Landon & Matt’s most excellent interdimensional adventure in the playful, imaginative Life in a Box

Top to bottom: Matthew Finlan & Landon Doak. Photo by Fiona Sauder.   Bad Hats Theatre takes us on a most excellent interdimensional adventure with its live episodic TV musical Life in a Box; music and lyrics by Landon Doak, book by Matthew Finlan and directed by Fiona Sauder. When two fun-loving BFF/roommates survive a solarContinue reading “Landon & Matt’s most excellent interdimensional adventure in the playful, imaginative Life in a Box”

Toronto Fringe: Victorian bicycle tour shenanigans in the hilarious, entertaining Three Men on a Bike

David DiFrancesco, Matt Pilipiak & Victor Pokinko. Costume design by Nina Okens. Photo by Mark Brownell.   Pea Green Theatre Group is back with our favourite fun-loving Victorian man-boys in Mark Brownell’s hilarious, entertaining Three Men on a Bike, adapted from Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men on the Bummel, On the Stage and Off andContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: Victorian bicycle tour shenanigans in the hilarious, entertaining Three Men on a Bike”

A big fun, magical ride for kids of all ages with the imaginative, wonder-filled Peter Pan

Clockwise, from the top: Matt Pilipiak, Victor Pokinko, Fiona Sauder, Lena Maripuu & Landon Doak. Production design by Amy Marie Wallace. Lighting design by Ken MacKenzie. Photo by Nicholas Porteous. Bad Hats Theatre returns to the Young Centre, adding a sprinkle of magic fairy dust to the holidays with its Dora award-winning stage adaptation ofContinue reading “A big fun, magical ride for kids of all ages with the imaginative, wonder-filled Peter Pan”

NSTF: Opposing forces battle for supremacy in the underworld of audience influence in the diabolically charming Clique Claque

Pea Green Theatre Group brings its own brand of dark period comedy/melodrama with Mark Brownell’s Clique Claque, directed by Sue Miner; running now in the Factory Theatre Mainspace as part of the Toronto Fringe Next Stage Theatre Festival (NSTF). Clique Claque takes us to 1880s Paris, where we meet Madame Clothilde, aka the Chef deContinue reading “NSTF: Opposing forces battle for supremacy in the underworld of audience influence in the diabolically charming Clique Claque”

Toronto Fringe: A most outrageously funny mashup in Romeo & Juliet Chainsaw Massacre

Bain & Bernard Comedy has cooked up one helluva theatrical mashup for Toronto Fringe with its production of Matt Bernard’s Romeo and Juliet Chainsaw Massacre, directed by Bernard and running to packed houses at the Randolph Theatre. Inspired by a variety of horror films throughout the decades, particularly The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, Friday theContinue reading “Toronto Fringe: A most outrageously funny mashup in Romeo & Juliet Chainsaw Massacre”

NSTF: A jaunty, jolly & jarring good time on the Thames in hilarious, entertaining Three Men in a Boat

I rarely resort to alliteration in my headlines, but in the case of Pea Green Theatre’s production of Three Men in a Boat, I was inspired to break with convention. Based on an 1889 travelogue by Jerome K. Jerome, adapted for the stage by Mark Brownell and directed by Sue Minor, Three Men in aContinue reading “NSTF: A jaunty, jolly & jarring good time on the Thames in hilarious, entertaining Three Men in a Boat”

Fabulous time as Panto Players milk the big panto fun in Jacques & the Bean Stock Market

Red Sandcastle Theatre’s Panto Players opened their 5th annual holiday panto last week with a three-day pre-holiday run of Jacques and the Bean Stock Market, returning to the stage on Dec 26. Written by Jane A. Shields and Rosemary Doyle, and directed by Jackie English, The Panto Players take us on a wild and wackyContinue reading “Fabulous time as Panto Players milk the big panto fun in Jacques & the Bean Stock Market”

Twilight Zone meets Lord of the Flies in playful, disturbing and disorienting Half a League

Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred… – “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson Rarely Pure Theatre’s production of Half a League, by Scott Garland and directed by Alexander Offord, had its gala opening at Fraser Studios lastContinue reading “Twilight Zone meets Lord of the Flies in playful, disturbing and disorienting Half a League”

Big shiny panto fun with Panto Players’ Sleepy Beauty @ Red Sandcastle Theatre

Sheets and coloured fabric, plus some artfully custom cut tape and green felt, become castle walls and turrets, and an enchanted forest. All part of the magic and imagination at Red Sandcastle Theatre – in this case, for the Panto Players’ production of Sleepy Beauty – The Tale of the Narcoleptic Princess and Her Cat.Continue reading “Big shiny panto fun with Panto Players’ Sleepy Beauty @ Red Sandcastle Theatre”