Questions of perception, assumption & expectation in the powerful, riveting, provocative Actually

Tony Ofori & Claire Renaud. Set design by Sean Mulcahy. Costume design by Alex Amini. Lighting design by Steve Lucas. Photo by Joanna Akyol.   The Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company, in association with Obsidian Theatre, opens its 13th season with Anna Ziegler’s Actually, directed by Philip Akin, assisted by Kanika Ambrose; and running inContinue reading “Questions of perception, assumption & expectation in the powerful, riveting, provocative Actually”

Second City serves up the fun with a trippy mashup of holiday classics in Twist Your Dickens

Ever wonder where the misfit toys went after Santa took them off the island? How about that original ending to A Charlie Brown Christmas that the network execs didn’t want you to see? And how Oliver Twist became an activist? Wonder no more, my friends. For this holiday season, Second City presents Twist Your Dickens.Continue reading “Second City serves up the fun with a trippy mashup of holiday classics in Twist Your Dickens”

A world in a tea room in the powerful, sharply funny, deeply moving “Master Harold” …and the Boys

Obsidian Theatre, in association with the Shaw Festival, brought its production of Athol Fugard’s “Master Harold” …and the Boys to Toronto, opening last night at the Toronto Centre for the Arts Studio theatre. Directed by Philip Akin, and inspired by Fugard’s childhood relationships with the black employees of his mother’s tea room, “Master Harold” …andContinue reading “A world in a tea room in the powerful, sharply funny, deeply moving “Master Harold” …and the Boys”

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: The lighter side of the Autism Spectrum in Aspergers: A Tale of a Social Misfit

My last show at this year’s Toronto Fringe took me back to the Tarragon Theatre Solo Room for Autistic Productions’ run of Adam Schwartz’s Aspergers: A Tale of a Social Misfit. Highly entertaining, this is stand-up delivered from the point of view of someone on the Autism Spectrum. From coming to terms with his diagnosisContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: The lighter side of the Autism Spectrum in Aspergers: A Tale of a Social Misfit”

Upcoming Angelwalk Theatre fundraiser extravaganza – Liza & Barbra: Together At Last

There are a couple of amazing one-night only fundraiser shows I must tell you about – please get out and support local theatre. The first one is this musical extravaganza: Liza & Barbra… Together At Last: Saturday, October 19 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Created and performed by Jennifer Walls (as Liza Minnelli)Continue reading “Upcoming Angelwalk Theatre fundraiser extravaganza – Liza & Barbra: Together At Last”

The evolution of Jonathan Larson – tick, tick… BOOM!

Opening nights have an energy unlike any other night of a run. Full of expectation, anticipation, celebration – and last night’s opening of Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick… BOOM! at the Toronto Centre for the Arts was especially so. Co-produced by Angelwalk Theatre and Newface Entertainment, and directed by Tim French with music direction by AnthonyContinue reading “The evolution of Jonathan Larson – tick, tick… BOOM!”

An epic journey of self-discovery presented in Theatr-O-Scope Vision – Polly Polly

Can I tell you how much I love Polly Polly? Of course, you can’t love the play without also adoring its creator/actor Jessica Moss – and I do. I came late to this party, not getting to the box office line fast enough during its Toronto Fringe run, but catching last night’s closing performance onContinue reading “An epic journey of self-discovery presented in Theatr-O-Scope Vision – Polly Polly”

Two great shows at Best of Toronto Fringe: Tales of Whoa! & Stop Kiss

Very happy to say that I’m managing to get out to see some shows at The Best of Toronto Fringe up at the Toronto Centre for the Arts this year, including two last night: Not Bad Abe Productions’ Tales of Whoa!, written by the company and directed by Ken Hall, was more fun than aContinue reading “Two great shows at Best of Toronto Fringe: Tales of Whoa! & Stop Kiss”

Toronto Fringe – the final five

With limited time on my hands and five vouchers left of my 10-play pass, I needed to hop to it and see shows during the closing weekend of Toronto Fringe. Here are the last five shows I saw, in order of attendance: Sour Grapes: I’d seen playwright/actor Allan Turner perform as Mullet the Clown before,Continue reading “Toronto Fringe – the final five”