P@ndora is Unfliching, Vital and Important Theatre for Young Audiences
It is sadly rare to see people communicating with teenaged audiences about the gritty and too often taboo issues affecting their lives. P@ndora, now playing at Young People’s Theatre, is a refreshingly candid look at the affects of Internet porn on a young girl, aimed at audiences 15 and up.
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Theatre by Committee presents Lion in the Streets on stage in Toronto
Lion in the Streets, the surreal story of a murdered 9-year-old and the community where she lost her life, opened last weekend at the Glad Day Bookshop. Put on by the seven-member collective Theatre By Committee, the show has moments of extremely compelling drama but due to the bizarre nature of the script these often give way to moments of confusion for the audience.
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Coming up this week at Koerner Hall is Toronto musical theatre company Acting Up Stage‘s annual UnCovered Concert. Playing from November 3rd to 5th at 8pm, this year’s concert features the music of Simon & Garfunkel, performed by a star-studded cast of Canadian musical theatre performers. Continue reading Preview: UnCovered: Simon & Garfunkel (Acting Up Stage Company)
Toronto’s Factory Theatre Age of Arousal: a play of capricious English accents at lightning pace
Age of Arousal: the title of the play by Linda Griffith, playing now at the Factory Theatre, arouses interest in itself. Not having any previous knowledge of the play going into it, I was extremely curious as to what sort of story was to unfold. I wish I could say, after over two hours in the theatre, I now had a better idea of the story and the arguments contained in Age of Arousal, but I could only decipher fragments amongst the sped up text and hollow quips.
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A tragic car accident sets the stage for Soulpepper’s Yours Forever, Marie-Lou in Toronto
When the lights go down on Soulpepper’s production of Yours Forever, Marie-Lou, the soothing sound of traditional bagpipes greets the audience. Soothing, that is, until it suddenly turns into the roaring squeal and impact of a car crash. It is the first, but not the last, of the unexpected, well crafted, and chilling turns in Yours Forever, Marie-Lou, now playing at the Young Center for the Performing Arts.
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Toronto’s Leroy Street Theatre opens their season with Shakespeare’s play The Winter’s Tale
A tale of misperceptions and revelations, Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale explores how the smallest jealousies, true or false, can change the course of lives and kingdoms, how fate can exploit and forgive us, and how our actions unfold far into the future. Leroy Street Theatre’s production of The Winter’s Tale at Unit 102 lives up to it’s mighty themes, creating a beautifully raw depiction of the tale.
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On September 10th, The Box Toronto will be opening the third year of its One More Night Festival, running until September 13th.
Organized by The Box Toronto, the One More Night Festival offers an opportunity for shows produced throughout the last year to remount their production for one more night. Continue reading Preview: One More Night Festival 2015
Toronto’s Capricorn 9 presents Jeffrey a play set in the ’90s during the AIDS crisis
Jeffery is a play by Paul Rudnick that tells the story of a gay man who has sworn off sex while living in New York amid the AIDS crisis in the ’90s. The script both embraces and defies the stereotypes of gay men at the time. Capricorn 9’s production of Jeffery at Red Sandcastle Theatre has plenty of distractingly rough edges but, at times, it still manages to find the confusion and exuberance of the era.
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The 10/10/10 Project, presented by Bismuth Theatre at Factory Theatre Mainspace as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival, is based on a unique concept. It can be easy to feel lost when watching such a conceptual show, but once I accepted that and went along for the ride, I experienced a fascinating exploration of writing, music, and dance.
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What is your definition of love and happiness? How do we expect love to be, and how are these expectations enhanced or shattered when we arrive at our destination? How do we look at the relationships of others, and how much do we care how they look at ours? These are the questions brilliantly posed and thoroughly explored by Three Five Production’s Perceptions of Love in the Pursuit of Happiness, playing now as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival.
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