Veteran Toronto comedian and actor Moniquea Marion displays her talent for characters in Glorious Loser, her one-person show starring currently running in the Toronto Fringe Festival at the Tarragon Theatre Solo Room. Glorious Loser is a hilarious near-hour show densely packed with unforgettably funny characters presented by a performer eager to engage with her audience, and is well worth audience attention.
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The fate of salmon, doomed at the end of their legendary migrations upstream to spawn in their home waters, can be a source of great drama. Upstream Downtown, currently playing in the Toronto Fringe Festival at the St. Vladimir Institute, thanks to the efforts of the Animacy Theatre Collective, shows this. Through an inventive combination of physical humour, ingenious costuming, and a canny grasp of theatre space, Upstream Downtown emerges as an original hour of theatre well worth seeing.
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The play Motherland, a show put on by Amber Heart Productions currently running in the Toronto Fringe Festival at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse, takes a hard look at the complicated relationship people in our globalized world can have with their homelands. Young Armenian actor and musician Davit finds himself faced with a hard choice, between the poor homeland he loves and the wider world with its terrifying openness.
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Even almost a half-century after the killings committed by the infamous Manson Family in the summer of 1969, these murders and their perpetrators continue to haunt the popular mind. How could seemingly ordinary people be convinced to commit such horrible acts? You Are Perfect, a show put on by the White Horse Theater Company currently running in the Toronto Fringe Festival at the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace, aims to provide at least some answers to this vexing question.
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Alone In This Together, a show by Not Oasis Productions currently running in the Toronto Fringe Festival at the Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, is a smart and fun show put on by talented performers of great Toronto-centric sketch comedy. Theatre-goers who like their comedy to reflect local themes, and to do it well, will enjoy this show.
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