Toronto Fringe: Big wacky improv fun in ancient Trannah with Sex T-Rex in D&D Live!

Sean Tabares, David Hadley, Thomas Sharpe & Anonymous. Photo by Nicolas Melo.   Sex T-Rex is back at Toronto Fringe, this time with some Dungeons & Dragons-inspired improv fun with D&D Live! at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse. Our imperious Dungeon Master invites you to his great aunt’s rec room for an evening of adventureContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Big wacky improv fun in ancient Trannah with Sex T-Rex in D&D Live!”

Toronto Fringe: Coming out in 1977 in the funny, touching Out

Big Bappis is out and proud at Toronto Fringe, with its production of Greg Campbell’s one-man show Out, directed by Clinton Walker and running at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse. A coming out origin story, based largely on Campbell’s own experience as a teen in Montreal, we follow 17-year-old Glen as he embarks on hisContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Coming out in 1977 in the funny, touching Out”

Toronto Fringe: Take a trip into the Underworld with the beautifully theatrical, sensuous & thought-provoking Persephone

A well-known myth gets a new, feminist-inspired perspective at this year’s Toronto Fringe in Pencil Kit Productions’ lush, multi-disciplinary staging of Persephone. Directed by Claren Grosz and created collectively by the company, the show is currently running at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse. In this version of Persephone’s journey to the Underworld, we are shownContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Take a trip into the Underworld with the beautifully theatrical, sensuous & thought-provoking Persephone”

Toronto Fringe: The savagery of civilized society in sharply insightful, brutally funny God of Carnage

Halo Productions brings biting social commentary to Toronto Fringe venue the Helen Gardiner Playhouse with Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Katherine Bignell. When their 11-year-old son Henry is badly injured by stick-wielding playmate Benjamin, Veronica (Françoise Balthazar) and Michael (Mike Lummis) invite Benjamin’s parents Annette (Angela Froese) andContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: The savagery of civilized society in sharply insightful, brutally funny God of Carnage”

Toronto Fringe: A big gooey fun love letter to T.O. in Bad Dog Theatre’s Toronto, I Love You

More comedy fun last night at Bad Dog Theatre Company’s Toronto, I Love You – directed by Julie Dumais Osborne and now playing at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse during Toronto Fringe. Live and unscripted, the Bad Dog Repertory Players treat the audience to a night of improv, based on audience input. Last night, weContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: A big gooey fun love letter to T.O. in Bad Dog Theatre’s Toronto, I Love You”

Toronto Fringe: Karie Richards’ birdy – a moving & brave piece of storytelling

I kicked off this year’s Toronto Fringe with a solo show: Karie Richards’ birdy … or how not to disappear at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Theatre. Directed by Jeff Culbert and created by Richards during a Playfinding Master Class with Daniel MacIvor at The Banff Centre, birdy is a brave and touching piece of storytelling.Continue reading “Toronto Fringe: Karie Richards’ birdy – a moving & brave piece of storytelling”

Toronto Fringe Festival – I’d also highly recommend…

Here are a few other Fringe shows I’ve seen and would recommend: Radio:30 – I missed the original run of this show (1999) and was so glad to catch it this time around, thanks to the suggestion from Alumnae Theatre pal Brenda Somers as we met up over brunch last Friday. Chris Earle may beContinue reading “Toronto Fringe Festival – I’d also highly recommend…”