Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare BASH’d) 2014 Toronto Fringe Review

Hallie Seline	photograph	by	Jesse	Griffiths	and	Kyle	Purcell

 Shakespeare BASH’d is once again inhabiting the upstairs room of the Victory café for this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival. Even though Shakespeare BASH’d has been performing at the Toronto Fringe Festival for 3 years, this is the first year I have managed to fit it into my schedule or to get a ticket. And I was certainly glad I got to see their rendition of Love’s Labour’s Lost.

As I climbed up the stairs of the Victory, I could hear cheering and general camaraderie. As it turns out I walked into a Shakespearian game of Ye Olde Beer Pong, in keeping with the casual vibe at this local annex pub. This casual setting fitted perfectly with Shakespeare BASH’d’s interpretation of Love’s Labour’s Lost.

In a nutshell, Love’s Labour’s Lost is a romantic comedy about a group of male students who fall for a giggle of girls. These girls decide they are going to have a bit of fun with the boys’ affections. Completely sassy and quick witted, it was absolutely hilarious, but I’m a fan of Shakespearian Romantic Comedies.

I would love to give special mention to all the actors, but there are 15 actors and a creative team of 6. Each of these people were great in their role, truly. Though, Christopher Fowler aced the role as Costard, the country bumpkin of the play.

This is a classic feel good Fringe show that I am very glad I got to sneak into.  As with most of the site specific shows at Fringe, I recommend getting your ticket at head of time.

Love’s Labour’s Lost plays at the Victory Cafe. (581 Markham St, near Bloor St. W. and Bathurst St.)

July 03 at 07:00 PM
July 04 at 07:00 PM
July 05 at 09:00 PM
July 06 at 05:00 PM
July 08 at 07:00 PM
July 10 at 07:00 PM
July 11 at 07:00 PM
July 12 at 07:00 PM
July 13 at 05:00 PM

Tickets for all mainstage productions are $10 at the door, cash only. Advance tickets are $12, and can be purchased online, by phone (416-966-1062), or from the festival box office at the Fringe Club. (Rear of Honest Ed’s, 581 Bloor St. West). Money-saving value packs are also available if you are going to at least five shows; see website for details.

LATECOMERS ARE NEVER ADMITTED TO FRINGE SHOWS. To avoid disappointment, be sure to arrive a few minutes before curtain.

Photo of  Hallie Seline by Jesse Griffiths and Kyle Purcell