Dina: The Burlapped Crusader (Footpath Productions), staged at Theatre Passe Muraille during this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival, encourages audience members to enter the theatre sans the expected (and sometimes ignored) digital etiquette, by leaving our cell phones on. I found myself strangely reluctant to do so.
Many of us no longer trust our sketchy neighbours, the awkward person that makes eye contact on the subway or the weirdo who greets everyone with a booming “good morning!” This story about real human connection is explored through what is probably the biggest cause of our disconnection – our personal electronics.
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I love everything I see at Tarragon, and Temple of Khaos (Daniel Nimmo), was no exception. The only problem I have with this venue is getting there. Conveniently located next to nothing in particular, I find myself sprinting to get there with minutes to spare before showtime more often than I care to admit (there is apparently something going on with parking lots so if you are driving you should be extra careful with scheduling).
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With a name like Eat, Poo, Love (Squint & Grunt Productions), I have to admit it was hard for me NOT to see this Fringe 2012 show. The synopsis for this show read “this true story is full of shit.” And full of shit it was…literally.
Although I was very nervous about the bathroom humour element, (I once watched an episode of King of the Hill which was almost entirely about the Dad trying to poop) it was less American Pie than I feared. Continue reading Eat, Poo, Love (Squint & Grunt Productions) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review
Plutos’ Revenge (Ten Toes Theatre), playing as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival 2012, is the story of a tiny little planet that just wants to fit in. Staged at the George Ignatieff Theatre, it is more dance than narrative but through movement manages to convey much.
Pluto (Emma Letki) is the runt of the litter, the one who may or may not be a planet anymore, who is always a step behind in dance choreography, and a little more uncoordinated than her co-planets. Continue reading Pluto’s Revenge (Ten Toes) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review
There is nothing as oddly touching as the relationship between a man and his plastic skeleton. Smart Food (Ray-Alan Productions), playing at Annex Theatre, is the tale of Florence (Andy Ingram) and his inanimate friend, Frasier.
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