Toronto Theatre Reviews

Reviews of productions based in Toronto – theatre includes traditional definitions of theatre, as well as dance, opera, comedy, performance art, spoken word performances, and more. Productions may be in-person, or remote productions streamed online on the Internet.

Review: Blindness (Donmar Warehouse with Mirvish)

As we’re beginning to see the tail end of the pandemic we are currently living through, Mirvish presents the Donmar Warehouse production of Blindness, on stage (literally) at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

On an average night in Europe, a driver comes to a halt at a light. He can no longer see, having suddenly become blind. He is now patient zero as within hours, an epidemic of blindness spreads throughout the city and beyond.

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At the End of the Day (Brenda Kamino and Bustle & Beast Theatre) 2021 Fringe Festival

Historical photo of Hina Yoshida and child, inspiration for At the End of the Day.

At the End of the Day is an affecting telling of one Japanese Canadian woman’s lifelong experiences of relocation. Co-produced by Brenda Kamino and Bustle & Beast Theatre, this show is based on the story of Kamino’s maternal grandmother Hina Yoshida. Hina was born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1898 and died a century later in Beamsville, Ontario. Her story is one of movement, survival and ultimately, resilience.

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ONE OF THE GOOD ONES (YX PRODUCTIONS) 2021 TORONTO FRINGE REVIEW

There’s a great pleasure in watching a natural storyteller work. When the stories are related around a theme, they hang together into a show. And when the resulting show hits the overlap of entertainment, education and elucidation, you have One of the Good Ones, a 2021 Toronto Digital Fringe performance written and performed by Yaw Attuah. Continue reading ONE OF THE GOOD ONES (YX PRODUCTIONS) 2021 TORONTO FRINGE REVIEW

As You Lay Sleeping (Diapause Collective) 2021 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Amelia Izmanki in As You Lay Sleeping

As You Lay Sleeping is a mesmerizing original musical about a woman unravelling the pain of a broken relationship and finding her way through to the other side. Playing as part of Fringe Primetime at the 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival, this is a live feature-length digital experience that includes a pre-recorded middle act. Produced by Diapause Collective, this show is spellbinding and affecting, and a reminder of the magic of even partially live theatre.

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Post-Humanum (Collectif Bus 1.2.3) 2021 Toronto Fringe Review

Post-Humanum by CollectifBus 1.2.3 is currently playing On Demand as part of the 2021 Toronto Digital Fringe. You can catch this eclectic series of bizarre, futuristic, dystopian scenes featuring humans, gods, and robots online until July 31.

Post-Humanum is a commentary on contemporary technology and culture, which contemplates the trajectory of our digital age through a series of disjointed sketches.

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