We’ve at the first weekend of the Toronto Fringe Festival and at this point we’ve just about finished reviewing every show at the Fringe! We encourage you to take a look through our index of reviews and share your thoughts on the shows you’ve seen or the shows you plan on seeing. Maybe we’ve managed to inspire you to check out something you hadn’t considered, and that’s just plain awesome!
We’re rolling right along with our Fringe for Free contest, so if you’ve considered seeing any of the shows listed below, now’s your chance! Once again, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to five more Fringe shows for their performances on Monday, July 10. Check below the cut for details on how to enter.
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I love a good murder mystery. It’s for that reason that I was excited to see Odd One Out by Human Wick Effect, on stage at the Tarragon Extraspace as part of this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival. I mean, just reading the descriptor had me sold: 1950’s, love triangle, secret attraction, a college student wanders into the woods and disappears. Is she dead? Is she alive? What happened to Clementine Yates?
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Picaza is a contemporary dance performance by The Inamorata Dance Collective as part of this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival. I’ll be honest, when I first selected this production to be part of my Fringe experience this year, I did not know it was a dance show. I was drawn to the description on the Fringe site — the story of a young woman’s journey to self awareness, through the metaphor of a magpie (‘picaza‘ in Spanish) the one bird who can recognize their own reflection.
But the dance element makes me nervous. I don’t have a dance background, often I’ve left a dance experience feeling like I just didn’t get what I just saw. Most of the language of dance is lost on me so I approached Picaza with distinct apprehension. And though I still may not have fully “got it”, I can happily say that I enjoyed it.
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This is a hard one. Shadowlands, playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival, ended quite a few hours ago and I’m still staring into space deciphering what I just saw. On the surface, it’s one of those non-linear pieces of storytelling where each bit and piece at first glance makes absolutely no sense until you follow the rabbit hole to the end.
Only thing is, this story is also told in darkness with shards of concentrated light meant to direct your attention for a bizarre and intriguing effect.
Continue reading Shadowlands (Pretentious Productions) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review
When approaching the ticket desk for Office Hours, playing at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival, the welcoming volunteer cautions you with a trigger warning — frank and candid discussions of PTSD ahead. The kind of PTSD that often haunts those who have witnessed war first hand.
I was expecting a show like this to be explosive. What I found was that it came just short. And, well, perhaps that’s a good thing.
Continue reading Office Hours (Confirmation Bias Theatre) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review
What could be a heart-wrenching and agonizing story is anything but. Singing to My Left Kidney, on stage during this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival, is Ada Balon’s story, a tale about her kidney cancer diagnosis and how she learned to live on. Instead of being full of remorse and anguish, Balon approaches her story with often times raunchy comedy and song.
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I’ve seen shows similar in style to that of NASTY, Maelstrom Art Collective‘s contribution to this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival. It’s not really a play in the standard sort but more a narrative told through movement and spoken word. Not plot driven but point driven and often a student/recent grad manned production. Out of the similar productions I’ve seen, NASTY stands as one of the better ones.
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I’ve just had the most fun while hanging out at a bar at a Fringe show. I mean sure, there’s that birthday karaoke show which sounds like a hoot but Bendy Sign Tavern, playing at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival, has puppets. And everyone loves puppets. Continue reading Bendy Sign Tavern (Sex T-Rex) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review
D&D Yoga, playing at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival, is a combination of two great things that, I for one, did not expect would pair together so well. But they do. As the title suggests, D&D Yoga is Dungeons and Dragons and yoga. When I saw the listing for the show I wondered how the mechanics of it would work but as I quickly saw, as I rolled my D20 for damage, lunged, sun saluted, and downward dogged, it all blends together rather well.
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