All posts by Saba Akhtar

Cam Baby (Theatre Mischief) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Beau Dixon, Brandon Coffey, Christine Horne, Ashley Botting, Andrew Cameron, and Karl Ang

I got to see Cam Baby by Mischief Theatre during the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival at Factory Theatre.

This dark comedy is as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. Clara is a trying to navigate her relationship with her new boyfriend, Tim. At the same time roommate and landlord, Joseph, is secretly filming her with the help of his girlfriend, Natalie, and friend, Damien, for a live webcam feed.

Everything about this show gets an A+. I thought that writer Jessica Moss really hit it out of the park. From beginning to end, I was blown away.
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Happiness™ (May Can Theatre) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

happinesstonyadamscorythibertThis evening I had the opportunity to watch Happiness™ by May Can Theatre, playing at Theatre Passe Muraille in the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival .

Peter and James are two charming salesmen out to sell YOU happiness. The show begins with bright lights, loud music, and two cheerful young men running in and out of the audience in an attempt to pump us up. They explain how they have the secret to happiness, while doing an impressive dance routine.

But happiness isn’t as simple as they make it out to be.

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Dan’s Inferno (Fratwurst) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

hands and forearms coming up from inside a teacupFratwurst presents Dan’s Inferno at the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival playing at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse.

A comedy about an exceptionally average man named — you guessed it — Dan. After an accident that results in his death, Dan ends up in purgatory. There he is given the choice of either going to heaven or hell and in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Beatrice, he follows her to hell.

Dan’s Inferno is hilarious, and filled with quick-witted jokes that are brutally frank.

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Mullet’s Ghost Story (meMullet) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

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Tonight I saw Mullet’s Ghost Story by meMullet at the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival.

The show centers around Jean-Paul Mullet, a zombie clown, who tries to tell the audience a ghost story but ends up resurrecting the ghost of his past lover, played by Hilary June Hart. In this comedy, the audience gets to see the both of them rekindle their oddball romance.

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Doomed (Ferocious Smirk Productions) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

child in seventies era suit, talking to jesusFerocious Smirk Productions brings Doomed, a solo performance created by and starring Jorge Moreira, to the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival at the Factory Theatre Mainspace.

Jorge Moriera recalls growing up in a Portuguese family in Toronto and how he progressed into adulthood, all while learning how to manage A.D.D.

When reading up on the show, I was intrigued. I haven’t watched many shows that discuss learning disabilities and, as someone with one as well, I was excited to see what kind of performance could come of it. I had never really thought about it before, but the idea of being represented felt great! If only for the sake of knowing that people with similar disadvantages are not being controlled by them.

Unfortunately, I felt let down.

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Review: My Co-Mates and Brothers in Exile (Shakespeare in the Ruff)

IMG_0729“Charming and fun” immersive play engrosses children, adults alike in Toronto

Let me be very honest. When I was making the trek from the Ossington strip to North York to watch Shakespeare in the Ruff‘s production My Co-Mates and Brothers in Exile, created and directed by Eva Barrie, I wasn’t too excited about hanging out in the park. I’m a little embarrassed to admit (but not embarrassed enough to deny it to the public) but the thought of “Ugh, walking the entire time? Really?” did cross my mind when waiting for the show to start. As much as I love watching a good show, I also love sitting in a comfortable chair with a beer in hand.

While walking to the first location, as instructed, my feet dragged. I was acting more like a child than the 7-year-olds surrounding me! But that all changed as I walked into the first scene of this site-specific performance. Continue reading Review: My Co-Mates and Brothers in Exile (Shakespeare in the Ruff)