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Shadow Kingdom (Mochinosha Puppet Company) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Daniel Wishes and Seri Yanai in Shadow Kingdom

A KidsFest must-see for all ages, Daniel Wishes and Seri Yanai’s Shadow Kingdom is produced by Mochinosha Puppet Company playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

While I was in awe of the performance, I noticed the entire audience seemed equally captivated by Shadow Kingdom. The story revolves around Minerva, who is glued to her phone. She doesn’t want to sleep and impatiently checks her phone again and again for messages. This leads to her phone being taken by Hypnos, the God of Sleep. Minerva decides to get her phone back and thus ensues a zany, colourful adventure.

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Harvey & the Extraordinary (tilt/shift theatre) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Eliza Martin in Harvey & the Extraordinary

Harvey & the Extraordinary takes place in Mimi’s garage and is produced by tilt/shift theatre playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival as an off-site performance.

As a must-see, I really don’t want to give too much away. Eliza Martin’s portrayal of Mimi, also known as The Extraordinary, is enchanting and whimsical. Yet, Martin captures Mimi’s vulnerable childhood with integrity and depth of feeling. Continue reading Harvey & the Extraordinary (tilt/shift theatre) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

And then…she did! (With Whit and Whimsy) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Joseph Zita, Alene Degian, and Jonathan Shaboo in And then...She DId!

And then…she did!, where “no dreams are too big”, is produced by With Whit and Whimsy and is playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival as part of KidsFest.

A very upbeat and energetic show, And then…she did! focuses on something most children can relate to but often don’t have the most positive feelings about — what do they want to be when they grow up?

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Tales of Foreign Lands and People (Jazz Haz Productions) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Anthony Audain and a tropical set piece from the play Tales of Foreign Lands and People.

Tales of Foreign Lands and People produced by Jazz Haz Productions playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival  is a delightful introduction to creator and performer Anthony Audain’s work. Audain’s opening resonated with me as I am very interested in my ancestors and their stories, both “real and imagined”, as Audain would say.

Audain, as Papa Say, launched energetically into the recounting of three stories for children while keyboardist Rob Lindey provided music that felt both comforting and engaging.
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