All posts by Angela Sun

Angela Sun is a Toronto-based fat East Asian performer, theatre creator, poet, and writer. She is currently a member of the environmental theatre company, Broadleaf Theatre. In her spare time she enjoys reading and writing about art, feminism, pop culture, identity, body image, mental health, and social justice. Ironically, she fell in love with Canadian theatre after seeing a televised production of Kristen Thomson’s I, Claudia on CBC. (She finally saw the remount on stage 5 years later and was over the moon.) You can follow her exploits on her sporadically-updated Twitter @21sungelas.

Review: for colored girls… (Soulpepper)

Photo of the cast of For Colored Girls... by Cylla Von TiedemannThis striking performance blends poetry, music and movement, on stage in Toronto

I’ve never seen an audience rise to their feet as fast as they did for Soulpepper Theatre‘s production of for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf. As resonate now as it was in 1976, Director Djanet Sears and an exceptionally talented cast does a commendable job bringing this iconic and important production to the Toronto stage.

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Two Birds One Stone (RISER Project 2017/ Why Not Theatre)

Photo of Two Birds One Stone by Dragana ParamenticTwo Birds One Stone explores the personal and the political on the Toronto stage

“It’s complicated” is a phrase often heard throughout the play Two Birds One Stone, currently playing as a part of the RISER Project program at The Theatre Centre, whenever co-creator/performer Natasha Greenblatt is asked to comment on the contentious relationship between Israel and Palestine. While the situation is indeed “complicated,” this nebulous term is often used to discourage or deter much-needed investigation and analysis. Fortunately, Greenblatt and Palestinian co-creator/performer Rimah Jabr do not shy away from any complexity in their account of what it means to search for identity on conflicted and occupied territories.

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Little Pretty and The Exceptional (Factory Theatre)

Shruti Kothari and Sugith Varughese in Little Pretty and The Exceptional by Joseph Michael PhotographyAnusree Roy’s play takes on the taboo of mental illness in Toronto’s South Asian community

Currently playing at the Factory Mainspace, Little Pretty and The Exceptional is the latest installment of Factory Theatre’s generally brilliant Beyond the Great White North season. While the production has some seriously good moments, it is still one of the weaker shows I’ve seen this season.

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The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely (The Crow’s Theatre)

Photo of Ngozi Paul in The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely

Ngozi Paul delights Toronto audiences as writer and performer in The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely

I was not in the greatest mood when I arrived at Streetcar Crowsnest to watch The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely. It was raining hard, I was tired from the week, and my guest had just canceled at the last minute.

Fortunately, all this quickly left my mind as I proceeded to watch one of the best shows I have seen all season. In fact, I am still trying to process the immensity of what I saw on stage that night. Continue reading The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely (The Crow’s Theatre)

Review: The Orange Dot (Theatrefront)

Daniela Vlaskalic and Shawn Dolye in The Orange Dot by John LauenerThe Orange Dot lands on the Toronto stage with provocative but mixed messages

The Orange Dot, as presented by Theatrefront at the new Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre, is a nuanced, intelligent look at gender relations in the 21st century… until it was not. The production held me and my companion captive until it erupted into an ending that tried to bite off more than it could chew. Continue reading Review: The Orange Dot (Theatrefront)