SummerWorks 2014: Unintentionally Depressing Children’s Tales

Unintentionally Depressing Children’s Tales Juried Series Definitely not for kids, but not as “depressing” as the title suggests, writer Erin Fleck and director Maya Rabinovitch’s whimsically staged telling of four fractured fairy tales with melancholic undertones blends stage reading and gorgeous puppetry beneath a cozy, elaborate blanket fort with the audience gathered around on the […]

SummerWorks 2014: Thus Spoke… Review

Thus Spoke… National Series A potent and vibrant mix of dance, movement, performance art, and monologuing, Thus Spoke… makes its English language debut in Toronto by way of its original staging in Montreal. Two men (Frédérick Gravel, Frédérick Lavallée, with Gravel also serving as the artistic director, choreographer, co-creator, and lighting designer) and two women […]

SummerWorks 2014: Fuck You! You Fucking Perv! Review

Fuck You! You Fucking Perv! Juried Series With a title as in-your-face as Leslie Baker’s look at long standing mental health issues that have been caused as a result of childhood sexual abuse, you should know full well that what you’re going to get is going to be a provocation. And this one really works. […]

SummerWorks 2014: The Container Review

The Container Juried Series Definitely not for those who have issues with claustrophobia, this ingeniously mounted production of Clare Bayley’s politically and ethnically charged British play about refugees under stress and pressure takes on a whole new meaning under Zachary Florence’s tight and brave direction. The claustrophobia remark was not a joke. The show comes […]

SummerWorks 2014: Complex Review

Complex Juried Series This Toronto set culture clash takes place between Sarah (Emily Piggford), a 23 year old U of T graduate student studying math, and Warren (Mazin Elsadig) a troubled 15 year old Chalkfarm teenager, who she’s trying to tutor. They come from vastly different background, but both have to deal with loved ones […]

SummerWorks 2014: Chicken Grease is Nasty Business Review

Chicken Grease is Nasty Business Juried Series An unabashed crowd pleasing comedy with few pretensions, Chicken Grease is Nasty Business follows the madcap exploits of a non-traditional family as they celebrate the less that happy birthday of one of their own. Matriarch and fried chicken maven Modestine (Lili Francks) has devoted her life to adopting […]

SummerWorks 2014: Tour Review

Tour Live Art Series Making its East Coast debut following mountings in Vancouver and Victoria, this positively delightful bit of immersive art doesn’t last very long (maybe only about 20 minutes, tops), but there’s a real warmth and heart to this versatile little show that will stick with your long after your “tour” has ended. […]

Interview: Julian Richings

We talk to veteran Canadian actor Julian Richings about his return to the Canadian stage and the role of artist John Berger in The Art of Time Ensemble's remounting of I Send You This Cadmium Red

Evil Dead: The Musical Review

Locally made megahit Evil Dead: The Musical returns to Toronto just in time for the spookiest holiday of the year in an equally energetic package at its new home in Toronto's Randolph Theatre.

Night of the Living Dead Live Review

Night of the Living Dead Live not only pays homage to the seminal zombie film, but also asks the question: if the characters had done things differently, would they have survived?

Potted Potter Review

Much like similar attempts to reduce the complete works of Shakespeare into a single scant theatrical running time, the unauthorized J.K. Rowling reduction Potted Potter (now on stage until March 25th at the Panasonic Theatre in Toronto after successful runs in the UK) has the feeling of a madcap romp boiled down to a science. This cramming of all seven Harry Potter books into a 70 minute production definitely skews slightly towards a younger crowd, but the fan appeal is undeniable and the uninitiated will have a hard time erasing the ear to ear grin from their faces.

The Addams Family Musical Review

The Addams Family musical, now in its second year on Broadway, is based on the artwork of cartoonist Charles Addams and the popular film and television productions that followed. The comedy musical pushes our favourite gothic family into new territory -- into genuine, unironic happiness. Happiness that was not achieved through decapitation, poisoning or the like. It's kind of weird.