The Whores (FishStick Productions) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Sam Mooney


The Whores is a wonderful play.  Not easy, a bit harrowing, but well worth seeing. The talented cast – Clare Blackwood, Hayley Fisher, Sarah Illiatovitch- Goldman, Jennifer Kenneally, Joanne Williams – is terrific.

The play is based on interviews with Halifax area prostitutes done by the playwright Charles Crosby when he was a journalism student 13 years ago.  The interviews stayed with him and became The Whores.

This isn’t a preachy play in any way, no big moral message, it is what it is, 5 prostitutes talking about their lives.

Well worth seeing.

And the bonus?  Air conditioned venue!


The Whores is playing at the George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place
– Wed, June 30 10:30 PM
Sat, July 3 5:15 PM
Mon, July 5 8:00 PM
Tue, July 6 3:00 PM
Thu, July 8 Noon
Fri, July 9 8:45 PM
Sat, July 10 4:00 PM
– All individual Fringe tickets are $10 ($5 for FringeKids) at the door (cash only),  Online at, by Phone at 416-966-1062, in person (June 30 – July 11 only) at The Randolph Centre for the Arts, 736 Bathurst Street (Advance tickets are $11 ($10+$1 convenience fee), and $5 for FringeKids (no convenience fee for kids tickets).
– Several money-saving passes are available if you plan to see at least 5 shows

Photo of the cast by Mike Fergusson: Joanne Williams, Hayley Fisher, Clare Blackwood (sitting), Jennifer Kenneally, Sarah-Illiatovitch Goldman