A reimagined production of the classic, Queer, Canadian play is now on stage in Toronto
Capping off their 40th season, Buddies in Bad Times has reimagined a queer theatre classic that is ambitious and creative, but I don’t think it quite hit the lofty goals it aims for.
Continue reading Review: Lillies; Or, The Revival of a Romantic Drama (LemonTree creations/Buddies in Bad Times/Why Not Theatre)
A play on stage in Toronto examines the struggle for women’s education in the 19th century
With Blue Stockings, Stage Centre Productions has brought to stage a compelling, albeit straightforward, examination on the struggle for women’s education in the 19th century.
I’ll admit that I was unaware of how recently post secondary degrees became available to women in western history. We’re all pretty well informed of the Suffragette movement but the Bluestocking movement (which has its origins all the way back to the 18th century) was something I was unaware of until I saw Stage Centre’s latest production. Continue reading Review: Blue Stockings (Stage Centre Productions)
The Second City Toronto presents their annual sketch comedy holiday revue
With 2018 drawing to a close, Second City brings its annual Holiday Revue – It’s a Wild, Rowdy, Wonderful Life – to the masses, reminding us all to enjoy the small moments of joy in a period of stress and worry.
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The Brothers Gentle produced by SockMonkey playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival is a poignant and often hilarious exploration of brotherhood, fathers and sexuality that is a welcome addition to this year’s festival.
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Final Exam produced by Holy Cow Entertainment playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival is an intelligent and frightening addition to the 2018 lineup, although its execution and programmatic narrative fall short of what it could be.
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Bakersfield Mist produced by ytheatre Collective playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival is raw, unpolished and not for everyone, but at its heart there’s a fiery passion reminiscent of Jackson Pollock, an artist that features centrally throughout the play.
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The Gameplay produced by Young and Crazy Collective playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival explores loneliness, competitiveness and the need for connection during either the saddest or more sinister party ever held.
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Bro Diaries produced by Fish Bar Productions playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival showcases a charming cast and comedic writing that explores the pitfalls of masculinity and modern relationships, culminating in a show with its heart in the right place, but perhaps not the right medium.
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Zee Zee Theatre presents the award winning My Funny Valentine at Buddies in Bad Times in Toronto
Originally from Vancouver, Zee Zee Theatre has brought their award winning play My Funny Valentine to Buddies in Bad Times, providing an intriguing examination of the 2008 murder of Lawrence King.
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Dead and Lovely Collective bring Circles to the Toronto stage
Since I started writing for Mooney on Theatre, one thing I’ve learned is to be excited about graduates from George Brown’s Theatre School. The program has produced some truly talented performers, and with the Dead and Lovely Collective I got to see 12 of them present their original piece Circles in the back room of the
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