If you’ve never experienced devised theatre, Loose Leaf’s premiere production of Me With You at the 2015 Toronto Fringe is a powerful example. Oliver Georgiou and Myrthin Stagg claim the Factory Studio stage in order to perform a physically dynamic tale of two siblings and a history of mental illness. All proceeds from the performance will be donated to CAMH. Continue reading Me With You (Loose Leaf Theatre) 2015 Toronto Fringe Review
SDT Production’s Heart Puppetations had a large theater to fill at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival. For a Saturday afternoon show, they attracted a diverse crowd. But for me, their earnest romantic comedy about a man who creates a perfect puppet woman, failed to make the most of the space. Continue reading Heart Puppetations (SDT Productions) 2015 Toronto Fringe Review
I am still shaking after the opening of Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl (Rebecca Perry Productions) at the 2015 Toronto Fringe. Part of that comes from the two cups of CSI Coffee Pubs cold brew I sampled in the line-up, but most of it comes from Joanie Little’s (Rebecca Perry) infectious energy and compelling story. Continue reading Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl (Rebecca Perry Productions) 2015 Toronto Fringe Review
I never expected to see improvisation at the Toronto Fringe Festival’s FringeKids! Now that I’ve seen Corral Blue Can’t Dance, I’ll be looking for it—though it only composed one part of this multifaceted kids’ variety show by Off Model Studios. Continue reading Corral Blue Can’t Dance! (Off Model Studios) 2015 Toronto Fringe Review
Antonio Skármeta’s The Referendum tells the story of Chile’s democracy at Toronto’s Luminato Festival
When I left the bright Queen’s Quay and Harbourfront area, bustling with families and street performers, I feared I was leaving the summer joy behind when I entered the Fleck Dance Theater for Antonio Skármeta’s The Referendum, one of Luminato’s 7 Monologues series.
Thankfully the story he told about Chile and the political moment that changed that nation’s history in 1988 left me with a pensive, yet powerful optimism. Continue reading Review: The Referendum (Luminato Festival)