A Rush of Blood to the Head (WatersEdgeProductions) – 2010 Fringe Review

By Ryan Kerr

Spencer Smith’s A Rush of Blood to the Head is a coming of age story set in Mississauga which incorporates moments of comedy, drama, and after-school-special-style teachables.

The story begins as the protagonist, Christopher, turns ten, with his younger brother, best friend, and mom by his side. Something about the blood-splattered set, exclusively red props, and ominous thunder-like music during each scene change indicated that something would eventually turn sour, and as a result I was apprehensive most of the play.

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The Joker – 2010 Fringe Review

By Mira Saraf

The Solo Room is one of smallest venues I have been too. Set up a little bit like a high school assembly room we shuffle in under whirring fans, to a room of chairs facing a stage bordered by black curtains.

The show is more akin to stand up comedy than theatre, but I am okay with that tonight. Toronto is melting its human population and the Solo Room has air conditioning. I am prepared to sit through most anything (and it’s a bonus if it’s good).

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Everything You Ever Needed To Know About Women: For Dummies (The Dream Chasers) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Sam Mooney

Everything You Ever Needed To Know About Women: For Dummies was written by the three performers, Dwayne Morgan, Tomy Bewick and Leviathan Grant. It’s billed as a Spoken Word-Comedy. I’d classify it as dub poetry, not that I’m any great expert.

The show is presented a a series of classes designed to teach men about women and what they really want. It’s quite raunchy early on and then gets a bit sentimental and preachy. Definitely a lot of funny moments.

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Tired Wave Stop – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Mira Saraf

The Factory Theatre on a hot day during Fringe is a refreshing change to the overbearing sun. As we settle into our seats, a man walks on stage. This is Steven Boleantu the sole performer in the show (with the exception of one female voice that comes later).

We hesitate, unsure if the show has actually begun or not as he adjusts the set and tinkers with props. But then the lights and music fade to black to signal the real beginning. When they come up again we are listening to a monologue of the Sea Captain who tells us his tale of how he came to be where he is.

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FRUITCAKE – Ten Commandments from the Psych Ward (Rob Gee) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Sam Mooney

Rob Gee in Fruitcake The heat has finally cooked my brain. I forgot to take my notebook to Fruitcake today so I used the back of a google map for my notes and then lost it, and the book I was reading, somewhere during the day.

Doesn’t matter that much, I was so focused on the show that I really didn’t take a lot of notes.

There are only two more shows. Do whatever it takes to go see Fruitcake. Rob Gee was a psychiatric nurse in England and in Australia and the show is based on his experience.

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This Is About The Push (Seventh Stage Productions) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

by Dorianne Emmerton

This Is About The Push is apparently the name of a three-part play, and this Fringe production is just Part One, entitled Opinions About The Invasion. I very much look forward to Part Two.

Going into it I knew that it was about women and war. I was apprehensive that it would be Drama-with-a-capital-D: heavy, dreary and lacking in humour. I was pleasantly surprised to find that, in Part One at least, it was entertaining and funny and there wasn’t any actual war. Continue reading This Is About The Push (Seventh Stage Productions) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

LASCIVIA: Life, Love, Laughter: Life, Love, Laughter (Outnumbered Productions) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

by Dorianne Emmerton

Lascivia (played by Angèle Morgan, who is also the writer) is a parody of a diva: everything she does is “fierce” and/or “fabulous.” She name-drops – apparently Matt Damon tells bad jokes. She complains about having to get up at the early hour of 11 am so she can spend all day planning her hair and makeup for that evening. She has a sparkly dress, too many fans for even a computer to count, and a devoted keyboard player who is in no way discreet about his love for her.

This is basically a one-woman-and-half-a-man show. Pavel (Matt Folliot) throws in some commentary, and at one point even goes so far as to get up from behind the keyboard to first mock her and then confess his love. But the show is mostly Lascivia talking about Lascivia. Continue reading LASCIVIA: Life, Love, Laughter: Life, Love, Laughter (Outnumbered Productions) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

Morro and Jasp GONE WILD (U.N.I.T. Productions)- 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

by Lucy Allen

I was supposed to go to the opening performance of Morro and Jasp GONE WILD last week, but since the show was almost sold out there could be no ticket guaranteed. Determined to get it covered, I went to the 11pm show tonight. And after watching it, I have to admit, I feel pretty useless. With amazing buzz and sold out shows, these two clowns are hardly in need of my paltry words. But for those few who haven’t yet decided whether to go or haven’t yet even heard of the show, let this be your confirmation that this is a show that cannot be missed. Continue reading Morro and Jasp GONE WILD (U.N.I.T. Productions)- 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

Act Now! (Proper Entertainment)- 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

by Lucy Allen

There’s a limited time offer for this Toronto Fringe musical, don’t miss it!

When I told my friend I was going to see Act Now!, a musical about infomercials, his response was “How much material can you get out of an infomericial?” Enough for a Fringe show it seems, and definately enough for what amounted to be a very solid and entertaining musical. Continue reading Act Now! (Proper Entertainment)- 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

SLINGERS – the musical – Toronto Fringe 2010 Review

By Mira Saraf

On a small street off the hustle and bustle of Queen West, I enter the crowded theatre squeezing past people mid-chatter to find a place to sit. When I settle into the first few rows, I examine the stage in front of me.

A small table is set up in the corner, with a bar in the opposite corner and a few pots and pans hanging from a wire rack. When the theatre darkens we quiet down. It begins.

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