Grit, determination & a love affair with the speed bag in the funny, moving, inspiring Newsgirl

Savoy Howe in Newsgirl—photo by Dahlia Katz Tracey Erin Smith and Soulo Theatre celebrated the 5th anniversary of the Soulo Theatre Festival, opening this year’s fest with an Opening Night Gala presentation of Savoy Howe’s Newsgirl. With direction and dramatury by Soulo Theatre A.D. Smith, Newsgirl ran for one night only at the Toronto NewsgirlsContinue reading “Grit, determination & a love affair with the speed bag in the funny, moving, inspiring Newsgirl”

SOULO Theatre Fest: Hilarious & touching stand-up origin story in Finding Funny

After seeing the Soulo Salon at SoulOTheatre’s 2016 edition of the SOULO Theatre Festival, I stuck around at Red Sandcastle Theatre to see Daniel Stolfi’s Finding Funny. Set within the framework of an evening at a comedy club, Stolfi becomes a one-man line-up, playing the whole cast of characters, including himself. The awkward, uncomfortable hostContinue reading “SOULO Theatre Fest: Hilarious & touching stand-up origin story in Finding Funny”

SOULO Theatre Fest: Four personal, poignant journeys told with courage & humour in Soulo Salon

SoulOTheatre kicked off its fourth annual SOULO Theatre Festival on Thursday night at Red Sandcastle Theatre, hosted by the super positive, energetic and welcoming A.D. Tracey Erin Smith. Last night’s early evening performance Soulo Salon included four solo shows by performers who’ve done Smith’s 10-week soulo show class – short, personal stories of adversity, growthContinue reading “SOULO Theatre Fest: Four personal, poignant journeys told with courage & humour in Soulo Salon”

Faith, hope & taming dragons in the funny, brave & moving Soulo Clergy Project

A priest, a minister and a rabbi walk into a theatre… Two years in the making, SoulOTheatre Artistic Director Tracey Erin Smith’s dream of gathering professional clergy from diverse faiths together to share their stories came true yesterday, when The Soulo Clergy Project gave its debut performance to a sold-out house of friends, family, congregantsContinue reading “Faith, hope & taming dragons in the funny, brave & moving Soulo Clergy Project”

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: Dark times become comic fodder as stand-up meets storytelling in hilarious A Nurse’s Worst Nightmare

Saw another highly entertaining, and thought-provoking, solo show at Toronto Fringe yesterday: Zabrina Chevannes’s A Nurse’s Worst Nightmare at the Theatre Passe Muraille TPM) Backspace. I missed this show when it featured in the 2015 Soulo Theatre Festival in May, so was very happy to catch it on the Fringe program before I was totallyContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Dark times become comic fodder as stand-up meets storytelling in hilarious A Nurse’s Worst Nightmare”

Raw, honest & irreverently funny with no apologies – Troublemaker @ SOULO Fest

You can’t say you weren’t warned. Tracey Erin Smith and SoulOTheatre opened the 2015 SOULO Theatre Festival last night at Aki Studio at the Daniels Spectrum with a gala performance of the Toronto premiere of Rebecca Northan’s Troublemaker. And what a celebration it was! Opening to a packed house with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’Continue reading “Raw, honest & irreverently funny with no apologies – Troublemaker @ SOULO Fest”

SoulOTheatre’s SOULO Theatre Festival is coming (May 21-24)!

Big treat coming up for you theatre fans: Tracey Erin Smith and SoulOTheatre are back with an awesome line-up of solo shows with the 2015 SOULO Theatre Festival! Running May 21 – 24, SOULO Fest opens with a gala performance of Rebecca Northan’s Troublemaker at Aki Studio at the Daniels Spectrum. Workshops and panels, andContinue reading “SoulOTheatre’s SOULO Theatre Festival is coming (May 21-24)!”