Before we announce the winners of the 2018 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual …

  Alisha Maclean

Before we announce the winners of the 2018 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Eliza Martin was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts with a Drama Specialist before attending the Theatre and Drama Studies program at both University of Toronto and […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2018 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Performer/Producer Cass Van Wyck had a breakout year in 2018 with two extremely different and totally indelible star turns in productions she played a huge role in ushering into existence. Her Outstanding Leading Performance in a […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2018 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Richard Young is an actor/screenwriter known for his work in film and television (Taken, Kim’s Convenience, The Strain) but it was his standout performance in a site-specific play at last summer’s Toronto Fringe that earned him […]

  Steve Fisher

Be sure to check out our full list of Next Stage reviews. A Bear Awake in Winter Bullying as a topic in theatre, especially for young people, has been ascendent for the past few years. But it’s rarely examined with such nuance and even-handedness (and humour, even) as in Ali Joy Richardson’s script here. Richardson’s […]

  Thea Fitz-James

Be sure to check out our full list of Next Stage reviews. Dinner with The Duchess Meet Margaret (Allegra Fulton), a celebrated female violinist, who is retiring after decades of an illustrious career. She is being interviewed in her home by young prodigy journalist, Helen (Rosie Simon), who is intent on asking hard, smart questions. […]

  Mark Kay

Be sure to check out our full list of Next Stage reviews. Raising Stanley/Life with Tulia Raising Stanley/Life with Tulia is a multidisciplinary success of a show that brings together one-woman storytelling, video of original paintings, director narration, recorded artist interviews and music to create a sense of warm, remarkable insight to the world of […]

  Kelly Bedard

The new year is here and so is the new theatre season, kicking off as it always does with the Toronto Fringe’s curated winter festival. The Next Stage Theatre Festival takes place at the Factory Theatre where a heated tent stretches over the licensed courtyard to create a hub of ticket sales and line waiting […]

  Lorenzo Pagnotta

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Tears of a Bullet (A-) You don’t have to know anything about sci-fi writer Thomas Disch who inspired the subject matter, to appreciate this strongly written play by Josh Downing, effectively directed by Jeff Kennes. The feat of this show is the convincing delivery […]

  Mary-Margaret Scrimger

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews The Awkward Hug (A) This is a play that uses all the technical aspects of theatre that I love. It’s a monologue (check) that breaks the fourth wall (check) that skews timelines with tangents (check) that uses self-deprecating humour but not too much (check) […]

  Kelly Bedard

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews The Last Party (A-) Steven Gallagher adapted this musical (with help from composer Nicky Phillips) from his own play Memorial, which I fell in love with when it opened the As Written reading festival we helped produce back in 2015. A tender three-hander about […]

  Lorenzo Pagnotta

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Josephine, A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play (A+) POC can, should, and will tell their stories. I am thrilled they do because I get to learn about fabulous people like Josephine Baker. Tymisha Harris sings and dances her way through the stories that explain how […]

  Kelly Bedard

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews The Preposterous Predicament of Polly Peel (A) This is an odd one to review because it’s not really a Fringe show like the others. Most of the Fringe is small-scale short plays, sometimes executed poorly but pretty much always finished. Polly Peel is the […]

  Mark Kay

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Grade 8 (A) I am actually a fairly easy mark for songs I already like, sung well. With an absolutely stunning voice and selections that included material from Queen, Blondie and Tom Petty, Lara MacMillan did not have to do a whole lot of work […]

  Duncan Derry

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Birds Make Me Think About Freedom (B+) This ensemble work is a powerful and powerfully collaborative look at the abusive history of multiple mental institutions in Ontario, from the 19th century to the closure of the remaining centres (of which there were sixteen in […]

  Alisha Maclean

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Sweet Girl Shrapnel (B+) A walking tour of some graffiti alleys in Kensington Market, SGS is a stripped down tale of a woman’s bittersweet childhood memories. Written by Colleen Osborn and directed by Cassandra Silver, Cabiria (Xanath Fuentes Natanson) leads the group in search […]

  Chelsea Dinsmore

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Generally Hospital (A) Proving that humour can be found even in the most serious of places, Generally Hospital is a themed sketch comedy revue on the subject of hospitals. A set of exceptionally funny sketches are artfully brought together by director Leigh Cameron to […]

  Jace Hijazi

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Al Lafrance: I Think I’m Dead (A+) A solo performance that floored me by its close, I suppose this is the gem of my 2018 Fringe experience. The show blazes through the history of Lafrance’s life covering everything from childhood trauma to hilarious vacation […]

  Chelsea Dinsmore

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews How to be FEARLESS! (with Roxy Roberts) (A) Fed up with being harassed, stalked, and threatened, Roxy Roberts (Playwright/Performer Ali Joy Richardson) leads an unorthodox seminar on how to defend yourself and live without fear in this hilarious site-specific show about a motivational speaker. […]

  Alisha Maclean

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews A Kev n’ Cal Mystery (A+) A comedic play that is very reminiscent of the Hardy Boys, a Kev n’ Cal Mystery is riotously funny and nostalgic. Live ukelele accompaniment (Matt Gerber) is the perfect touch and tone, and very tastefully delivered. The timing of […]

  Mark Kay

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Ashley with a Y (A+) Ashley Botting is utterly brilliant. The full scope of that brilliance is unlikely to sink in until a few minutes after the show, because Ashely Botting is also utterly hilarious. Once you have a few moments to stop laughing, […]

  Mary-Margaret Scrimger

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Katharine Ferns is in Stitches (A) Get ready to laugh. Get ready to cry. Get ready to do both at the same time. This is dark comedy that is surprisingly uplifting. Katharine Ferns lays out her past, which is pretty horrible, on the table […]

  Kelly Bedard

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Dead for a Ducat (A+) Hamlet in 85 minutes as a film noir two-hander. The concept sounds either silly or impossible but Reign or Shine Productions somehow pulls it off in a way that’s both technically impressive and emotionally involving. I was expecting a […]

  Duncan Derry

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Anatomy of a Dancer (A-) Breakaway Entertainment are putting on an exuberant song and dance show about the life of Gene Kelly, careening through eleven pieces in under an hour that show off its talented troupe of young dancers. Robbie Fenton and Maddison Hayes-Crook, […]

  Kelly Bedard

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Life in a Box (A+) I left this show 12 hours ago and I’m still smiling. An episodic adventure that works as both live theatre and a web series, Life in a Box is as fresh as it is fun with a concept and […]

  Lorenzo Pagnotta

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Andy Warhol Musical: In Rehearsal (A) The fabulous cast of triple threats warm-up and stretch as the audience trickles in. The director (Vinetta Strombergs) notes inform us that this production is an exploration of several possible versions currently in development. Nevertheless, it’s mind-blowingly enthralling […]