Lorenzo Pagnotta

The Road to Paradise is certainly timely. As we continue to battle wars and tragedies of all sorts across the world, we need pieces that bring people together to reflect and dialogue on what truths lie untold, and what we can do about it. Playwrights Jonathan Garfinkel and Christopher Morris wish to create a dialogue […]

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Click Here for the Full List of our 2015 Toronto Fringe Reviews. The Dinner Table (A+) The last show I saw at the Fringe was also the best show I saw at the Fringe and it was really great to end the festival on such a high note. The Dinner Table is a beautifully curated […]

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Click Here for the Full List of our 2015 Toronto Fringe Reviews. The Famous Haydell Sisters Comeback Tour (A) Mattie (Donna Kay Yarborough) and Maybelle (Sadie Bowman) captivate us with funny, yet powerful ballads on their comeback tour! It’s more than easy to buy into the tale of these country stars who knock our socks […]

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Click Here for the Full List of our 2015 Toronto Fringe Reviews The Doctor Will See You Know (A) This piece is a masterclass on site-specific theatre. Directed by Michael Musi, the space was not transformed in order to make way for theatre, but rather dramatic characters and wacky scenarios inhabit the space. Audience members […]

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There really are not enough wonderful things to say about The Object Lesson, part of the World Stage series at Harbourfront Centre. I have not seen such an enchanting piece of theatre in a long time. It’s truly a shame that its run is so short as it would offer many, I feel, the chance […]

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Theatre is alive at host venue Factory Theatre as patrons showed little fear, braving the cold winds at the outdoor ticket booth – huddling closely but with great anticipation of the shows on the inside. Both shows I viewed my first night at the festival were relatable in that they dealt with relationships and loss, […]

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Be sure to check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and our Full Listing of SummerWorks 2014 reviews. New This Year: The My Theatre Favourite Discount  If your Fringe or SummerWorks show scores an A+ or A, you can cash in on that goodwill with a 50% discount on advertising your next show on My Entertainment World. If you scored an […]

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Arabesque’s Sawah – meaning traveller or wanderer – brings together over 40 dancers and musicians originating from countries that span the Middle East, as well as, from Montreal and Toronto.  This ensemble, as such, offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see a fusion of not only various Arab styles, but East meets West.  Arabesque founder and […]

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Patrons are standing in the lobby of the Big Picture Cinema – yes, cinema! – many of whom know Paul Bellini well. I even strike a conversation with him myself as I took a writing class of his last year. Bellini kindly excuses himself as he has received word that it is, finally, okay for […]

The 40th anniversary speeches have been given by Artistic Director Michael Trent and the Ontario Arts Council’s Dance Officer, Myles Warren.  The playing space is empty as we sit in the round, starring at each other.  It seems like the lights are never going to go out.  In fact, they never do.  A most appropriate […]

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Admirers of the written word take note.  Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs exhibits some of the best writing I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.  He takes a seemingly simple question – would you want to bring a child into this chaotic world? – and uses the lives of a young couple as the basis […]

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As two actresses slyly emerge from a heap of garbage, Renata (Mina James) is pushed along by her mystic uncle named Doctor Garbage (Richard Zeppieri) on a rolling ladder denoting the exit of a plane and, subsequently, a customs booth. The apprehension and fatigue revealed in this young lady’s eyes, so vividly depicted by James, […]

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In many ways Metamorphosis, based on the novel by Franz Kafka and adapted for stage by David Farr and Gísli Örn Gardarsson, is a play about denial. “We live ordinary lives” claims Lucy Samsa (Edda Arnljótsdóttir) when the employer of her son drops by demanding to know why Gregor Samsa (Björn Thors) is late for work. […]

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This Clement World is part of the Carbon14: Climate is Culture Exhibition and Festival hosted by the Cape Farewell foundation and The Theatre Centre. Cynthia Hopkins is a sheer delight whom I have never had the pleasure to see on stage, and it is not surprising to learn that she is a multiple award winning […]

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I am constantly in awe of the physical and mental stamina required of dancers, and have always said that if I could go back in time I would make sure to pursue dance.  Well this show made me want to die immediately and be reborn a dancer.  Heartbeat of Home is a spectacle with all […]

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I cannot even begin to imagine what one could possibly find to say against A Brimful of Asha.  So I am glad I don’t have to.  It is flawless in its storytelling and staging. Ravi Jain, whose Why Not Theatre has developed a reputation in cross-cultural collaboration and producing of site-specific, as well as, community-based […]

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A group of actors from Canada embark on a journey touring Michael Redhill’s play about genocide, Goodness, to Rwanda – of all places.  My immediate thought is that this experience will be wrought by topics as obvious as the social function of theatre in different cultural and geographical environments.  Or the role that interpretation and […]

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Warning.  Both this show and this review are heavily experiential. I was just thinking the other day how much I miss those long gone days of university productions that were staged professionally, but with the much-needed energy and liveliness that fresh and ambitious minds can bring to live theatre.  I’ve been a bit bored lately, […]

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You are almost always sure to expect an enjoyable evening of theatre with the director-designer duo and real life couple of Morris Panych and Ken MacDonald who have been collaborating for decades, as some of the archival production photos lining the lobbies of the Tarragon can attest to.  Now that I have seen several of […]

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This show has led me to realize that “falling” in love is a rather ominous term.  It appears that relationships are doomed from the beginning, especially ones that have started off as a coup de feu: too intense to really survive their original spark.  It seems like this is the case between Anabel (Julia Lederer) […]

Documentary-style theatre creation often has a tendency of being too dry, too filmic or too wordy for the stage which requires extended use of body and voice – and, these days, other mediums – to keep audience members engaged.  This is not the case with Awake, a multidisciplinary production by Expect Theatre as part of […]

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15 AUGUST 2012- I am about to watch a show directed by my favourite Canadian playwright (Morris Panych).  The set is fascinating to me.  I love absurdist drama, and the designer (Ken MacDonald) has made appropriately bold choices with this fantastical set that feels like an even larger than life version of a cute doll house.  The […]

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It is not that often we get to see realism on stage anymore.  Even more rare: three hour productions.  Do people even have that sort of attention span these days?  Lucky thing for intermissions.  At least in opera you have the chance of being taken on a musical journey.  But this is three hours – […]

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Equal parts tragedy and comedy with a tinge of history, Alumnae Theatre’s season opener is a real visual treat.  Audience members are aptly greeted by a tall pyramid structure positioned centre stage which I – for better or worse – immediately deemed the “tower of Babylon.”  Contained within are many of the props which actors […]

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I’ve always liked to believe you can tell a fine play by its title.  In this case, playwright Jordi Mand has ingeniously chosen a seemingly ordinary one which, in actuality, alludes to the electrifying secret that propels the story forward in this head-to-head dispute between Marion (Susan Coyne) and Teresa (Christine Horne) about what really […]

Two weeks after the PQ was elected as Quebec’s minority government- causing concern of renewed interest in nationalist policies- the time could not be more right for a project fusing our country’s strong English playwriting tradition with the electroacoustic music Quebec is renowned for.  Montreal-based composer Louis Dufort and Toronto-based writer Tom Walmsley were both […]