Jack Graham

When the musical Hair opened 50 years ago, it made a real splash. A sexy, psychedelic, energetic show about young people seeking freedom and love at a time of huge political unrest. Unfortunately, Hart House’s production fails to transport you to that moment. Though littered with a number of good performances and cameos, the performance […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

Bright, wondrous, and bubbly, Seussical, is an odd little show, but one that is filled with positivity and happiness. This enthusiastic group of performers throw everything at the production, and I’d challenge anyone to leave the theatre without a massive grin on their face. Littered with playful and uplifting songs, the musical mixes a number […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

With new theatre, it is sometimes tricky to differentiate between what comes from the original writing and from the production you are viewing. After all, such an early incarnation of a musical will have very few, if any, comparisons by which the production itself can be directly judged. With Hadestown, the two are even more […]

  Alisha Maclean

Part cabaret, part musical, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens is a rowdy sci-fi romp — reminiscent of what a lovechild between Rocky Horror Picture Show and Barbarella would look like. Having been reproduced in both the US and in the UK, this Toronto iteration by Small but Mighty Productions serves it well, though the […]

  Amy Strizic

As part of the Fall 2018 programme, the Lower Ossington Theatre has mounted The Producers! Any chance to see this show in any form should be taken – totally hilarious, pithy, and self-referential, it’s a wonderful show for those well versed in Musical Theatre. However, the nature of the show itself is also great for […]

  Amy Strizic

Watching Mirvish’s production of Ain’t Too Proud was an absolute joy. I am a bigtime Motown music lover, and was so excited for the evening of music and to learn even more about “The Life and Times of The Temptations”. My Motown mix is the most frequently played playlist in my home: its use is […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

A bold new rock musical that brings a contemporary feel to the story of the Bronte sisters, this is a fun and smart piece of work that doesn’t shy away from experimental ideas, and while still a little rough around the edges, is an admirably successful piece of work. There are many parts of this […]

  Kelly Bedard

The Music Man The best production at the Stratford Festival this year is an incredibly dated musical with a couple good (not great) songs and a story made of truly silly stuff. But there’s a reason Stratford asks so much of Donna Feore every season- basically handing her their full musical slate and saying “go, […]

  Kelly Bedard

Coriolanus The Avon Theatre is lucky to have this big splashy Robert Lepage hit because it’s the only particularly good thing in the space this year. And even then, it underwhelms at least a little. Lepage brings what one could expect Lepage to bring- inventive use of video, ambitious aesthetics, a filmic approach to transitions […]

  Kelly Bedard

Artistic Director Tim Carroll programmed the 2018 Shaw season with a throughline of war stories, mostly World War I stories. The theme is so pervasive that it seems to divide the season pretty much down the middle, so that’s how I’ve decided to group the plays together- War & Peace. Read about the season’s civilian stories […]

  Kelly Bedard

August 9-19th, our writers reviewed nearly every show in Toronto’s annual SummerWorks Festival. The full list of shows with letter grades and links to our reviews is below. Check out our Twitter and Instagram @MyEntWorld for more from our SummerWorks 2018 experience. Reminder to SummerWorks Artists:  If your SummerWorks show scored an A+ or A, you can […]

  Chris Behmke

The Gunfighter Meets His Match, recently at NYMF, successfully marries the classic American aesthetic of the Old West to the modern, enchanting, original music of singer/songwriter Abby Payne. Abby Payne’s music is the greatest strength of the production, without a doubt. She has clearly developed her style through a musical portfolio born more out of […]

  Kelly Bedard

Mirvish Productions has been on a run of great programming for the last little while with Come From Away’s Canadian sit-down production as a quality anchor, and tours of The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked coming through town. Phantom certainly can take some criticism but I’d argue its messages about empathy and mercy ultimately […]

  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, […]