Mary-Margaret Scrimger

Read All Our SummerWorks Reviews HERE White Man’s Indian (A) This is a story that needs to be told and should be told but is not for the faint of heart. Writer Darla Contois explores identity on multiple fronts, the first being the lack of recorded history for Canadian First Nations which causes Eva, the […]

  Mary-Margaret Scrimger

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Picaza (A) Dark and brooding, Picaza is a new creation by The Inamorata Dance Collective, bringing together contemporary and flamenco dance. Their performance was stunning with one dance that is imprinted in my mind. Using a long white piece of translucent fabric, the entire […]

  Lisa McKeown

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews WILD/WALLED (A-) This dance piece created by Tracey Norman, Alison Daley, and the Half Second Echo company is a pure delight. The show explores the walls we throw up both in society and in our relationships, and the resulting conflicts, emotions, and expressions. The […]

  Lisa McKeown

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Lysistrata (A-) I’m not much for crowds, so when Fringe starts I’m always a little anxious about all the bustle. But Lysistrata is exactly the right thing to seduce you into the spirit of the festival. The site – Painted Lady at Dundas and […]

  Kelly Bedard

I know, I’m as surprised as you. But listen, I enjoyed Magic Mike XXL (the original Magic Mike too but it was less fun and wanted to be too many things) and every once in awhile I get a weird 4am burst of personality-abandoning “to hell with it” courage and decide to do something truly […]

  Lisa McKeown

This dance-opera conceived and designed by co-directors Michael Greyeyes and Yvette Nolan and librettist Spy Denommé-Welch investigates the emotional history and contemporary cultural significance of Canada’s residential school system. The production itself is multi-faceted, combining orchestral music, a choir, opera, and modern dance. The story divides into three movements: in the first, the dancers enter […]

  Caroline Schurman-Grenier

There are times when it can be refreshing to step away from the theatrical realm and explore other forms of artistic expression. It’s Not Yet Midnight has no story, little cohesion and sometimes has too much going on at the same time. Be that as it may, it was one of the most outstanding performances I […]

  Kymberley Feltham

Before we announce the winners of the 2016 MyTheatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Yvonne Ng is a Toronto-based dancer and choreographer interested in how we find and give purpose throughout our lives. Nominated for Outstanding Solo Performance for her compelling and visually evocative tiger princess dance projects piece In Search of the […]

  Alisha Maclean

When the curtain rises, the stage is a blur of muted greys, of bland beiges. Bodies trundle to and fro with shuffling urgency to a discordant jumble of notes – the soundtrack as dissonant and buzzing as the crowd itself. The monotony of city life and the stark existence of the working class person’s crushing […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2016 MyTheatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. We’re doing most of our interviews in person this year (as evidenced by the branded portraits). Talking in person means we get to adjust on the fly, ask follow-up questions, dive deeper and have more of a recognizable […]

  Kelly Bedard

Toronto Fringe’s winter mini-fest Next Stage is in a tricky spot. It plays host to the first productions of every year in Toronto theatre; the audience full of hope and anticipation and ready to have the bar set for the year to come. Curated and titled as it is, it’s not hard to expect something […]

  Kymberley Feltham

“Enter the space with brilliance, seeing every molecule floating…” so starts the beginning of each of three poems, written by Yvonne Ng to her dancers, providing each a score and map with which to develop a solo in their own movement voice. The three solos were then superimposed onto each other, encouraging the dancers into […]

  Kymberley Feltham

Bill Coleman and Gordon Monahan’s collaboratively conceived and performed Dollhouse played out like a Rube Goldberg machine, albeit one that wrought destruction on both the man and the set within minutes of the shows start time. The elaborately complex set which lay bare the accoutrements of the highly technical show, as well as Monahan’s interaction […]

  Amy Strizic

For those in the contemporary circus scene, The 7 Fingers company (or Les 7 Doigts de le Main) hardly needs introduction. This modern Montreal-based company never lets an audience down, and has continued this trend with Mirvish onstage in Toronto. The incredibly personal and thoughtful Cuisine & Confessions thrills from the beginning, with a cheeky […]

  Kymberley Feltham

What it’s Like is the first production on The Theatre Centre’s eight work Dance Card—an initiative bringing a wealth of contemporary dance to The Theatre Centre’s stage during their 2016/2017 season. What it’s Like is a co-production between The Theatre Centre and choreographer Heidi Strauss. The work was created in residency at The Theatre Centre, […]

  Beth McNeil

Be sure to check out our Full List of SummerWorks Reviews Soliloquy in English (A) Hidden away on the top of the Theatre Centre roof, 6 strangers read a book that artist Patrick Blenkarn compiled from interviews about the English language. What results is a wonderful performance art piece that is much theatre as it […]

  Lisa McKeown

Be sure to check out our Full List of SummerWorks Reviews Trophy (A-) Creators Sarah Conn and Allison O’Connor have brought to life an interactive installation piece centred around stories of struggle and change. The audience is split up and circulates through five tents, each of which holds a person waiting to tell us a […]

  Beth McNeil

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Weird: The Witches of Macbeth (A) Absolutely exquisite and mind blowing in its execution, Weird is the story of Macbeth as told from the perspective of the three witches. This play is a visual treat, with the three actresses performing arial stunts throughout the […]

  Kelly Bedard

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Bright Lights (A+) I’ve gone back and forth on what to say about this show for days now. I feel that all the review-style praise that there is to be heaped has already been heaped on this sold-out gem by recent Dora winner Kat […]

  Kymberley Feltham

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Falling Awake (A+) Falling Awake is the type of zany show you want to see early in the festival, so that you can have it in your back pocket for when you’re asked for a recommendation. The performers are delightfully charismatic and their show […]

  Whitney Richards

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews (Un)Boxed (A) (Un)Boxed is a series of dance pieces exploring the themes of conformity, isolation and exclusion. These pieces are linked with an Alice Through The Looking Glass-type character who interacts and observes the dances and gives the show a dystopian quality. We visit […]

  Kelly Bedard

From June 29 to July 10, seven of our Toronto staffers- Kelly Bedard, Duncan Derry, Kymberley Feltham, Lisa McKeown, Beth McNeil, Lorenzo Pagnotta and Whitney Richards- reviewed 100+ plays in this year’s Fringe Festival. Special thanks to the Fringe Staff & Volunteers (especially Will King in the press office who handled all our ticket requests) […]

  Oliver Simmonds

What we learn of the Romani is limited but what is limited in the LIFT Festival’s Open For Everything is probed deeply in dance rather than storytelling, a bracing experience when done well. Constanza Macras’ dance company has made a piece that celebrates and explains the ‘last nomadic tribe in Europe’, the Romani. While light […]

  Kelly Bedard

Somewhere at the intersection of a contemporary art piece and a classical narrative ballet lives the National Ballet of Canada’s new production, the world premiere of the first full-length work from homegrown company star Guillaume Côté. This is a big deal. A bigger deal than is being made, I think. The National is no stranger […]

  Amy Strizic

I had heard that Riverdance was coming to the city on a 20th anniversary tour, and I jumped at the opportunity to see the show. Who wouldn’t! Riverdance is such an iconic production, a reference point for all Irish dance, and just plain fun. No one can deny that. The pre-show hubbub was relaxed and […]

Luu hlotitxw: Spirit Transformingby Dancers of Damelahamin and Lara Kramer’s NGS (Native Girl Syndrome) was a provocative pairing …