Toronto Fringe: Ruminations on love, beauty and aging in the nostalgic, intimate, haunting Cheri

cheri-on-the-run-productions invites us to sit down with a former courtesan as she ruminates on love, beauty and aging in the intimate, haunting Cheri. Inspired by the novels of Colette, and written and directed by Sky Gilbert, with music composed by Dustin Peters, Cheri is currently running in the Al Green Theatre for Toronto Fringe. AContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Ruminations on love, beauty and aging in the nostalgic, intimate, haunting Cheri”

Toronto Fringe: The stages of grief & struggle for recovery injected with humour in the moving To Jane with Love

Promise Productions explores addiction and grief in their production of Deon Denton’s To Jane with Love, directed by Denton and running at the Al Green Theatre during Toronto Fringe. The show will also be featured in the Midtown International Theater Festival in New York later this month. Scenes of the evolution of Henry (Geoff Mays)Continue reading “Toronto Fringe: The stages of grief & struggle for recovery injected with humour in the moving To Jane with Love”

Toronto Fringe: Sexy, saucy fun times as one young woman gets her tassels on in Becoming Burlesque

It was some cheeky fun times at Toronto Fringe last night, as the Al Green Theatre (750 Spadina Ave., southwest corner of Bloor St. West and Spadina) was transformed into Babylon, a burlesque cabaret featuring the music of hot local Toronto bands and even hotter dancers. This is Becoming Burlesque, written/produced by Jackie English, co-directedContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Sexy, saucy fun times as one young woman gets her tassels on in Becoming Burlesque”

Bloody good musical macabredy fun in Alexander Showcase Theatre’s Sweeney Todd

From the dark, seedy nooks and alleyways of the foggy set, and creepy opening organ music to its tragic ending, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street takes us from pathos to camp and back again in this story of one man’s singular and bloody drive for revenge gone horribly astray. With music andContinue reading “Bloody good musical macabredy fun in Alexander Showcase Theatre’s Sweeney Todd”

An early holiday treat – Alexander Showcase Theatre’s A Christmas Carol

A wonderful evening of fun and festivity at the Papermill Theatre last night at Alexander Showcase Theatre’s (AST) opening night of their adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a special wine and dine gala that featured a very tasty and highly digestible pre-show Christmas dinner. Directed by Vincenzo Sestito, who adapted the script withContinue reading “An early holiday treat – Alexander Showcase Theatre’s A Christmas Carol”

Rowdy, entertaining romp of mystery & music @ Alexander Showcase’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Alexander Showcase Theatre (AST) opened their run of The Mystery of Edwin Drood at the Al Green Theatre (Jewish Community Centre at Bloor/Spadina, Toronto) last night. Based on the unfinished Charles Dickens story, this version of Edwin Drood is a musical by Rupert Holmes and was originally produced by Joseph Papp at The New YorkContinue reading “Rowdy, entertaining romp of mystery & music @ Alexander Showcase’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood”

Great big hair-raising fun @ Alexander Showcase’s Young Frankenstein – The Musical

I had the great pleasure of seeing Alexander Showcase Theatre’s highly entertaining production of Mel Brooks’ and Thomas Meehan’s  Young Frankenstein – The Musical, playing now at the Al Green Theatre (Jewish Community Centre at Bloor/Spadina, Toronto) last night. The Alexander Showcase production was helmed by director Vincenzo Sestito and musical director/producer Gwyneth Sestito, withContinue reading “Great big hair-raising fun @ Alexander Showcase’s Young Frankenstein – The Musical”