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.
A funny thing happened on the way to Tarragon Theatre to take in Steven Gallagher’s first writing endeavour, Craplicker. I was struck with the fear that I would not be able to relate or even understand the subject matter. I was wrong.
Craplicker is the story of Josh as he deals with first times, first loves, coming out and even cancer. Played by Caden Douglas, Josh is a fully realized and enticing protagonist who is both beautiful and kind. He is surrounded by a gaggle of energetic, supportive friends.
Teaching Shakespeare is playing to sold out houses for a good reason. It’s a very funny, witty, well-acted show. I loved it.
Keir Cutler – who also wrote the show – is brilliant as a an example of how not to teach Shakespeare – in fact, how not to teach anything! I wish I could write this review in iambic pentameter as an homage to his performance.
Cutler uses the stage, striding back and forth, illustrating his points with broad hand and arm movements. The audience plays the part of the students – I got two correct answers – and learned a new word. Deracination.
Bosco and Jones is a show within a show musical about a ventriloquist and his dummy written by Brett McCaig & Racheal McCaig and composed by Scott White. It’s a lot of fun. I can see it working well in a broader venue than Fringe. (Mirvish, anyone?) I read on their site that this is an abridged version of the show, condensed to fit in a 60 minute timeslot.
I picked my fringe shows weeks ago and haven’t looked at the program since then so I had no idea what to expect.
If you like road trips, but hate to drive you can take a musical approach to adventure in Route 66: an American Guitar Trek. The famous highway, the inspiration for a song of the same name is the topic of this mostly musical piece.
I arrived at the Free Times Café on College Street a few minutes before the 7pm start time. As the lady led me inside she asked if I would like a drink (they didn’t serve anything during the performance) and told me he was waiting for me to start.
In which our intrepid reporter must solve the mystery of a magician-turned-physic, dodge the distractions of dames and meet his deadline.
By Dana Lacey
It was a sticky day, the kind that makes you long for winter’s cruel slap. Last thing i wanted to do was sit in a theatre with a bunch of bodyheat. Imagine my surprise when the show started with a cool, breezy jazz that calmed the senses while a fedora-wearing shadow clacked away on a typewriter. The shadow would soon emerge from behind the screen, now a zoot suit-clad investigative reporter-turned-entertainment columnist named Danny Bell. He’s about to watch his deadline whiz past him and his editor is breathing down his neck. Continue reading The Big Lie (Audeamus) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review→
Death Ray Cabaret is a sketch comedy show performed by a two-man troupe of the same name. Kevin Matviw and Brad Sayeau met, according to their website, at Bad Dog Theatre (formerly Theatresports) which is Toronto’s incubator for improv comedy talent.
As you enter the show you know you’re in for some darkly-tinged comedy, as the BYOV – St. Paul’s/Trinity Church’s chapel – is set up as a funeral. However the show is never morbid and there’s probably nothing in there that would offend your grandmother. Your grandmother, however, might not “get” all the jokes as a lot of them – generally the ones that work best – are pop culture references.
The George Ignatieff Theatre located at 15 Devonshire Place
The premiere work of Ten Toes Dance Company, Life Games, is a witty, light hearted exploration of the trials and tribulations of life through innovative new dance. The work is collaboratively created by a trio of York University dance students and alumna including Hannah Greyson-Gaito, Emma Letki, and Julie McLachlan. Combining dance and theatre Ten Toes has created an easily accessible dance theatre performance, touching on subjects that everyone of can relate to – childhood, adolescence, and the multi layers adulthood.
Dead Cat Bounce is a love story – boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl. And does it with the help of ‘The Mayor’ the homeless man who owns the corner. Boy is a stock trader and girl is a blues singer.
The corner in question is Bellevue and Nassau in Kensington Market. Outside Kos Restaurant – which is the venue. The audience sits on the patio at Kos and eats and drinks while the play takes place on the patio and on the sidewalk.
It’s a great venue. Life goes on and people do their thing Nassau. There was a vigorous frisbee game going on for most of the show and a few times one of the players came to the rail to add his two cents to the action.
Killing Game is currently playing at The Annex Theatre as part of Fringe Toronto. There’s a lot of things to like about this play. The cast includes more than 20 people, all of them very talented. Choreography is so good that it is hard to believe at times. Costumes and makeup are also sensational.