All posts by Sarah Siddiqui

Deafy (Why Not Theatre) 2019 SummerWorks Review

Picture of Chris Dodd in Deafy

Performed partly in ASL, using both surtitles and spoken word, Deafy, written and performed by Chris Dodd and directed by Ashley Wright, is now on as part of SummerWorks 2019.

Dodd plays Nathan Jesper, a liaison with the National Deaf Association who travels the world giving educational talks on Deaf culture. At the top of the show he is late for a scheduled talk. As his presentation progresses, it derails from his usual content and we eventually learn why. Continue reading Deafy (Why Not Theatre) 2019 SummerWorks Review

burn, burned (Rodney Diverlus and Syrus Marcus Ware) 2019 SummerWorks Review

Picture of actors in burn, burnedburn, burned, produced by Rodley Diverlus and Syrus Marcus Ware, is now playing at SummerWorks. Part performance art and dance, the show features a band of revolutionaries regrouping after “decades of race wars” in a fictional future.

Diverlus notes that his choreography primarily strived to explore – but not definitively answer – areas of his own curiosity. As such, I tried not to find a clear story in the movement, but to pay attention to the feelings it evoked.

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Review: Nicole, Mark & Dan Improvise a Show (Nicole, Mark & Dan)

Picture of Mark Little, Dan Beirne, and Nicole Passmore in Nicole, Mark & Dan Improvise a ShowSweeping – but in that funny way – WWII Romance, Made Up On The Spot

Nicole, Mark & Dan Improvise a Show ended its three-show run at Bad Dog Theatre on August 2nd. Mark Little was unavailable for this final show, but fellow comedian Matt Folliott joined Dan Beirne and Nicole Passmore in his place.

This performance had the subtitle “A Summer Romance” – the troupe set out to improvise a “sweeping romance” set in the early 20th century.

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Closet Confessions: The Secrets of a Hot Mess (Hot Mess Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Picture of Patrick Cadgen in Closet Confessions: The Secrets of a Hot MessPart solo show, part stand-up special, Patrick Cadegan presents Closet Confessions: The Secrets of a Hot Mess, now playing at the Toronto Fringe. Cadegan tells us about his early life in Cape Breton, coming to terms with his sexuality as a gay man, moving to Toronto, struggling with depression, moving back home, and his eventual return to the city. Breaking up his personal material were short stand-up routines and original character monologues. Continue reading Closet Confessions: The Secrets of a Hot Mess (Hot Mess Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Sarah and Lucy (Runaway Hotel Kollective) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Nicole Fairbairn and Irena Huljak in Sarah and Lucy

Runaway Hotel Kollective presents Sarah and Lucy now playing at the Toronto Fringe. Sarah and Lucy is based on Trailer Park Boys, narrowing its focus on the two titular characters. As a card-carrying fan of the series, I was excited to see this show. In the same vein as the creators of this piece, I agree that Sarah and Lucy are (Sarah) and were (Lucy) criminally underused characters, often being used to move the story along rather than being properly developed.

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