Clues Are All Around You”

A drama set in nineteenth-century Toronto.

It is a hot day in July 1898 and hostess, Mrs James Berry is “at home” to a much-anticipated caller. As she guides her guest through the rooms of her family home, past, present and future converge to tell a strange story of life on the banks of the Don River. At Home is a one-woman drama, performed by Jessica Gardiner, that places historical text alongside fictional accounts to generate an original tale of nineteenth-century Toronto life.
JIG is a new Toronto-based theatre company that produces new dramas on a per-production basis. We are particularly interested in developing performances that derive from verbatim text and found sources.

Showtimes:

Friday July 3, 8:45PM

Saturday, July 4, 11:00PM

Sunday, July 5, 6:15PM

Wednesday July 8, 12:00PM

Thursday, July 9, 11:15PM

Friday, July 10, 1:45PM

Sunday, July 12, 4:00PM

Venue: The Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse (79 St George Street, Suite 302)

Tickets for all Fringe productions are $10, $12 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone (416-966-1062, business hours only), in-person from the festival box office located in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s, (481 Bloor West), or — if any remain — from the venue box office, starting one hour before showtime. (Cash-only.)

The festival offers a range of money-saving passes for committed Fringers; see website for details.

Be advised that Fringe shows always start exactly on time, and latecomers are never admitted.

Ninety — TORONTO FRINGE 2015 PRESS RELEASE

 

“Joanna Murray-Smith’s exquisite play that explores love, loss and the frenzied passing of time.”

williammacdonaldandnicolefairbairn1

Excerpted from Press Release:

Naked Goddess Productions is proud to present the Canadian Premiere of Joanna Murray-Smith’s captivating play NINETY at the Toronto FringeFestival, July 1-12, opening July 2nd.

Directed by Mercy Cherian (Split Decision, The Rice Girls, Spike Heels) and starring Nicole Fairbairn (Performer in Toronto Fringe showsRadioactive Drag Queens from the Year 3000(NOW Magazine Critic’s Pick) and Drowning in Wasabi) and five time Jessie Richardson nominee William MacDonald (Zadie’s Shoes, The Caretaker, Macbeth).

NINETY is a portrait of a failed marriage. Isabel, an art restorer, has asked for ninety minutes of time from her former husband, now a hugely successful film star, before he marries another woman. It is an exploration of love, loss, and the frenzied passing of time.

Playwright Joanna Murray-Smith’s plays are widely performed around the world, including productions on Broadway. She is an award-winning Australian playwright, and one of only three playwrights in Australia who makes a living from her writing. Many notable actors including Meryl Streep, Sam Waterston, Kyra Sedgewick, Laura Linney, Rachel Griffiths and many others have performed her plays.

‘Joanna Murray-Smith’s latest play gives ample evidence of why her work is so successful overseas…Ninety represents a synthesis of Murray-Smith’s most salient talents as a playwright: a gift for comedy and a flair for intimate drama that gets under the skin of the middle class.’ — The Age newspaper

The play is an intimate character study of a divorced couple who come together one last time to examine their complicated journey with each other, to get to the core of their failings individually and within their relationship. It is an autopsy of a marriage intermingled with flashbacks of joyous levity and poignant moments. As they go back and forth in time, they peel back layer after layer of the thick protective shell they have built around themselves, finally unveiling the truth.

The play examines the delicate dance of relationships, the healing process after loss and all the words people choose to keep sealed up inside, often until it is too late. It looks at the subtle and miraculous moments that pass by and how it is sometimes easy to overlook how precious and extraordinary they truly are.

Venue: Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (16 Ryerson Avenue)

Showtimes:

July 2 @ 8:15pm
July 3 @ 1:45pm
July 6 @ 10:30pm
July 7 @ 9:45pm
July 8 @ 3:45pm
July 9 @ 7:30pm
July 11@ 12:00pm

Tickets for all Fringe productions are $10, $12 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone (416-966-1062, business hours only), in-person from the festival box office located in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s, (481 Bloor West), or — if any remain — from the venue box office, starting one hour before showtime. (Cash-only.)

The festival offers a range of money-saving passes for committed Fringers; see website for details.

Be advised that Fringe shows always start exactly on time, and latecomers are never admitted.

Photo by Dahlia Katz.

 

 

 

BOUT – Toronto Fringe 2015 Press Release

“A play about fighters’ blood, losers’ sweat and actors’ tears.”

BOUT just steph image

 

Excerpt from Press Release:

Stephanie Carpanini (SITI company, Rarely Pure Theatre) and Matthew Gouveia (Nightwood Theatre, Shakespeare Link
Canada) perform in BOUT; A play about fighters’ blood, losers’ sweat and actors’ tears.

A failed artist tries to find meaning in her life through competitive boxing. She decides to prove herself by competing in the Silver Gloves. Inexperienced, unfit and messy-Jackie is a warrior, but she doesn’t know it yet. This wilful wannabe fighter gambles everything in the biggest battle she’ll ever fight. Manny is her coach and
he cranks it out of her. If ever two fighters were made for each other, these two are. This is the story of putting
on our gloves, knocking out our truths, taking hits, pound after pound, round after round until we hear our bell. Do we throw in the towel?

A brand new company, SATS Theatre, has been selected as one of 15 site-specific groups in this year?s Fringe
Festival. Performing at Sully’s Boxing Gym, the oldest boxing gym in Canada, it is a space that breathes much
heart and history and has had many boxing legends skip around in its ring, from Muhammad Ali to Lennox
Lewis.
Girl meets ring. Girl loves ring. Girl leaves ring.
“She’s every nobody who wanted to be somebody,
She’s every person who never settled
For anything other than the best.
She’s every woman who never had a chance.
Until now.”
-BOUT

Showtimes:
July 01 at 10:00 PM
July 02 at 10:00 PM
July 03 at 10:00 PM
July 04 at 10:00 PM
July 05 at 10:00 PM
July 07 at 10:00 PM
July 08 at 10:00 PM
July 09 at 10:00 PM
July 10 at 10:00 PM
July 11 at 10:00 PM
July 12 at 10:00 PM

Venue: (Site Specific) Sully’s Boxing Gym (1024 Dupont St.)

Tickets for all Fringe productions are $10, $12 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone (416-966-1062, business hours only), in-person from the festival box office located in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s, (481 Bloor West), or — if any remain — from the venue box office, starting one hour before showtime. (Cash-only.)

The festival offers a range of money-saving passes for committed Fringers; see website for details.

Be advised that Fringe shows always start exactly on time, and latecomers are never admitted.

 

Photo by Chantale Renee.

Announcement: Theatre20’s 2015/2016 Season Announced

New season features shows highlighting the work of Wilfred Owen, Leonard Cohen.

Theatre20, Toronto’s own artist-driven theatre company, announced their new season for the 2015/16 year tonight at their annual launch party. Their new season showcases their commitment to supporting ongoing Canadian talent, and features several works currently in development.

Continue reading Announcement: Theatre20’s 2015/2016 Season Announced

Announcement: 2015 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominees (With Links to MOT Reviews)

Dora_2015_Slider_Image

Soulpepper, Aluna and the Canadian Opera Company lead noms for the 36th Dora Awards

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) revealed the nominations for the 36th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards early this morning, at a press conference at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. The Dora Awards seek to recognize excellence in the Toronto performing arts community, and will be hosted this year by award-winning actor and comedian Gavin Crawford.

In total, there were 236 nominations for 212 eligible productions, with 117 producing companies having registered eligible productions. 48 total awards will be given out on Monday, June 22 at Harbourfront Centre’s WestJet Stage.

Continue reading Announcement: 2015 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominees (With Links to MOT Reviews)

Review: Eurydice (Soulpepper)

Eurydice, Soulpepper

Soulpepper brings the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the Young Centre Stage in Toronto

Soulpepper’s adaptation of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, now playing at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, claims to be a retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice from the perspective of the great musician’s dead wife.

Really, though, the play is so much more than a mere perspective-flip: the myth acts as a framing device for Ruhl, the playwright, to explore lofty themes such as loss, memory, and connection. When paired with Soulpepper’s understated staging, this adaptation of Eurydice is both powerful and provoking in its depiction of death as a kind of cerebral Wonderland.

Continue reading Review: Eurydice (Soulpepper)