Featuring four actors (Karres Vroom, Chris Austin, Matthew Krist, and Alina Kouvchinova), the play invites us into the psyche of a woman named Alice, in the form of a storage room that houses all of her thoughts, emotions, and memories, hoarding all the things she has not said.
When Happy Birthday Benjamin Holloway opened at the Toronto Fringe Festival , we saw the titular character sitting behind the piano, playing what sounds more like a melancholic tune and less like a celebratory sing-along, and things became somber, unsettling, and a little off-key.
Written, produced, and starred in by Mia Raye Smith, I Am Hope, playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival, is an autobiographical account about what it is like to live with mental illness, how to deal with anxiety, and the struggle that comes with it on a day to day basis.
Aptly titled, SELF-ish, now playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival, reminds us that some stories are not just about you. It reminds us too that who we are is more than just ourselves. In this one-woman show, we encounter Esther Jin (Diana Bang), the complicated relationship she has with her parents, and the even more troubling ways in which she tries to grapple with loss and grief.
I was expecting the tragedy of a long lost love unfold. But Letters to Annabelle by Panfish Productions, now playing at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival, has exceeded all expectations. What has unfolded instead is an immersive story of longings, desires, and uncovered truths. Continue reading Letters to Annabelle (Panfish Productions) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review
Opera 5 brings the Suffragette to the present on the Toronto stage
It seems almost impertinent that an opera written just over a century ago would resonate so much to the present moment. This double-bill production — Opera 5’s Suffragette, now showing at the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace — presents two works written by British composer and suffrage movement member Dame Ethel Smyth, to celebrate one of the (nasty) women who paved the way for a more equal and just society today.