All posts by Mirette Shoeir

Review: Lear (Groundling Theatre Company)

Photo from LearGrounding Theatre Company gives The Bard’s classic a feminist twist, on stage in Toronto

I literally said “Yowza!” when the volunteer usher handing me my program at the Harbourfront Centre told me that Groundling Theatre Company’s production of Lear is three hours long. However, I’m happy to report that the old adage holds true and time does fly when you’re having fun. When this stunning production ends you are left wanting more.

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2018 Next Stage Festival Review: Leila Live! (Laugh With Leila Productions)

Photo of Leila by Stuart Lowe PhotographyI have forever been meaning to see (yet somehow always managing to miss) a show by Laugh With Leila Productions. So I was excited to discover that the self-styled Persian Princess with a cult following is back with a riotous new performance, Leila Live!, playing in the Factory Theatre Antechamber as part of the Next Stage Theatre Festival.

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Review: RaPUNzel (Red Sandcastle Theatre)

Red Sandcastle Theatre in Toronto takes on the story of Rapunzel in their latest panto tale

Before seeing RaPUNzel at Red Sandcastle Theatre I had never been to a pantomime, was not sure what to expect. I wondered if there would be audience participation (my inability to find a date for the night meant I had no one to hide behind if that should be the case). Happily, though, I discovered that this is the sort of show that leaves you with your cheeks aching from laughter. Continue reading Review: RaPUNzel (Red Sandcastle Theatre)

Review: The Tenth Muse (Filament Incubator)

Toronto’s Filament Incubator presents The Tenth Muse, a play by Julie Foster

It is easy to walk past the black door of 56 Kensington Avenue and not notice it’s there. Yet downstairs in a small concrete basement, known as Kensington Hall (said with tongue in cheek one assumes) an exciting indie performance of budding playwright Julie Foster’s The Tenth Muse, presented by Filament Incubator, is taking place. Continue reading Review: The Tenth Muse (Filament Incubator)

Review: Wake Up And Smell The Coffee (LowDown Theatre Company)

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee posterToronto’s LowDown Theatre Company presents Wake Up And Smell The Coffee, a play by Eric Bogosian

I see a lot of theatre. And while Toronto offers a diverse fare with something for everyone you seldom come across a show that will enthrall you as LowDown Theatre’s production of Eric Bogosian’s Wake Up and Smell the Coffee at The Assembly Theatre. Continue reading Review: Wake Up And Smell The Coffee (LowDown Theatre Company)