All posts by Rachel Schwartz Fagan

Review: Las Meninas (Ilna Theatre Collective)

A Possible Story Behind Velázquez’s Las Meninas Takes the Stage in Toronto

Picture of actors in Las MeninasDeceit, betrayal, lies, and murder all take place in the Spanish court of Las Meninas, staged at Red Sandcastle Theatre.

The play is set over a fictitious day in the Spanish court. Trouble brews when princesses come from other countries as ambassadors to discuss Spain’s colonial movements. Everything takes place as Diego Velázquez composes his famous piece, Las Meninas.

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Omen: The Musical (Eighteen Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Picture of a portion of the poster of Omen: The Musical

Omen: The Musical, produced by Eighteen Productions/ The Creation Coffin and playing at the Annex Theatre for the Toronto Fringe Festival, is a post-apocalyptic witch musical with a message: Save the environment.

The second doomsday is looming and Mother (Earth) is dying. The witches cast spells with dance as they desperately try to save Mother. I particularly love the Bacchic revelry of spell-casting, and celebrating witches. The melodic sighs and screams that accompany their songs are the perfect soundtrack for a coven. Continue reading Omen: The Musical (Eighteen Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review