All posts by Stephen Lubin

My Nightmare’s Wear White (Obliviate) 2016 Summerworks Review

My Nightmares Wear WhiteMy Nightmare’s Wear White is a courageous reenactment of a young woman’s struggle with Still’s Disease . It’s playing at The Theatre Centre‘s BMO Incubator as a part of SummerWorks 2016 before moving on to Halifax in the fall. In it, the writer and performer Grace Thompson shares her experience and pain with the audience in a deeply emotional performance. Continue reading My Nightmare’s Wear White (Obliviate) 2016 Summerworks Review

Plucked (Newborn Theatre) 2016 Summerworks Review

Plucked-400x600The one thought running through my head after seeing Plucked at The Theatre Centre’s Mainspace was: “That was beautifully f***ed up.” Plucked is being put on by Newborn Theatre as part of Summerworks 2016, and it’s a surreal, funny, and deeply disturbing dissection of gender and the oppression of women by our patriarchal society.
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Review: Shakesbeer (Classical Theatre Project)

shakesbeerShakesbeer brings its comedy back to Toronto’s Wynchwood Barns this summer

The Classical Theatre Project’s Shakesbeer is a perfect storm of good things. Their production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), running until August 17th at the Artscape Wynchwood Barns, has become a summer tradition in Toronto. All the things theatre-lovers (or at least this theatre-lover) enjoy – the bard, live music, great acting, and beer – come together to make Shakesbeer one of the most enjoyable shows I’ve ever seen. Continue reading Review: Shakesbeer (Classical Theatre Project)

Review: Peter and the Starcatcher (Lower Ossington Theatre)

Jason Gray as Black Stache and Nathaniel Kinghan as PeterToronto’s Lower Ossington Theatre presents Peter and the Starcatcher, a quintessential family show

It’s a sad fact of life that we all grow up, but if you want to feel like a kid again, you could go see Peter and the Starcatcher, running from July 7th to August 28th at the Lower Ossington Theatre. My guest and I had a lot of fun watching this play, though in retrospect I probably should have brought my 14 year old sister instead of my 24 year old cousin. This is a quintessential family show that reminds me of a Pixar movie in the way that viewers of all ages will be able to enjoy it for different reasons. Continue reading Review: Peter and the Starcatcher (Lower Ossington Theatre)

Goodbye To All That (Mirabilis) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

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Right off the bat, Goodbye To All That (playing in the Passe Muraille Mainspace at the Toronto Fringe Festival) has a great name going for it. It also sports some great dialogue and fantastic acting.

The show tells the story of a wayward man who falls in with a ragtag group at the Cabaret Voltaire in the midst of WWI. Through them, he learns of Dadaism as a form of expression. The show’s timeline is non-linear, but the plot is still concise and easy to follow. This play is a perfect example of dramedy, with an even balance of both the comedic and dramatic in it.

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