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.

Washed Up — Fringe 2015 Press Release

“[A] a funny and poignant look at middle age, solitude and finding your own voice.”Poster for Washed Up, featuring a bra washed up on a rocky beach. Text reads, "Her soul full of searching, her shorts full of sand"

Excerpted from press release:

A woman inexplicably finds herself stranded on an island with only a seagull for company and, between attempts at being rescued and finding distractions to occupy her, she reflects on her experiences as a parent and teacher and starts to wonder if there’s a point to going back to it. A little schtick, a little storytelling, Washed Up is a funny and poignant look at middle age, solitude and finding your own voice.

The unexamined life may not be worth living but sometimes it takes extraordinary circumstances to precipitate those moments of self-reflection. This story is about those “Is that all there is?” moments we all struggle through at regular points in our lives.

Joanne Latimer is the co-founder of NightShift Theatre, and recently directed its successful production of George F. Walker’s Problem Child. Latimer, who played the original Mrs. Vitale in Second City’s long-running hit Tony and Tina’s Wedding, is no stranger to comedy but is not well acquainted with silence. This is her first ever self-created solo show!

Showtimes:

July 2, 2015 -7:45pm
July 4, 2015 -3:15pm
July 5, 2015 -4:30pm
July 6, 2015 -2:15pm
July 8, 2015 -10:00pm
July 9, 2015 -4:30pm
July 10, 2015 -8:45pm
July 12, 2015 -2:15 pm

Venue: Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace (16 Ryerson Ave.)

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 provided by the company.

You And That Fucking Gorilla — Fringe 2015 Press Release

“[A] wildly funny and absurd dark play that serves as a cautionary tale of the powerful bond between one household and one primate.”Left to Right: Charlotte Boyer as Beth William MacKenzie as Robert Sr. Shawn Steinmann as The Gorilla

Excerpted from press release:

If you like your family, you are going to love You and That Fucking Gorilla. Beth Torrance is a doting wife and mother who suddenly finds herself under intense and unyielding attack from everyone she loves after showing a lack of enthusiasm for the family’s unusual new pet. You and That Fucking Gorilla is a wildly funny and absurd dark play that serves as a cautionary tale of the powerful bond between one household and one primate.

The piece was initially conceived for an undergraduate playwriting course at Queen’s University in 2012, and is now making its way to the Toronto Fringe Festival. Tia McGregor, then a third year drama student, was stumped over what to write about for class and was searching for inspiration laying in bed and staring at her bedroom walls as she drifted in and out of sleep. She found it in a mixed media print tacked to the wall featuring the words “You and That Fucking Gorilla”, by Scottish/American artist David Fullarton. The concept for the play was born from McGregor’s deep consideration of why anyone would ever need to say, “…you and that fucking gorilla”.

The Fringe Festival is much like a Debutante Ball, as it is host to House of Squalor Productions’ official coming out into the Toronto theatre scene. House of Squalor Productions is made up of playwright Tia McGregor, who was a part of the 2014/2015 Obsidian Theatre Playwright’s Unit; director Rebecca Moran, who is currently an associate at Larissa Mair Casting and Associates; and producer Brittany Allan, who holds administrative positions at both the Whistler Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.

You and That Fucking Gorilla manages to explore the burdens of motherhood in a severe and poignant way, while always remaining a comedy first. This play will make you laugh very hard; it will also make you want to call your mother and love your family dog just a little less.

Showtimes: 

July 1, 10:30pm
July 4, 1:45pm
July 6, 1:15pm
July 7, 6:30pm
July 9, 12:00pm
July 10, 9:15pm
July 11, 5:45pm

Venue: Factory Studio Theatre (125 Bathurst 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 (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 Don Albin.

The Weaker Vessels: Public Displays of Narcissism — Fringe 2015 Press Release

Cream of Comedy-nominated sketch troupe, The Weaker Vessels, bring their sharp, dark, and unorthodox comedy,Public Displays of Narcissism, to The Toronto Fringe.

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Excerpted from press release:

The Weaker Vessels, known for their delightfully dark humour, explore the hilarious ways narcissism rears its beautiful head in their latest sketch comedy revue, Public Displays of Narcissism. This subversive show about self-obsession, weaves together the heartfelt, the absurd, the carnal, and the forbidden as Cream of Comedy-nominees, The Weaker Vessels, bring their best sketches to The Toronto Fringe.

Look on as Joe Carter sits alone with a bottle of whiskey watching the ’93 World Series on an endless loop…Peer into the neurotic minds of a couple on a first date…Witness a group of doctors obsess over a pen…See what happens to these characters and more when the disease of narcissism takes over.

Toronto-based comedians, Lance Byrd, Jeff Clark, Nadine Djoury, Matt McCready and Colin Sharpe, write and star in this, their 6th full-length revue, directed by Second City Alumni Frank McAnulty.

Watch The Weaker Vessels’ unmask their secret shames in Public Displays of Narcissism as they discover their own reflection and drown in their ego. What will happen when the mirror is reflected onto you?


Showtimes:

July 2, 18:00
July 4, 13:30
July 5, 18:15
July 7, 18:45
July 8, 20:15
July 9, 21:45
July 10, 15:30
July 11, 13:00

Venue: Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace (16 Ryerson Ave.)

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 Mike Carter.

Mixed Chick — Toronto Fringe 2015 Press Release

“What does it mean to be your own cultural mosaic?”
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Excerpt from press release:

We’ve all asked ourselves the question who am I? This question for Coko Galore has always had a different meaning. She is African. She is Asian. She is not Black enough. She’s not Asian enough. She knows what she sees in the mirror every morning – but we don’t see what she sees. Is it our prejudices, our apathy, our fear that are making her question who she is, or is it simply that – even in the most multicultural city in the world – we simply do not understand what it means to be biracial? Coko guides us through her journey of self discovery and acceptance with humour, dance and, yes, inevitable hair trauma.

This one-woman show is written and performed by Coko Galore. Coko Galore produces and performs in several comedy shows in Toronto including The Second City Training Centre’s Longform Thursdays, the charity show Random Acts of Kindness (for ACT Toronto), the web series Jay & Cokes and the improv show Coko & Daphney’s 212.

Mixed Chick is directed by Second City Toronto alumna Leslie Seiler. Leslie Seiler has won multiple Canadian Comedy Awards including Live/Best One Person Show. She is also known for her work on Comedy Inc. (2002), Twitches Too (2007) and 24 Hour Rental (2014). Leslie recently directed The Naughty Listers and Big Bad Wolf VS. Lord Underwearface Von Schtinker for Second City as well as Apathy Loves Company a Second City Training Centre Conservatory show.

What does it mean to be your own cultural mosaic? Come watch Mixed Chick and find out!

Showtimes:

July 2, 10:30pm
July 4, 8:45pm
July 6, 3:00pm
July 7, 8:15pm
July 9, 9:15pm
July 10, 2:15pm
July 12, 3:30pm

Venue: Factory Theatre Studio (125 Bathurst Street at Adelaide)

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 of Coko Galore by Hannah Donegan.

Corral Blue Can’t Dance! – Toronto Fringe 2015 Press Release

CORRAL BLUE CAN’T DANCE! …But she can do A LOT!

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Excerpt from press release:

Off Model Studios presents a clubhouse style experience for comedy fans of all ages with sketches, songs, puppets and multimedia. Corral uses a tablet and projector to draw cartoons live and is joined by a cast of strong comedic and musical talent. A fun, unpredictable story about expressing creativity that includes a robot, a bigfoot, cowboys, and a BIG dance party!

This new play is a part of larger project to bring Corral Blue to the world! Storybooks, videos and an album are in the works, and Corral’s universe is rounded out with a fun cast of six cartoon characters. Off Model Studios is multidisciplinary company and is a reflection of Amy Zuch’s skills as both a professional animator and comedian. The show was developed out of “Corral’s Corral- A Kid’s Show for Adults!” that ran monthly at the Social Capital Theatre. Now with the same absurd humour that adults enjoy, but 100% appropriate for children!

Corral Blue Can’t Dance is created and directed by Amy Zuch, whose Toronto Fringe solo show “Key to Key” was rated 4 stars and featured by Eye Magazine. She performs along with Devon Hyland (current Second City Touring Company member, “Dale Beaner and Turtle Boy”) Caleigh LeGrand (“This Is The Worst” Musical Improv, Quinte Ballet School) Puppeteer Kathryn Landon and Musical Director Kevin Henkel (whose samples have been used by top artists including rapper T.I.)

This is a visual and musical spectacle not to be missed!

Showtimes:
Wednesday, July 1, 2:45pm
Friday, July 3, 5:00pm
Sunday, July 5, 4:45pm
Tuesday, July 7, 3:00pm
Wednesday, July 8, 5:00pm
Fri, July 10, 3:00pm
Saturday, July 11, 3:15pm

Venue:  George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Place)

Tickets for all Fringe productions are $10, $12 in advance. This production offers $5 tickets for children. 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 of Amy Zuch by “Raw Photography” and Amy Zuch.

pool (no water) — Toronto Fringe 2015 Press Release

“[A] critically acclaimed, darkly comic play”

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Excerpt from Press Release:

Known for his shock-tactics and scorching critiques, Ravenhill has been called both “perverse” and “poetic”. For the first time his critically acclaimed, darkly comic play pool (no water) will hit Toronto stages as a part of this summer’s Fringe Festival.

When a famous artist invites her old friends to her luxurious pool, for one night the group is back together. But celebrations come to an abrupt end when the host suffers a horrific accident. As the victim lies in a coma, an almost unthinkable plan starts to take shape: could her suffering be their next work of art?

Featuring celebrated ensemble cast: Dora winner Oyin Oladejo, Dora nominee Chy Ryan Spain, Dora and two time Canadian Comedy Award nominee Allison Price, Daniel Roberts and Sarah Illitovitch-Goldman.

Coming off of the success of Kate and Sam Are Not Breaking Up (NNNN Now Magazine, 2015 Dora Nominee for Female Outstanding Performance) and Pieces (Shortlisted for RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwrights Competition) Cue6 continues to build their reputation as a daring indie theatre company.

For anyone who’s ever felt the poisonous sting of jealousy, or the forbidden excitement of tragedy, Cue6 invites you to wade in the darkest waters of the human experience.

Showtimes:
July 2 @ 8:15pm
July 4 @ 1:45pm
July 5 @ 4:45pm
July 7 @ 10:30pm
July 8 @ 5:15pm
July 9 @ 12:00pm
July 11 @ 4:00pm

Venue: Tarragon Theatre Main Space (30 Bridgman Ave.)

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 of Oyin Oladejo, Allison Price, Daniel Roberts, Chy Ryan Spain, Sarah Illiatovitch-Goldman by Jill Harper.

Folk Lordz – Toronto Fringe 2015 Press Release

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

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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”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.