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07 July 2017

Toronto Fringe ’17: Part I

By // Theatre (Toronto)

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Falling Angel (A)
An angel (Erica Wood) falls from the sky. In a park. What follows are endless jokes exchanged with a mortal man (Stevie Jay) who has been drinking in the park, as well as, (the voice) of God (Jamillah Ross) who also happens to make frequent appearances on earth. Sometimes the heavenly duo fight, sometimes they share a tete-a-tete, and they even rap together!  But this angel yearns for something different. She’s tired of granting everyone else’s wishes. She wishes she could experience things like love and amusingly relishes what it might feel like to experience a break-up. The freedom she craves to move around as she likes, experiencing, for instance, public transit, and her desire for earthly pleasures, ironically, are often associated with things many humans despise. Will God grant her wish? You will need to go find out for yourself. Cozy up on a blanket (provided) or bring a chair, and prepare to be entertained. You don’t want to miss these brave performers tackle weather and unplanned passers-by (or other creatures) all while delivering a strong piece of thoughtful theatre.

Macbeth’s Head (A-)
This show blends excitement, charm and, above all, hilarity. Writer Kyle McDonald, in the title role, steals the show. His command of the phrasing, as well as, ability to project and empower display a grandiosity you might not expect from a piece that is only Shakespeare-inspired. The transitions on stage from a very convincing, fake, bodiless head (Samantha Lawley) to the revived live talking one are most cleverly crafted for a minimalist fringe production using none other than a dessert trolley. They provide us with the right dose of magic to take us back in time where special effects were inventive but simple. Minor technical glitches will be ironed out I am sure. The costumes (Alexandra Augustine and Wendel Wray) are equally satisfactory. Especially enchanting is the shiny dress of Cleopatra played as space age (Roselyn Kelada-Sedra), and a believably seventeenth century Shakespeare (Scott McCulloch). With the help of Tim (Roberto Esteves) and Rupert (Julian Nicholson) who seem to overplay the shock factor, Macbeth summons actors in the play’s location who are playing not only Cleopatra but Hamlet (Gabriel DiFabio) and Richard III (Adrienne Kress) to assist him. Even if you only have an inkling of what these Shakespeare character’s backstory is, you will be able to appreciate their adventurous plot, under the leadership of “the head” of course, to avenge what their author penned as their fate. All in all, a safe bet for something different, yet fun.

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