Foolish destruction & a chance for redemption with a contemporary twist in the haunting, playful The Winter’s Tale

Back to front: Richard Lee & Eponine Lee. Scenography by Claire Hill. Lighting design by Jareth Li. Photo by Dahlia Katz. Back to Withrow Park last night for more outdoor Shakespeare excellence, as community-connected, entertaining and accessible Shakespeare in the Ruff opened their adaptation of The Winter’s Tale last night. Adapted by Sarah Kitz withContinue reading “Foolish destruction & a chance for redemption with a contemporary twist in the haunting, playful The Winter’s Tale”

Toronto Fringe: Twelfth Night from Malvolio’s perspective in the riveting, visceral and cerebral I, Malvolio

Justin Otto. Photo by John Gundy.   impel theatre gives us Malvolio’s perspective of the events from Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night in Tim Crouch’s riveting, visceral, cerebral I, Malvolio, directed by Kendra Jones, assisted by clown consultant Calvin Peterson. I, Malvolio had its closing performance at the Smart Cookie Club at Artscape Youngplace last night. As weContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Twelfth Night from Malvolio’s perspective in the riveting, visceral and cerebral I, Malvolio”

Toronto Fringe: Wedding planning mayhem & big LOLs in Morro & Jasp: Save the Date

Heather Marie Annis (Morro) & Amy Lee (Jasp). Photo by Alex Nirta.   Jasp is getting hitched and you’re invited to come along as she and Morro get ready for the wedding! Our favourite clown sisters are back at Toronto Fringe, this time with Morro & Jasp: Save the Date. Created and performed by Amy LeeContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Wedding planning mayhem & big LOLs in Morro & Jasp: Save the Date”

Preview: Keeping it real, present & loving when Mimi met Tara in delightfully funny & touching Blind Date

Every person in the room is trying not to get caught staring at your beauty. – A complementary compliment from Blind Date When Blind Date creator/actor Rebecca Northan announced that her famous clown/improv/audience participation piece would be getting its first time ever gay make-over at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, I was one excited gayContinue reading “Preview: Keeping it real, present & loving when Mimi met Tara in delightfully funny & touching Blind Date”

Toronto Fringe: Possession! Sharks! Ukulele! Spooktacular fun with Mullet’s Ghost Story

Everyone’s favourite vegan zombie clown Jean-Paul Mullét (aka Mullet) is back at it again at Toronto Fringe, this time in the spooktacular Mullet’s Ghost Story. Written by Ron Fromstein, Allan Turner, Bruce Hunter and Hilary Jane Hart, and directed by Bruce Hunter, the show is currently running upstairs at Harbord House. This tale finds MulletContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Possession! Sharks! Ukulele! Spooktacular fun with Mullet’s Ghost Story”

When Richard met Mimi – all the nerves, humour & excitement of a first date in magical, sassy Blind Date

After recently seeing Rebecca Northan perform her solo show Troublemaker at this year’s Soulo Theatre Festival, at long last, I got to see the full-length version of her play Blind Date at the Tarragon Theatre Mainspace last night. I’d fallen in love with Northan’s character Mimi and the show when I saw its 10-minute premiereContinue reading “When Richard met Mimi – all the nerves, humour & excitement of a first date in magical, sassy Blind Date”

Toronto Fringe: Puberty in all its awkward, tragic & baffling glory – Morro and Jasp do Puberty

Getting your first period. Shaving your legs. Hair removal cream/bleach. Growing boobs. Boys. School dances. Kissing. Feeling funny “down there.” All the female pubescent highlights are shouted out in Up your Nose and In your Toes (U.N.I.T.) Productions’ Morro and Jasp do Puberty, by Heather Marie Annis, Amy Lee and director Byron Laviolette, which openedContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Puberty in all its awkward, tragic & baffling glory – Morro and Jasp do Puberty”

SummerWorks: Joy, energy & pathos in If Hearts Could Bloom

Another delightful group of young actors opened their SummerWorks show at the Scotiabank Studio Theatre at the Pia Bouman last night: the Sears Drama Festival production of Bur Oak Secondary School’s show If Hearts Could Bloom, written by James Croker and Cameron Ferguson, inspired by a story by Preston Lam. Directed by Ferguson, with choreography by Ferguson, CrokerContinue reading “SummerWorks: Joy, energy & pathos in If Hearts Could Bloom”

SummerWorks: Spellbinding, trippy good times in Against Gravity

One of the things I love about SummerWorks is the unique multi-media and multi-disciplinary work it features. I had the great pleasure of seeing Mind of a Snail’s Against Gravity last night – on at the Theatre Passe Muraille back space. Mind of a Snail is a duet of fun gals from Vancouver: Chloe ZinerContinue reading “SummerWorks: Spellbinding, trippy good times in Against Gravity”