All posts by Sarah Siddiqui

PRTNR (David Told Me To Do This Productions) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Natalie Kulesza and David Rowan in PRTNR

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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The Cockwhisperer — A Love Story (Colette Kendall) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Colette Kendall in The Cockwhisperer -- A Love Story

“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 (Red Drapes Productions) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Beatriz Yuste and in The Two of Us
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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Talking Fringe – Chloé Hung writes and directs All Our Yesterdays at Toronto Fringe 2015

Photo of Chiamaka Umeh and Amanda Weise from All Our Yesterdays by Anthony Saleh

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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