Review: Window On Toronto

By Amber Landgraff

Window On Toronto, Soulpepper’s latest Lab series, was completely surprising and totally charming. I was caught off guard by how much I enjoyed it. I went to see the show with my friend Simon and we both found ourselves laughing, along with the rest of the audience, for the whole whirlwind 50 minutes.

The show’s premise involves looking at a busy Toronto street from the point of view of a hotdog vendor. The audience joins him as he interacts with a cast of wacky characters. As another audience member stated upon leaving the show, “I’ve never seen anything like it!”
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Toronto Theatre Review: How Now Mrs. Brown Cow (Mrs. Brown's Boys Ltd)

by Lucy Allen

From the opening musical number of How Now, Mrs Brown Cow, which opened this week at the Canon Theatre, I could tell this was going to be a different kind of comedy than I had been used to seeing on the stage recently. Where many comedic plays now are often a bit darker, How Now, Mrs. Brown Cow is pretty much like watching a sit-com on stage. Continue reading Toronto Theatre Review: How Now Mrs. Brown Cow (Mrs. Brown's Boys Ltd)

Contest – Win tickets to Love, Loss and What I Wore playing in Toronto (extended to October 2nd, 2010)

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You have no doubt heard the buzz, Love, Loss and What I Wore is making even more fans with it’s current run in Toronto.  So much so that the show has been extended by a month, and is now playing until October 2nd.

In case you have it in your head that only women will enjoy it, Richard Ouzounian gave the production 4 out of 4 stars in his review for the Toronto Star.  And yes, a Mooney on Theatre review will be published soon too.

But here’s where it gets even better.  You have the chance to win a pair of free tickets to the show! 

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i was Barbie (venusmachine) – 2010 Summerworks review

by George Perry

Nina i was Barbie (sic) is playing to sold-out houses at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace.  Nina Arsenault’s one-woman show is one of the most talked about plays at Summerworks.  People seem to love a good freak show.

This monologue runs just over an hour.  It is the story of Ms Arsenault’s one night stand playing Barbie at a red carpet event for Fashion Week.  Actually, it was a “pink 219” carpet event. 

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The Emotionalists (Stuck in the Mud Productions) – 2010 Summerworks Review

By Crystal Wood

My first thought after watching The Emotionalists was “Wow, this is a really good play.” My second thought was “Wow, this is a Sky Gilbert play?” That’s not to say that I haven’t enjoyed his other work, but it’s quite different in style and tone from most of his Buddies in Bad Times fare. Mr. Gilbert, if you’re reading this, more The Emotionalists please!

I’m probably the only person in the world who didn’t read The Fountainhead in my teens, so I know Ayn Rand only by name. You don’t need to know much about the woman or her philosophies before going in, though, because the play is clear and entertaining in its own right.

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Molotov Circus (Squeezebox Mama) – 2010 Summerworks review

by George Perry

Solmund Patterson, Debbie Patterson and Gislina Patterson   

Molotov Circus is not a one woman show, but it is a one family show. It is playing at The Lower Ossington Theatre in Toronto as part of Summerworks. Anybody who has ever been part of a family can recognize their own youth, their own mothers, fathers and siblings in this play.

                                                                                                
This is a family of gypsies, so they don’t have the typical domestic trappings. What they do have is each other and their great talents.

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My Happy (Pyretic Productions) – 2010 Summerworks review

by Dorianne Emmerton

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In Pyretic Productions Me Happy a young woman named Biddy lives in a tiny remote town in Ireland called Muff. Muff’s only claim to fame is three large cliffs which provide a spectacular view, constant danger of falling to one’s death, and an ideal venue for cliff diving.

That’s right: diving in Muff. That’s the kind of humour at work in Me Happy. It’s no workout for brain, but on a rainy dreary Sunday I was quite happy to be entertained with some bathroom humour. Continue reading My Happy (Pyretic Productions) – 2010 Summerworks review