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.

Continue reading Dance Animal (Dance Animal) – 2010 Toronto Fringe 2010

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.

Continue reading A Freudian Slip of the Jung – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

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.

Continue reading Dale Beaner and the Turtle Boy – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

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.

Continue reading Tightrope – 2010 Fringe Review

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.

Continue reading The Complex: A Toronto Tale – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

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.

Continue reading An Evening with Tammy Faye – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

Afternoon Tea with Jane Austen (Orange Wine Productions) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

Love letters, rejected manuscripts and an intimate evening with the woman who wrote Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility…what more could an Austen fan want?

By Dana Lacey

I shoulda known better. I should have known that a play titled “Afternoon tea with Jane Austen” would be a lot like reading Austen herself – clever, occasionally insightful and frightfully boring. It was the story of Jane Austen as told by Jane Austen, who supposedly wants to debunk the kindly-sweet-and-dull aunty persona that has sprung up in the 200 years since she penned some of my high school english teacher’s favourite tomes. Continue reading Afternoon Tea with Jane Austen (Orange Wine Productions) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

Under Analyse Me (The Go Two Company) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By John Bourke

The Go Two Company‘s Under Analyse Me is a dance show that reflects on the ways we communicate with each other in an age when the tools of dialogue are as ubiquitous as they are complex and fallible.

I don’t have too much experience with dance or dance shows, so I was ready to do some squirming in my seat. Despite that, I was engaged from the start, and continued to be so throughout the 50 minute show. In fact, I was actually surprised when it was over.

Continue reading Under Analyse Me (The Go Two Company) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

New Talent (Theatre Erebus) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By John Bourke

New Talent, presented by Hamilton’s Theatre Erebus, is a peek into the inner workings of Hamilton’s sex trade through the eyes of a single woman’s choice to become an escort.

Set in 1997 against the real-life backdrop of a massive and toxic fire in the city, New Talent features the writer and director Brian Morton as the matter-of-fact driver who introduces Christine to the world of the escort. Gregory Cruikshank plays Christine’s first client, a lovelorn computer technician who can’t find the time for a real relationship.

Continue reading New Talent (Theatre Erebus) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review