All posts by Nadaa Hyder

Ambiguous (Afterglow) 2011 Toronto Fringe Review

Ambiguous is a play with quite an unusual story. As a writer sits to create the perfect character, there is an earwig that controls his mind, and forcefully collaborates with him. Then a couple of other intruders appear, Panic (initially introduced as loneliness wrapped in nostalgia) and Hysteria. As each of these four struggle to dominate the story in their favour, it is interesting to see how it all pans out when each get a bit of control.

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A Different Woman: a True Story of a Texas Childhood (Texpatriate Productions) 2011 Toronto Fringe Review

A Different Woman: a True Story of a Texas Childhood is based on the autobiography of Edna Gertrude Beasley, My First Thirty Years. The fact that it is a true story immediately gives it more credibility and allows for forgiveness of the mundaneness in the plot. It is a 90 minute one woman show in which she passionately shares her story. The play itself is not mundane because Veronica Russell’s acting is captivating and doesn’t lead the audience to stray.
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Sonnets for an Old Century (Clownfire) 2011 Toronto Fringe Review

Sonnets for an Old Century is a play with no linear narrative. Via 16 monologues there are 16 narratives that are told, each sharing what their last thoughts are before they die. If they simply have a story to share or if they have something to say to someone in particular. As these individuals grapple with death, so does the audience. Continue reading Sonnets for an Old Century (Clownfire) 2011 Toronto Fringe Review

Rabbit Hole (The Works Department) 2011 Fringe Review

At the St. Vladimir Theatre, Rabbit Hole presents me with an interesting dilemma. Going in I expect a heartfelt drama and an eye-opening experience but instead I am left with what seems like a regular couple’s troubled relationship.

Becca and Howie are a married couple who have lost their four year old child in a tragic accident. We get an insight into how they deal with this trauma with the help (or in some cases lack of help) from their family.

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Everything in Moderation 2011 Fringe Review

Everything in Moderation creates a great atmosphere at the George Ignattief Theatre. A stunning duet performance takes over this small venue. The main focus in this show is the dance, and it is amazing how through dance a common, everyday issue can be conveyed so convincingly. Everything in Moderation, but what happens if you are already over saturated? The issues are current as well as the music and dance style.
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