All posts by Michelle Barker

Review: Buzz Festival (Theatre Passe Muraille)

by Michelle Barker

I’m going to start off by saying that this review won’t be a review so much as a piece about my experience with the Buzz Festival at Theatre Passe Muraille. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the Buzz Festival, it is a festival that showcases excerpts of new works from Toronto artists. I was fortunate enough to stage manage a show during the Buzz Festival last fall and I’ve been as earnest advocate of Buzz ever since.

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Review: Are You Okay (Necessary Angel Theatre Company)

by Michelle Barker

Now, when I was looking at the playlistings for the coming week, I immediately asked to review this piece. Not because I read the synopsis or the concept for Are You Okay. Rather because of the two theatrical gems that created the piece and the exquisite creative team that supported them throughout the process. My show partner, Val, had the exact same response when I asked her if she wanted to accompany me to the show. Continue reading Review: Are You Okay (Necessary Angel Theatre Company)

Review: A Chorus Line (Toronto Youth Theatre)

By Michelle Barker


It’s a show about what happens before the show can happen. 17 dancers stand on a white line downstage and wait anxiously to be told whether or not they’ve made the cut.

I’m going to be honest, I went into the Lower Ossington Theatre tonight without ever having seen A Chorus Line and expecting to hate it. I don’t love musical theatre. I’ve noted it before and I’ll probably note it again… it’s not my thing. And the way my roommate, Rodney (a dancer himself), described the show, I thought I would be forced to hide eye rolls for the duration of its two-hour running time. Continue reading Review: A Chorus Line (Toronto Youth Theatre)

Review: The Apology – (Rabiayshna Productions) – Next Stage Theatre Festival

by Michelle Barker

George Byron, Percy Shelley, Claire Clairmont, and Mary Shelley. They’re all names you’ve probably heard. But… you’ve probably never seen them like this.

The brilliant Darrah Teitel has created an incredible play based on what these four young people might have experienced and done while writing the masterpieces for which they came to be known. The Apology, currently playing at Factory Theatre, isn’t an historical account of their time in Switzerland, but it’s definitely engaging and definitely sexy. Continue reading Review: The Apology – (Rabiayshna Productions) – Next Stage Theatre Festival