Thursday marked the beginning of this year’s SummerWorks Festival, and the first show I had the pleasure of seeing was Goombay Productions’ Women Who Shout at the Stars. This one-woman show, written and performed by Carolyn Hetherington, is truly heart-warming. It tells the stories of somewhat ordinary women who had an extraordinary impact on Hetherington’s life and offers insight into her own life and relationships to these women. It is, in a word, lovely. Continue reading Women Who Shout at the Stars (Goombay Productions) 2014 SummerWorks Review
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Review: The Tempest (Driftwood Theatre Group)
Driftwood Theatre’s Tempest Will Transport You To Shakespeare’s Fantasy World
If you are (like me) a fan of outdoor summer theatre, then make your way to Withrow Park this week to catch Driftwood Theatre‘s production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. There’s something great about watching a show outside as the sky gets darker and the air gets cooler. There’s something even more special about it when the show you’re watching takes place on an island, and the outdoor setting makes you feel as if you really have been transported to that setting.
The Tempest tells the story of Prospero (Richard Alan Campbell) and his daughter Miranda (Miriam Fernandes) who have been stranded on a deserted island. Twelve years after their arrival, several of Prospero’s enemies end up on the island, by some combination of fate and magic. I won’t give away the entire plot, but let’s just say that lots of fun Shakespearean things occur, including plotting, spells, plans to kill Kings, a little bit of romance and a little bit of drunkenness.
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Karenin’s Anna (Squeaky Wheel Productions) 2014 Toronto Fringe Review
One might expect a show that has a Russian name in the title and is playing at the notoriously chilly St. Vlad’s theatre to be a rather cold experience, but Karenin’s Anna, presented by Squeaky Wheel Productions, is just the opposite. Playing now as part of this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival, Karenin’s Anna is a show that works perfectly in such an intimate setting, and is also one that Fringers should get their tickets to soon.
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Ancient History (aware! productions) 2014 Toronto Fringe Review
One of the things I love about the Toronto Fringe Festival is that you never know what to expect when walking into a show. As I walked into the Robert Gill Theatre on Thursday night to see aware! productions’ Canadian premiere of Ancient History, I had very little idea of what to expect.
But I must say that I walked out completely satisfied, and completely heartbroken in the very best way. If you, like me, love a good old so-realistic-it-hurts type of love story, then make sure you see this show. Continue reading Ancient History (aware! productions) 2014 Toronto Fringe Review
Hungry (JJ Money Productions) 2014 Toronto Fringe Review
Hungry, presented by JJ Money Productions, is playing now as part of this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival FringeKids! lineup. The audience was fairly sparse for the opening show on Thursday, but the people who were there seemed to thoroughly enjoy it and the performers still gave it their all. The puppets are impressive even in their simplicity, and the bright colours and different personalities that the puppeteers bring out in each of them really make the show worth seeing.
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