Big in Germany (Ten Foot Pole Productions) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Michelle Barker

A band that Canadians have never heard of hits the Toronto Fringe
You’ve probably never heard of the band All Powers, but they’re really big in Germany. Ten Foot Pole Productions, known most recently for their production of Fucking Stephen Harper, has returned to the Toronto Fringe with another show to amuse, entertain, and potentially offend men and women of all ages.

At its heart, Big in Germany is a classic rags-to-riches, coming-of-age, coming out story with subplots about pornography thrown in. The play’s main characters, Alex and Bruce, set out to become international Rockstars in hopes of obtaining loads of cash, loads of women, and fame. Unfortunately for them, their music isn’t appreciated outside of their German-based fanbase.

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Step (The Lavish Dance Company)-2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Adelina Fabiano

Redefining the ancient tradition of Belly Dance at the Toronto Fringe

The Dark Side Studio presented Lavish Dance Company’s Step for the first time at the 2010 Toronto Fringe last night. Seductive and sensual from the start, I was left with wanting more by the end.

Audra Simmons, company founder and modern belly dance pioneer, choreographed the group numbers, while dance solos were choreographed by the dancers themselves. These dances included influences not only from belly dance, but from Flamenco, Hip Hop, Jazz, Classical and Lyrical type dance. Continue reading Step (The Lavish Dance Company)-2010 Toronto Fringe Review

The Getaway (Dumigod)- 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

by Lucy Allen

A simple heist turns into a tense and hilarious hostage situation in Toronto Fringe show

During the evening at the Fringe Club, you may notice a van suspiciously parked in the alleyway nearby, plastered with posters. You may also notice a clown exiting the vehicle and luring a small group of innocent bystanders into the van, only to have another clown rush up with a sack of money and drive away with the newfound hostages. There’s no need to worry. This is the set-up for the extremely entertaining The Getaway, one of the BYOV’s currently playing at the Toronto Fringe. Continue reading The Getaway (Dumigod)- 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

The Centre of Everything Civilised (Winterbird Arts) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

by Michelle Barker

Poetry and prose blend seamlessly to tell the tale of a passionate summer affair.

The heat outside of Theatre Passe Muraille’s Extra Space was pretty unbearable this afternoon, but it was completely worth enduring in order to enter the world that the company of The Centre of Everything Civilised created. Continue reading The Centre of Everything Civilised (Winterbird Arts) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

You and Me and Me and You (hearts4noses)- 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

by Lucy Allen

Improv Fringe show promises new play with every performance in Toronto this summer.

One of the biggest things that affects an improv show, other than the talent of the performers, is the audience. So much can ride on their reactions and energy and end up sometimes making or breaking a show. This is especially the case with Hearts4noses’ You and Me and Me and You currently playing at the Toronto Fringe, a play that is entirely improvised based on suggestions from the audience. Continue reading You and Me and Me and You (hearts4noses)- 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

Psycho Bitch (P.K. Pin Up)-2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By: Adelina Fabiano

 Honest and heartfelt performance at the Toronto Fringe

 A topic we probably often read about in private, but not talked about openly, mental illness is the theme of Psycho Bitch, a one woman show, playing in the Solo Room at the Randolph Center for the Arts. It is about accepting oneself and accepting those close to you. Psycho Bitch, speaks to all of us, whether we admit it or not. Continue reading Psycho Bitch (P.K. Pin Up)-2010 Toronto Fringe Review

The Flying Avro Arrow Musical Comedy (Fly Avro Arrow from Toronto) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Sam Mooney

In March I saw a staged reading of The Flying Avro Arrow Musical Comedy as part of the New Ideas Festival. I enjoyed it and ‘dibsed’ it then so I could cover it during Fringe.

Doug Warwick wrote and scored The Flying Avro Arrow Musical Comedy and Anne MacMillan directed it. There are 11 people in the cast – I’m sure that’s the largest cast I’ve seen in a Fringe show.

It seemed appropriate to see something so Canadian on Canada Day. The cancellation of the Avro Arrow affected thousands of Canadians and was responsible for a huge brain drain of Canadians to the US space program. It’s been the subject of a movie, books, articles, controversy, and conspiracy theories so why not a musical comedy.

I enjoyed it. Doug Warwick obviously had fun writing it and didn’t let the facts confine him. I’m pretty sure that William Shatner wasn’t ever a security guard at Avro.

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David and Jonathan (BrokenOpen Theatre) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Crystal Wood

Remember when you were young and just beginning to question the universe? Maybe you still are? It’s something everyone experiences, which could be why David and Jonathan (presented by BrokenOpen Theatre) is likely to resonate with Fringe audiences.

David and Jonathan are two young men whose world changes when they move from a small Mennonite town to attend theatre school in the big bad city of ‘Tronna. They soon learn that the world is different than what Bible camp might have prepared them for, and their self-reflection takes these old friends down increasingly divergent paths.
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Everybody Panic! (Apocalypse Later) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Amber Landgraff

When picking shows to see at this year’s Fringe I tended to gravitate towards comedies. I can always do with a good laugh and Everybody Panic!, presented by Apocalypse Later, was a comedy after my own heart.

The four-person cast featuring Jocelyn Geddie, Marcel Dragonieri, Ann Pornel and Brandon Hackett, was strong all around. They knew how to play off of each other and had great energy. The audience was laughing from beginning to end.
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