Artists take a major risk when they set out to make theater about love. In this respect, I give major kudos to Dysrhythmia Theatre for Tachycardia at the Toronto Fringe Festival – Fringe is for risk, and not enough artists dive from the limb. The problem with making theatre about love is that every heart in the audience knows how the story should be told. Mine is no different, I make that clear from the start.
‘Tachycardia’ is a blood and guts way of saying heartache; writer/director Rebecca Gismondi’s definition is “When the heart is ripped and the mind is torn.” Another definition would be “Breakup.” Love and breakups: prime drama territory, yet such a minefield for theatre. The potential for cliché, the gravitational pull toward melodrama spike the ground.
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Alinka Angelova is gunning for Broadway with MUTE: The Musical! playing now at the Toronto Fringe Festival. If anyone had a million bucks to put behind it, we’d have a commercial hit.
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If you’re a theatre person, and/or if you’re a political type who can (and will) pull any conversation around to the War on Terror, you’ll enjoy Climbing Mount Rumsfeld (Next Play). It’s written and performed by Joe Hamilton—who is both kinds of people—playing now at the Toronto Fringe Festival.
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Fresh from a residency at the Fringe Creation Lab, I Was Born White is an autobiographical, multimedia dance performance by Melisse Watson about their own interracial adoption, realized on stage at the Robert Gill Theatre by Knot Rivals Company. This Toronto Fringe Festival performance is a charged, focused, and deep work of modern dance that traces personhood, placelessness, and racial politics where they most deeply reside: home, body, our very DNA.
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Spilling Family Secrets (GoodSide Productions) is THE date-night show at the Toronto Fringe Festival for anyone who is currently in love, or anyone who would like to be in love but could use a couple pointers first. I myself am currently in a long distance relationship, so writing—emails and texts, mostly—figures heavily in my romance. I’ll be taking a leaf from Sam and Brownie Freedman’s box of love letters for sure, because this solo theater performance left me breathless and teary-eyed in the way all good love stories must.
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The title of MUTE: The Musical made me do a doubletake. “Say what?”
So I asked the show’s creator, Alinka Angelova, to talk me through this ensemble performance about bullying, finding yourself, and liberation that has already toured the Canadian Fringe circuit to acclaim. It premieres July 2nd at the 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival (and I’ll be doing a review, too). Here’s what she told me:
Continue reading Talking Fringe – Alinka Angelova on MUTE: A Musical Against Bullying! playing at Toronto Fringe 2014