Presented by Toronto Fringe at the 2021 Virtual Fringe Festival, Empty is playing as part of the live Primetime series. The script by Natalie Axon was the winner of the 2021 Digital 24 Hour Playwriting Contest and was performed live on Zoom. The contest specified that the play contains four elements: a missed phone call, a forgotten cup of coffee, a hidden garden, and a missed delivery. Continue reading Empty (Fringe Toronto) 2021 Toronto Fringe Review
Mangoes From the Valley, created by Aryana Mohammed and produced by Junebug Productions, is a heartbreaking portrait of Maria (Renee King), a Venezuelan woman in Trinidad, forced into sex work by circumstance.
Please note that this review discusses content (sexual assault, violence) that may be triggering to some readers.
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North of Smokey, created by David Doucette and produced by DaVid Studios, follows Frank Curtis, a one-armed man from Ingonish, Nova Scotia as he traverses the country. The production winds back and forth from Frank’s present, shown in live-action, to his past, illustrated with sketches and narration (animated by Julie Mongeluzi). Continue reading North of Smokey (DaVid Studios) 2021 Toronto Fringe Review
Cree playwright Kenneth T. Williams’ Bannock Republic comes to the Toronto Fringe Festival with the Centre for Indigenous Theatre. Written in 2010, the production feels as if it could have been written this month as the characters reveal the devastation of the generational trauma caused by the Residential School System. Continue reading Bannock Republic (Centre for Indigenous Theatre) 2021 Toronto Fringe Review
From No Fixed Address Productions comes But That’s Another Story: Festival Favourites. This production includes four storytellers and hosts Christel Bartelse and Briane Nasimok. Bartelse and Nasimok host a monthly storytelling hour called But That’s Another Story at the Free Times Cafe in Toronto, or virtually when necessary. Now, the duo has brought some of their favourite storytellers to this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival. Continue reading But That’s Another Story (No Fixed Address Productions) 2021 Toronto Fringe