Toronto Fringe: Coping with loss & freeing the stories in the enchanting, playful adventure Through the Bamboo

Carolyn Fe & ensemble. Set design by Nina Lee Aquino & Farnoosh Talebpour. Costume design by Farnoosh Talebpour. Lighting design by Michelle Ramsay. Photo by Lyon Smith. The Uwi Collective presents a Philippine mythology-inspired adventure in storytelling in the enchanting, playful, poignant Through the Bamboo, running in the Factory Theatre Mainspace. Written by Andrea MapiliContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Coping with loss & freeing the stories in the enchanting, playful adventure Through the Bamboo”

Magic, puppets, shenanigans & horror in spellbinding, diabolically funny The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy

There are stranger things done in the midnight sun other than cremating Sam McGee. And there are more ways to moil for gold – some with even darker consequences. Eldritch Theatre takes us on a strange, dark and magical adventure with their production of The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy. Created and performed by Eldritch TheatreContinue reading “Magic, puppets, shenanigans & horror in spellbinding, diabolically funny The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy”

Dreams, desires & the drive for freedom in thoughtful & farcical Up the Garden Path

Obsidian Theatre opened its production of Lisa Codrington’s Up the Garden Path, directed by Philip Aikin, at Theatre Passe Muraille (TPM) last week – and I caught the show last night, which also happened to be Barbados Night, and the house was packed with an enthusiastic and appreciative, mostly Bajan, audience. Set in the lateContinue reading “Dreams, desires & the drive for freedom in thoughtful & farcical Up the Garden Path”

SummerWorks: Sharing stories to create a new story in deeply moving & playful Trace

I attended last night’s opening of Theatre Gargantua’s/Vertical City’s SummerWorks production of Trace at Artscape Youngplace – and left the space both elated and breathless. Described as a “ghost telling,” Trace – directed by Bruce Barton, who co-created the piece with performers Martin Julien and Michelle Polak – is a unique experience in both the use of theContinue reading “SummerWorks: Sharing stories to create a new story in deeply moving & playful Trace”

SummerWorks: Beautifully layered exploration of relationships, class, the struggle for order & mental illness in Complex

Bumped into actor Tim Walker at the Lower Ossington Theatre on the weekend and found out about Complex, written by Rebecca Applebaum and directed for SummerWorks by Christopher Stanton in partnership with the Koffler Centre of the Arts – and I’m really glad I did. Set in modern-day Toronto, the title makes multiple references: the Chalkfarm apartment thatContinue reading “SummerWorks: Beautifully layered exploration of relationships, class, the struggle for order & mental illness in Complex”