All posts by Michelle Barker

The Centre of Everything Civilised (Winterbird Arts) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

by Michelle Barker

Poetry and prose blend seamlessly to tell the tale of a passionate summer affair.

The heat outside of Theatre Passe Muraille’s Extra Space was pretty unbearable this afternoon, but it was completely worth enduring in order to enter the world that the company of The Centre of Everything Civilised created. Continue reading The Centre of Everything Civilised (Winterbird Arts) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

Review: The World Is Ending… And It's All Your Fault – The Experts Collective (Toronto Festival of Clowns)

By Michelle Barker

The world may be ending, but The Experts have arrived at the Toronto Festival of Clowns just in time to save us all

Four clowns are trying to avoid death and total world destruction by an unnamed force that seems to be linked to earthquakes, the ‘swan’ flu, and meteors. That’s the premise of The World is Ending… And It’s All Your Fault, an hour-long play created by The Experts Collective as part of the fifth annual Toronto Festival of Clowns. Continue reading Review: The World Is Ending… And It's All Your Fault – The Experts Collective (Toronto Festival of Clowns)

Review: Fucking Stephen Harper – Ten Foot Pole Productions

By Michelle Barker

A man’s memories of sexually assaulting the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada return to the stage after a successful run in the 2009 Toronto Fringe

Trust me when I say I do not need to explain the premise of this one-man show. No hidden agenda here; Rob Salerno stands on stage with nothing but a stool beside him and a powerpoint presentation behind him. Exactly as the title suggests, Salerno has stopped by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto on his “book tour” for his latest work, Fucking Stephen Harper, the story of how he sexually assaulted Prime Minister Stephen Harper while attempting to secure an interview. Continue reading Review: Fucking Stephen Harper – Ten Foot Pole Productions