Red Knows: A Play on Words (L’Arche Toronto Sol Express) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Andreas Prinz and R. Boardman in Red Knows: A Play on Words by Matt Rawlins

All acting actually is an acquirement of articulate actions. Beautiful bespoke beats which break boundaries but benevolently bestowed communal clowning. The cute, commanding, considerate cast created a colossal day.

I was trying to be as fun and clever as Red Knows: A Play on Words playing at Toronto Fringe Festival but really you should just go see it instead.

Clowning is a particular kind of performance, and it is one that I love. It is simplistically hard, because you have to convey a lot with very little. And the cast did it wonderfully, from every deep, bone weary sigh, to every unexpected clack of a high platform heel.

I recommend getting a program, and looking at it before the show. When the play was done I finally got a look at the program and it added so much to my understanding of the show. I didn’t need it to enjoy it, but it bumped my enjoyment up even higher.

My favourite bits included the opening segment “The letter A”, where the whole action is based around a single letter. All of the “Silence” segments got a laugh out of me every time. “Graphic Novel” was a fun, dynamic bit, and “Words, Words, Words” had a lovely bit of stream of consciousness word association.

It was a nice, family friendly show. Though it may be a bit too long for people with smaller children it is still a great time.


  • Red Knows: A Play on Words plays at the Al Green Theatre. (750 Spadina Ave.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (275 Bathurst St.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • This venue is barrier-free. Note that only certain building entrances are wheelchair-accessible. Accessible seating is in front of the front row.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • The Toronto Fringe Festival is scent-free: please do not wear perfumes, colognes, or other strongly-scented products.


  • Friday July 5th, 6:30 pm
  • Saturday July 6th, 4:00 pm
  • Monday July 8th, 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 9th, 4:30 pm
  • Thursday July 11th, 7:30 pm
  • Saturday July 13th, 12:00 pm
  • Sunday July 14th, 3:30 pm

Photo of Andreas Prinz and R. Boardman by Matt Rawlins