All posts by Mirette Shoeir

Review: Monday Night Lights (Sex T-Rex)

poster for Monday Night Lights

Monday Night Lights is an, unscripted sports melodrama presented on the last Monday of every month by Sex T-Rex at Bad Dog Cafe. Every show works with the framework of a loose narrative set around high-school melodrama in a town where sports are king, and everything revolves around what happens at “the big game.”

The episode I attended kicks off with callers dialling into a radio station to express their excitement over the big game. They hoping nothing happens to the star player, who, right on cue, is abducted by aliens.

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A Dark Horse in Low Light (Students of Loretto College for the NTS Festival Ontario) 2019 SummerWorks Review

A Dark Horse in Low Light, playing at SummerWorks 2019 is an intricate dialogue about race collectively crafted by a group of female students at Loretto College.

Let me begin by saying that this was a staged reading of this play and not a full performance. Yet, I found this show to still be poignant, insightful and at times funny.

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Review: RHINOCEROS (Douze Citrons)

Thought-provoking Ionesco play arrives on the Toronto stage

Douze Citrons have chosen a timely moment to mount their production of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros at the Aki Studio. A quaint french town is turned upside down as its residents start changing into Rhinoceroses. The change happens slowly at first, and the animals seem to cause little harm, but soon life in the town comes to a standstill as more and more of its inhabitants transform. As the pressure mounts, the choice to remain human becomes less and less attractive. Continue reading Review: RHINOCEROS (Douze Citrons)

Review: Loot (Bygone Theatre)

British farce plays on the Toronto stage

Bygone Theatre fires off their 2018 season with Joe Orton’s Loot at Alumnae Theatre. I found this to be a production which shines on the technical aspects: the play is set in 1960s England and the set, props and costumes are all faithful representations of that era. The cast adopt English accents, which they maintain respectably well. Unfortunately, I felt that this attention to detail seems to have come at the expense of the humor and character depth offered by the play.

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