PRTNR, written and performed by David Rowan and Natalie Kulesza playing at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival, is a sketch comedy show exploring the possible definitions of partnership.
At the end of a long day of seeing Fringe shows, this one was a joy to watch. The concept is simple, and Rowan and Kulesza (directed by Sam Roulston) rose to the occasion to develop sketches that really are “over-the-top” funny, all while maintaining sincerity and loyalty to the theme.
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“Yes, this is a love story, and yes, I love the cock!” comedian Colette Kendall proclaims at the top of her show, The Cockwhisperer – A Love Story. Kendall’s storytelling-based show traces her journey through love, sex ed in the late 1970s, body- and self-image, systemic misogyny, and of course, the cock.
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The Two of Us, produced by Red Drapes Productions, was originally written by Croatian playwright Tena Stivicic and translated by members of the company. This Toronto Fringe production marks the North American premiere of the acclaimed play. The script is full of witty, sardonic one-liners and unique cultural allusions that speak to the strength of the script’s translation.
The story primarily revolves around the relationship between Anja and Lena, tracing their dynamic from a chance meeting at a nightclub, and following them over time as they become inseparable. Anja and Lena are both drifting through post-war life when they meet and find solace with each other while engaging in persistent substance use and navigating problematic love lives. As the two get closer, they realize that they are connected far more closely than they originally anticipated. In director Svjetlana Jaklenec’s words, the play is “…an ode to the resilience of those who go on” after unspeakable tragedy; namely the Yugoslav Wars.
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her., the creation of writer and performer Deborah Shaw and director David Agro (zippysaid productions), is now playing at the 2018 Toronto Fringe.
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For the duration of the Toronto Fringe Festival, I have had the opportunity to participate in the T.E.N.T. (Theatre Entrepreneurs’ Network and Training) program. Now in its second year, T.E.N.T. is a free training program initiated by the Toronto Fringe, largely supported by RBC’s Emerging Artists Project.
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All Our Yesterdays, playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival, tells the story of two fictional sisters, both victims of the 2014 mass abduction of schoolgirls in Nigeria.
Chloé Hung showcases her immense capabilities as a playwright and director, and also gives voice to the voiceless — the mandate of her theatre company, AnOther Theatre Company. Chloé discusses the importance of this story.
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Sloanliness is a one man show presented by the Toronto Fringe, starring Dan Hershfield and produced by Scattered Flurries Productions. In it, Hershfield details the time he met his hero, Chris Murphy of Sloan, and how he handled the pressures of that encounter.
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Cootie Catcher is a one-man show written by, and starring Lucas Brooks, presented by the Toronto Fringe Festival. Switching hats between performer and sex educator, Brooks details his experiences as a sex positive person and his close encounters with STIs and sex negativity.
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Georama (written by Jackie Torrens) is about two lifelong friends whose relationship is threatened by a recent discovery of their past. The show is presented by the Toronto Fringe Festival, produced by Invincible Emu and Empty Sea Company, and directed by Arne MacPherson.
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