Next Stage Review

Reviews of shows in the Toronto Next Stage Festival

Winter of 88 (Nowadays Theatre) 2020 Next Stage Review

Photo of actor in Winter of 88

Timely. Tragic. Powerful.

With the Iranian plane crash in the headlines and tense US-Iran relations in the news, I knew it was going to be a tough night with a timely work.

Winter of 88, presented by Nowadays Theatre and part of the Next Stage 2020 festival, follows the faces and families behind the eight-year war between Iran and Iraq from 1980 to 1988.

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Pearle Harbour’s Agit-Pop! (Justin Miller) 2020 Next Stage Review

Photo of Pearle Harbour in Pearle Harbour's Agit-PopPearle Harbour’s Agit-Pop! is playing as part of the 2020 Next Stage Theatre Festival. The show features a cabaret-style evening of music and storytelling with a political and often dark edge. She aptly describes it as “musical meditations on the pre-post-apocalypse.”

Underneath a warm and glamourous persona, Pearle Harbour delivers social commentary that is incisive, biting, and a little melancholy.

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Kitne Saare Laloo Yahan Pey Hain (The KSLYPH Collective) 2020 Next Stage Festival Review

Photo of Bilal Baig by Tanja Tiziana for the show Kitne Saare Laloo Yahan Pey Hain

Kitne Saare Laloo Yahan Pey Hain, having garnered great interest in a shorter form during Soulpepper’s collection Welcome To My Underworld last spring, is a wild journey into a difficult and gripping story that emerges, slowly, under pressure. While still shaking out a few last hiccups, the show has an undeniable theatrical power.

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