[sic] (Theatre Best/Before from Toronto) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

I had originally been scheduled to see [sic] Monday night, but unfortunately did not make it due to being trapped in the subway during one of the rolling blackouts. It is a shame I didn’t get to see it sooner so I could have recommended it before now, as it only has one show left. I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone though: if you’re attached to realism in any way, this is not the show for you.

(Sic) is an absurdist comedy. It is noisy and fast-paced and often nonsensical. I happen to love this sort of theatre, but many do not. Continue reading [sic] (Theatre Best/Before from Toronto) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

Just the Ticket (JR Entertainment) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Ryan Kerr

The Annex Theatre’s wood-paneled walls and symmetrical wooden staircases provided an excellent backdrop for Just the Ticket – an 80’s era comedy about a young barfly’s love of Billy Joel and his attempts to snag tickets to “the concert of the century”. If you know Billy Joel’s work inside and out, you may appreciate Just the Ticket even more, but I needed no prior knowledge to laugh out loud (lol) repeatedly at the wonderful performances and clever writing.

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Dating In A Disposable World (Zee Cre8tive) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Adam Collier

Dating In A Disposable World is running at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse as part of Fringe. A company called Zee Cre8tive is producing the show.

Production notes frame the one-woman performance as cabaret – consisting of singing, dancing, and comic acts. So my expectation was that Dating In A Disposable World might be a light (maybe even flighty) take on its title.

Dating In A Disposable World has far more texture and depth than its billing as a cabaret suggests.

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Dance Animal (Dance Animal) – 2010 Toronto Fringe 2010

By Adam Collier

A company called Dance Animal is producing a show at the George Ignatieff Theatre. Its title shares the company name. And it goes-up as part of Fringe.

Not only was the audience huge – Dance Animal has had strong word of mouth – it was one of the most age diverse and gender equal (many shows seem to have slightly more women than men) crowds I have been in while attending Fringe.

The electronica classic “I Like To Move It” blasts and the nine-member ensemble takes the stage.

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A Freudian Slip of the Jung – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Winston Soon

Tight, witty and expertly realized, you’ll be hard pressed to find a show of greater professional caliber in this year’s fringe then A Freudian Slip of the Jung. As a psychology undergrad in a former life, I was impressed by both the
intelligence AND the accessibility of the material.

Ok, so it won’t change your life, but this silly – almost farcical – slick comedy is a good time for beginning to end. The writing is funny and playful without falling prey to too many Freudian jokes – and when they do it, they do it very well.

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Dale Beaner and the Turtle Boy – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Winston Soon

Baseball is the quintessential Father and Son sport. Last night I caught “Dale Beaner and the Turtle Boy”, a show that explores relationships between father and sons.

The more offbeat plays make for the best late night viewing, in my opinion, and this was a perfect 11:00 pm play – it begins with a child star throwing a first pitch and then murdering a seeing eye dog, punching disabled children and then making out with said dog.

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Tightrope – 2010 Fringe Review

By Mira Saraf

Tightrope is the traditional story of running away to the circus turned backwards – it is about a performer who’s trapped at the circus. She is the daughter of the Ring Mistress and the Lion Tamer and this is our glimpse into her world.

The metaphor of the tightrope is a little bit weak and contrived, and the truly emotional parts of the piece lack a little luster, but overall this is a solid performance. The plot is somewhat more complex than others I’ve seen at Fringe this year.

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The Complex: A Toronto Tale – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Winston Soon

The bad news about Jack Grinhouse’s show “The Complex: a Toronto Tale” is that you will leave knowing that you have just watched the future of Toronto. The good news is that you will leave knowing that you have just watched the future of theatre in Toronto.

A tale of Four Rooms, wound together in a Robert LePage –esque type of movement piece, “The Complex” sees a stellar cast creating characters bound together by their own paranoia. With a backdrop of a summer fire on Canada Day – the play winds in and out of present time and uses some truly creative and effective staging to take us in an out of each apartment in the complex.

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An Evening with Tammy Faye – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Winston Soon

Who knew that Tammy Faye Baker was a champion of gay rights? Not this audience go-er. But a new appreciation of the sweet and broken Tammy Faye is what I left with after watching Shannon McDonough’s “An Evening with Tammy Faye”.

Years ago I met McDonough after a show and, I have to say, she is not a thing like the late Tammy Faye. The transformation – impersonation? – is truly stunning. Tammy’s story is one that you might expect – coming from a broken home fixed only with a more broken and insensitive fire and brimstone ministry.

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