Gothic play takes to the Toronto stage
On Thursday Night I saw Deborah Ann Frankel’s play, Gripless, at the Red Sandcastle Theatre.
Have you ever been to the Red Sandcastle Theatre? It used to be a store and it’s quite long and narrow. It’s a small space that seats about 50 people in three rows along the long wall. The stage isn’t raised at all–it’s what’s left over after the seating. It makes for very intimate theatre, and was perfect for this gothic piece set in the middle of nowhere. Continue reading Review: Gripless (Deborah Ann Frankel/Red Sandcastle Theatre)
The Merkin Sisters (a SNAFU production, playing at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival) has a back story. I know because it says so in the Fringe program. If I hadn’t read that, I wouldn’t have a clue — and it wouldn’t really matter. It’s billed as “A no-holds-barred physical comedy” but I don’t think that comes close to describing it.
I’d add wildly imaginative, absurd, bizarre, and sometimes baffling. And funny. Very funny.
Continue reading The Merkin sisters (SNAFU) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review
The ABCs of Love with Adult Baby Cupid (Still Your Friend Productions) isn’t in the 2018 Toronto Fringe printed program because they were asked to fill in for a show that dropped out at the last minute. It’s a shame because this is a very funny show and more people should know about it and see it. Continue reading The ABCs of Love with Adult Baby Cupid (Still Your Friend Productions) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review
Rob Gee wrote his solo show – Forget Me Not – The Alzheimer’s Whodunnit playing at the 2018 Toronto Fringe – based on his experiences as a registered nurse in the mid-90s. The show is used by the National Health Service in the UK as part of their training of healthcare providers in the areas of compassion and reporting concerns.
Sounds dry, doesn’t it? Not at all! Rob has combined comedy and social commentary in a show that’s sometimes hysterical, sometimes heartbreaking, always kind. Continue reading Forget Me Not – The Alzheimer’s Whodunnit (Rob Gee) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review
Martin Dockery: The Bike Trip isn’t in the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival printed program because Dockery is replacing someone who withdrew their show. He already had another show in the festival, Inescapable, so he agreed to do this one as well. Continue reading Martin Dockery: The Bike Trip (Martin Dockery) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review
The Ding Dong Girls (MoGo Co) is my favourite show so far at the 2018 Toronto Fringe. It’s got everything I love; talented cast, great songs, fabulous costumes, excellent book, and a tap dance number. It’s funny and very raunchy and manages to touch on some serious topics as well. It was sold out tonight, Factory Mainspace even opened the balcony. I expect that it will keep selling out. You should order your tickets right now. Ordering information is at the end of the review but do it now. Finish reading afterwards. Continue reading The Ding Dong Girls (MoGo Co.) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review
Why is Ryan G. Hinds‘ solo show, #KanderAndEbb, produced by colored lights, and playing as part of the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival. called what it’s called? Why the hashtag? What is KanderAndEbb? Continue reading #KanderAndEbb (colored lights) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review
The Space Chums!, a Space Chums production – part of Kidsfest – was the first show at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival. We entered the theatre through a silver archway with a shiny tinsel curtain. Very cooling on a hot day. I always think it bodes well for ‘my Fringe’ when I enjoy the first show that I see and I enjoyed this one. Not as much as the kids in the audience did though. Continue reading The Space Chums! (Space Chums) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review
I got to The Magnificent Terrific Top-Notch Superb Show – produced by Ishi & Bishi and playing as part of Kidfest at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival – with barely any time to spare. That meant no time to find a kid and their adult and chat a bit and see if I could talk to them after the show. Which means that this review is entirely from an adult perspective; mine. Continue reading The Magnificent Terrific Top-Notch Superb Show (Ishi & Bishi) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review
After your kids see Sharnoozle!, produced by Sometimes Y Theatre and part of Kidsfest at the Fringe Festival of Toronto 2018, they’re going to have a lot of questions. You might want to read up on Cavemen, King Tut, Joan of Arc, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, Amelia Earhart, and Sumo wrestlers. You’re going to meet them all. Continue reading Sharnoozle! (Sometimes Y Theatre) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review