Toronto Fringe: Telling stories in the darkly funny, quirky, satirical News Play

Clockwise from bottom: Andrew Cromwell, Rouvan Silogix, Greg Solomon, Madeleine Brown & Charlin McIsaac. Photo by Graham Isador.   Theatre ARTaud and Lal Mirch Productions, in association with Prairie Fire, Please give us a dark satirical look at storytelling and journalism in Madeleine Brown’s sharply funny, quirky, edgy News Play, directed by Aaron Jan andContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Telling stories in the darkly funny, quirky, satirical News Play”

Toronto Fringe: Boy meets girl in three variations in entertaining, thoughtful Meet Cute

Another brilliant two-hander at Toronto Fringe is Erin Norah Thompson Entertainment and V.TAV Productions’ Meet Cute, written by Thompson, and directed by (in order of scene appearance) Ria Tienhaara, Julie Cohn and Adrianna Prosser – running at the Annex Theatre. It’s a boy-meets-girl story, but differs in the telling, as we see the same sceneContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Boy meets girl in three variations in entertaining, thoughtful Meet Cute”

Toronto Fringe: A smart, funny & thoughtful look at our attachment to social media in Gavin Crawford: “Friend” “Like” #Me

It was a day of solo shows at Toronto Fringe yesterday, starting with Gavin Crawford: “Friend” “Like” #Me, written by Crawford and Kyle Tingley, and directed by Tingley – running at the Annex Theatre. YouTube. Facebook. Twitter. Cellphones. We sure are attached to our social media platforms and mobile devices – often emotionally so. AContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: A smart, funny & thoughtful look at our attachment to social media in Gavin Crawford: “Friend” “Like” #Me”

Toronto Fringe: Danger, romance & chimps in Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl

The adventures of our favourite coffeeshop girl continue in Rebecca Perry’s Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl, directed by Matt Bernard and running now at the Annex Theatre for Toronto Fringe. When last we saw our intrepid Joanie Little (in Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl – and you needed have seen this to joinContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Danger, romance & chimps in Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl”

Toronto Fringe: A moving, entertaining & eye-opening look at LGBT life in Salvador

Living in Canada, it can be easy to take our rights and freedoms for granted, and sometimes we need to be reminded that people in other countries are still struggling and fighting – and this is especially true for the LGBT community. Salvador, written by Rafael Antonio Renderos and directed by Sam Graham, is oneContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: A moving, entertaining & eye-opening look at LGBT life in Salvador”

Toronto Fringe: Brave, sexy & frank talk about women’s joy of sex in Slut

Beer in a Glass Productions’ presents Erin Thompson’s Slut, directed by Dahlia Katz and running at the Annex Theatre as part of Toronto Fringe. Not used in a pejorative way, the “slut” in the title is used thematically – it’s one of the labels used to describe women who enjoy sex – and we getContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Brave, sexy & frank talk about women’s joy of sex in Slut”