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Review: Spent (Theatre Smith-Gilmour)

by Lucy Allen

I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been affected by the financial crisis in the last couple of years. Heck, even with no assets to my name to lose I find myself scrounging for change in the couch for subway fare. Of course, any world crisis is always ripe for parody and countless plays and tv shows pop up to give their own commentary on the disaster. Spent, which opened last night at the Factory Theatre, is one of those many shows. It’s one of the only shows, though, that does it right. Continue reading Review: Spent (Theatre Smith-Gilmour)

Toronto Theatre Review: How Now Mrs. Brown Cow (Mrs. Brown's Boys Ltd)

by Lucy Allen

From the opening musical number of How Now, Mrs Brown Cow, which opened this week at the Canon Theatre, I could tell this was going to be a different kind of comedy than I had been used to seeing on the stage recently. Where many comedic plays now are often a bit darker, How Now, Mrs. Brown Cow is pretty much like watching a sit-com on stage. Continue reading Toronto Theatre Review: How Now Mrs. Brown Cow (Mrs. Brown's Boys Ltd)

Review: Stephen Harper the Musical (The Shehori Brothers)

by Lucy Allen

New musical shows just how entertaining our PM is on the Toronto stage

Oh, Stephen Harper. He’s been the butt of so many jokes, and yet has managed to get elected successfully without any real problem. How on earth does he do it? More importantly, after many poorly executed decisions, how does he hope to get popular again? Daniel and Steven Shehori explore this in their new show, Stephen Harper the Musical currently playing at Second City. Continue reading Review: Stephen Harper the Musical (The Shehori Brothers)

Morro and Jasp GONE WILD (U.N.I.T. Productions)- 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

by Lucy Allen

I was supposed to go to the opening performance of Morro and Jasp GONE WILD last week, but since the show was almost sold out there could be no ticket guaranteed. Determined to get it covered, I went to the 11pm show tonight. And after watching it, I have to admit, I feel pretty useless. With amazing buzz and sold out shows, these two clowns are hardly in need of my paltry words. But for those few who haven’t yet decided whether to go or haven’t yet even heard of the show, let this be your confirmation that this is a show that cannot be missed. Continue reading Morro and Jasp GONE WILD (U.N.I.T. Productions)- 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

Act Now! (Proper Entertainment)- 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

by Lucy Allen

There’s a limited time offer for this Toronto Fringe musical, don’t miss it!

When I told my friend I was going to see Act Now!, a musical about infomercials, his response was “How much material can you get out of an infomericial?” Enough for a Fringe show it seems, and definately enough for what amounted to be a very solid and entertaining musical. Continue reading Act Now! (Proper Entertainment)- 2010 Toronto Fringe Review