NSTF: Joke packs a powerful, thought-provoking punch in A Man Walks into a Bar

Saw another remarkable Toronto Fringe remount last night: Circle Circle’s production of Rachel Blair’s meta theatre social commentary A Man Walks into a Bar, directed by David Matheson, now playing at the Factory Theatre for the Next Stage Theatre Festival (NSTF). A Man (Blue Bigwood-Mallin) helps a Woman (Blair) tell a joke – and theContinue reading “NSTF: Joke packs a powerful, thought-provoking punch in A Man Walks into a Bar”

NSTF: Sisters are takin’ names and kickin’ butt in From Judy to Bette

The Toronto Fringe’s annual Next Stage Theatre Festival (NSTF) opened at the Factory Theatre last night and I kicked off this year’s festivities with Rebecca Perry Productions’ From Judy to Bette: The Stars of Old Hollywood. Written and performed by Rebecca Perry, and directed by Michael Rubinstein, From Judy to Bette is Perry’s NSTF debutContinue reading “NSTF: Sisters are takin’ names and kickin’ butt in From Judy to Bette”

Toronto Fringe NSTF: Big rhapsodic fun with sketch comedy in Unbridled & Unstable

My second opening night show at the Next Stage Theatre Festival (NSTF) in the Factory Theatre Studio last night was The Templeton Philharmonic’s production of Gwynne Phillips’ and Briana Templeton’s sketch comedy romp Unbridled and Unstable. From the moment they appear through the mist astride their noble steeds Dvorak and Duchovny (riding side saddle, ofContinue reading “Toronto Fringe NSTF: Big rhapsodic fun with sketch comedy in Unbridled & Unstable”

Toronto Fringe NSTF: Erotic, poetic & truthful evolution of a relationship in Mine

Toronto Fringe kicked off its annual Next Stage Theatre Festival (NSTF) at Factory Theatre last night, the heated beer tent in the courtyard filling up with excited actors, audience and volunteers coming in from our first extreme cold snap of the season.Thankfully, the tent’s bar menu includes some warm boozy concoctions like cider and rum,Continue reading “Toronto Fringe NSTF: Erotic, poetic & truthful evolution of a relationship in Mine”