805-4821, written and performed by Davis Plett and playing at SummerWorks 2019, is a story about life, family, relationships, coming out, and sexual abuse that pushes the definitions of performance. Continue reading 805-4821 (Davis Plett) 2019 SummerWorks Review
Follow parking enforcement officer (PEO for short) Rita Mae Nelson (played by Jamillah Ross) on a walk around Parkdale in St. Peon of Parkdale, produced by Theatre-A-Go-Go and playing at SummerWorks 2019.
Continue reading St. Peon of Parkdale (Theatre-A-Go-Go) Summerworks 2019 Review
A Possible Story Behind Velázquez’s Las Meninas Takes the Stage in Toronto
Deceit, 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.
Continue reading Review: Las Meninas (Ilna Theatre Collective)
Night Feed, produced by Canvas Sky Theatre and playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival, takes place in the exhausted fever dream of a new mother’s late-night breast feed. In this production, household objects come to life, anxieties are real, and dust bunnies have sex behind the couch. Continue reading Night Feed (Canvas Sky Theatre) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review
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
Malvolio is a Shakespearean character, so I prepared myself to review I, Malvolio, produced by impel theatre and playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival, by watching Twelfth Night. I knew close to nothing about this play, initially written and performed by Tim Crouch. Continue reading I, Malvolio (impel theatre) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review