All posts by Tarah Kennedy

LIZA LIVE! (Total Betty Productions) 2013 Toronto Fringe Review

Liza Live Jennifer WallsLIZA LIVE! is possibly the best overall performance I have seen this year at The Toronto Fringe Festival. It is being put on at The Annex Theatre by Total Betty Productions and you won’t want to miss it.

Jennifer Walls as Liza Minnelli (“that’s Liza with a Z not an S”) takes us a lot deeper into Liza’s life and thoughts than I expected. I was expecting only kitschy Liza fun, but was so happily surprised by how much heart this piece has. I feel it has a very inspiring and positive message.

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My High-Heeled Life: Or, How I Learned to Keep Worrying and Love My Stilettos (Sparking Fuse Productions) 2013 Toronto Fringe Review

My High Heeled Life Toronto FringeMy High-Heeled Life: Or, How I Learned to Keep Worrying and Love My Stilettos is a solo play written by and starring Katharine McLeod. This piece, being put on by Sparking Fuse as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival is being shown at the Tarragon Theatre.

I find I am eyeing her outfit the moment I walk in. It’s hard not to, with her red lips that we notice as she takes a peek at the audience and her beautiful black suede pumps to top off a tight black dress. She has her back towards us, adding a sense of mystery and intrigue.

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Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare BASH’d) 2013 Toronto Fringe Review

Much Ado About Nothing FringeShakespeare BASH’d is back at Fringe this year with another site-specific Shakespeare piece at the Victory Café, this year it’s Much Ado About Nothing.

This incredibly entertaining 90 minute piece is set in a post-war celebration, while maintaining the traditional Shakespearean language people are familiar with. The shortened version doesn’t take away from the original and the changes are barely noticeable.

Many people know the story well. As a child, the film was one of my favourites and I watched it over and over.

If people aren’t familiar with the play, however, they need not worry as they will be able to follow along. The piece flows very nicely and, other than a few line flubs, it feels comfortable and seems natural.

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Bad Guys Finish First (Backyard Spaceship Productions) 2013 Toronto Fringe Review

BadGuysFinishFirst Gavin Williams

Bad Guys Finish First is a one-man show being put on by Backyard Spaceship Productions at Theatre Passe Muraille’s Mainspace. Normally, I tend to steer clear of one-man shows, but seeing as it’s the Toronto Fringe Festival I thought, why not. This show is written by and stars Gavin Williams as Baxter Bentley and let me tell you, this man’s compelling performance had me hooked immediately.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream…A Puppet Epic! (Shakey-Shake and Friends) 2013 Toronto Fringe Review

A Midsummer Night's Dream...A Puppet Epic. Shakey and Zip

A Midsummer Night’s Dream…A Puppet Epic! Put on by Shakey-Shake and Friends at The Palmerston Library Theatre as part of FringeKids, combined my love of both Shakespeare and puppets. I have been working with puppets for the past year and have fallen in love with these furry and odd creatures. To see new ones of different shapes, sizes and colours, created by Tom McGee, was like meeting new friends. Walking into the theatre I was surrounded by very young children and their parents. I sat beside a wonderful little girl wearing pink hippo rain boots, quite darling.

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