All posts by Tracey Beltrano

Review: Full House The Musical! (Starvox Entertainment and Redwood Entertainment)

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Full House The Musical! starring Perez Hilton is playing at Toronto’s Randolph Theatre

Ok, so here goes. Full House The Musical! currently running at The Randolph Theatre in Toronto, Ontario has been skewered in the press. I now see why. But I want to make something very clear; these actors are doing one hell of a job with a very imperfect script. Continue reading Review: Full House The Musical! (Starvox Entertainment and Redwood Entertainment)

Review: Cut (Radioactive Ladybird Productions)

Cut at The Storefront Theatre Toronto. From L to R: Laura Salvas, Seema Lakhani, Hartley Jafine. Photo by Tina McCulloch Radioactive Ladybird presents Cut, a play by Crystal Skillman at Toronto’s Storefront Theatre

Tonight, I was eager to see the play Cut, a comic drama about a production team racing against the clock to complete the season finale of a trashy reality series. The play is written by Crystal Skillman and produced by Radioactive Ladybird Productions at The Storefront Theatre.

It was my first time at this theatre and I was surprised at how decent it was considering the space they had to work with. Unfortunately, it was stifling hot in there and not only were my guest and I uncomfortable, but it was obvious the audience was too judging by all the program fanning I saw. Continue reading Review: Cut (Radioactive Ladybird Productions)

Face Value: West (Dorothy Mae Productions) 2015 SummerWorks Review

Face Value: West, 2015 SummerWorks Fesival, Tracey Hoyt

I am so thrilled that I caught Face Value: West, created by Tracey Hoyt and Kate Ashby at the 2015 SummerWorks Festival at The Theatre Centre BMO Arts Incubator. I was intrigued to watch this “fully improvised experiment with photography” because it sounded like such a daringly awesome concept that, as a performer, would completely terrify me.

Unsurprisingly, the more than capable Tracey Hoyt knocks it out of the park. Continue reading Face Value: West (Dorothy Mae Productions) 2015 SummerWorks Review

Performance About A Woman (water over water) 2015 SummerWorks Review

Performance About A Woman, 2015 SummerWorks Festival

Upon entering into The Theatre Centre second floor lobby to watch Performance About A Woman, created and performed by Liz Peterson in collaboration with Rose Plotek at the 2015 SummerWorks Festival, I noticed how bright and sparse the space was. The lights were on full blast and there were only twelve chairs in total. This is something to consider if you’re coming to see the show. You may end up sitting on the floor or standing for the duration of the performance. Continue reading Performance About A Woman (water over water) 2015 SummerWorks Review

Review: The Short Short Play Festival – Room 17, Charlie Blake’s Boat, Midnight Rubes (The Social Capital Theatre)

The Social Capital Theatre, Toronto presents The Short Short Play Festival, July 22-25, 2015

Tonight, I got to take in three 20 minute plays as part of The Social Capital Theatre’s inaugural Short Short Play Festival; Room 17 by Barb Scheffler, Charlie Baker’s Boat by Graeme Gillis and Midnight Rubes by Ron Fromstein. I was looking forward to this little variety pack of plays and I am happy to report, I got exactly what I was hoping for as it proved to be an evening full of entertainment and talent. Continue reading Review: The Short Short Play Festival – Room 17, Charlie Blake’s Boat, Midnight Rubes (The Social Capital Theatre)

Preview: The Social Capital Theatre’s Inaugural Short Short Play Festival

The Short Short Play Festival: An Exhibition of 20-Minute Plays at Social Capital TheatreToronto’s Social Capital Theatre presents their first Short Short Play Festival: An Exhibition of 20 Minute Plays

I love short plays. Maybe it’s my shortened attention span, maybe it’s my need for variety, but there is something about a short play that appeals to me. I like the idea of hearing a myriad of stories in one night. A sampling of viewpoints and characters. Some may resonate, some may not. When it comes to new bodies of work, it’s nice to know you don’t have to worry about committing two hours to something that may need further development.

Luckily, The Social Capital Theatre is putting on their very first Short Short Play Festival (July 22-25) which will feature twelve 20 minute plays. Naturally, I am very much looking forward to seeing what they have to offer.

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Feel Good Lost (Pitter Patter Productions) 2015 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of David Jackson in Feel Good Lost

 

Feel Good Lost is Pitter Patter Productions’ debut performance at the Toronto Fringe Festival starring David Jackson and featuring Robin Luckwaldt Ross. Originally a two-hander written by Jackson and co-founder/co-writer Erin Burley, it developed into a one man show that gives us a glimpse into the desperation one can feel when a relationship has suddenly ended and the struggle one endures while trying to make sense of it all. I was intrigued to see how this character would cope with his anguish. Continue reading Feel Good Lost (Pitter Patter Productions) 2015 Toronto Fringe Review

Cut-Throat: The Isolation Of Ambition (Pace Theatre Toronto) 2015 Toronto Fringe Review

Cut Throat: The Isolation of Ambition at the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival. Photo of Kandi Prosser (Left), Andrea Hluscu (Centre), Meghan Jones (Right)

Pace Theatre Toronto, co-founded by Andrea Hluscu and Meghan Jones, makes its Toronto Fringe Festival debut with their dark comedy Cut-Throat: The Isolation of Ambition. The play is written by Hluscu in collaboration with Jones and Pace Theatre Toronto Company and explores the question, how far will you go and what are you willing to do to make your dreams come true?

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