Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2017 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Good Old Neon’s Blue Remembered Hills– one of the darkest and most disturbing productions of the year- began with Jeff Dingle making play airplane noises. Jeff’s happy-go-lucky presence usually signals you’re about to see something fairly […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2017 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Aleksander Oferd Alexander Offord is a past MyTheatre Award winning-playwright and co-artistic director of Good Old Neon, the company behind one of our most-celebrated productions of the year, Blue Remembered Hills. Directed by his then-fiancée now-wife Nicole […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2017 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. The brilliant Ingrid Hansen is a one-of-a-kind physical performer and out-of-the-box theatre creator. Her work is inventive, thoughtful, hilarious, and moving. She’s nominated this year for Outstanding Solo Performance for her Fringe piece Interstellar Elder, an odd, delightful, […]

  Lorenzo Pagnotta

Two more pieces had their opening at Progress Festival on Valentine’s Day. While they couldn’t be more different, they did share something in common. Dis Merci When it comes to creating healthy inclusive communities, let face it, sometimes even our best intentions give way to tension and friction amongst neighbours. Sometimes we even end up […]

Pencil Kit Productions’ The Hungriest Woman in the World is certainly an interesting show. It bills itself as a ‘sexy and elliptical new play’ by Canadian poet and playwright Shannon Bramer. It follows a young woman – Aimee (Nora Jane Williams) – as she escapes from the loneliness and confusion of her own life into […]

  Mary-Margaret Scrimger

Theatre Lab’s new musical comedy, currently onstage at the Factory Studio Theatre, can be summarized in one word: clever. The title- The Adventures of Tom Shadow- suggests a Peter Pan-type protagonist and a familiar tale of his far-flung adventures. The opening scene features the expected happy nuclear family at bedtime and, when the parents leave, Tom Shadow takes […]

  Kelly Bedard

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Delirium (A) Martin Dockery’s storytelling style is almost manic; he speaks a mile a minute and moves about the stage with such restless energy that his few moments of stillness are shockingly poignant. In Delirium, he tells three stories (plus various stories-within-the-story) about love, […]

  Kelly Bedard

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Macbeth Muet (A+) Every day during the Fringe, I get asked the same question about ten times- “what’s the best thing you’ve seen?”. The answer is Macbeth Muet. Not “well, there’s a lot of great stuff; it depends what you’re in the mood for, […]

  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

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Bendy Sign Tavern (A-) This site-specific puppet rom-com from Fringe favourites Sex T-Rex is a lovely departure from their usual action/adventure fare and a great showcase for their MVP Kaitlin Morrow whose puppetry skills won her our Honorary MyTheatre Award for 2016. The company […]

  Mary-Margaret Scrimger

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Show Your Flames (A) I have no idea what this show was. A combination of performance art, comedy, lip synching, pop culture, dance and mash ups, this is an artistic expression that will confuse the hell out of you. Show Your Flames moves fast […]

  Lorenzo Pagnotta

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews 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 […]

  Kelly Bedard

Blue Remembered Hills (Good Old Neon) This dark, unpleasant, uncompromisingly strange piece of physical theatre is born out of a British teleplay in which a group of children play and torture each other, as children do. The children are meant to be played by adults but director Nicole Wilson has fully grown the characters up, […]

  Lorenzo Pagnotta

Bad New Days recently premiered their intriguing double bill Italian Mime Suicide & Three Red Days at The Theatre Centre. Both pieces take on a physical approach to delve in to the complex topic of politics and art, using mime. The absence of words to clutter our minds presents an opportunity to focus closer on […]

  Oliver Simmonds

‘The Pussy Riot performances cannot be reduced just to subversive provocations. Beneath the dynamics of their acts, there is the inner stability of a firm ethico-political attitude. In some deeper sense, it is today’s society that is caught in a crazy capitalist dynamic with no inner sense and measure, and it is Pussy Riot that […]

  Caroline Schurman-Grenier

Quiche Dinner parties rarely go as planned onstage. Quiche tells the story of John and Jenny who are having Jo and Jake over for a quiet night in. But John has other plans for the evening. As the play progresses and it becomes obvious John is attracted to Jo, audiences can tell that nothing good will come […]

  Caroline Schurman-Grenier

Ya’akobi and Leidental  It starts out light, but ends on a rather depressing note. Ya’akobi, played by Daryl Green, is sick and tired of living a quaint life with his friend Leidental and so he decides to change things up. He wants to see the world and meet more people. He very quickly meets 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 Far Away (B+) At a certain point you stop expecting to understand Caryl Churchill and just let Caryl Churchill happen to you. Did I have any clue what was going on in Far Away, who the people were, how they knew each other, why some […]

  Kelly Bedard

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Wasteland (A+) The latest adventure from lunatic physical comedians Sex T-Rex is mostly Mad Max with a large dash of Wizard of Oz plus almost Psycho-like, Fight Club-ish twists, all doused in 80s rock. Obviously. Josef Addleman, Conor Bradbury, Julian Frid, Kaitlin Morrow and […]

  Whitney Richards

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Peter Vs Chris (A+) I remember my first Peter n’ Chris experience. I was sitting in the back of a large venue in Winnipeg utterly delighted at what I’d stumbled in on. I was laughing so hard at the duo and recall thinking to […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2015 MyTheatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series Winner of the 2012 Best Actor MyTheatre Award for his performance in French Without Tears, Shaw Festival favourite Ben Sanders returns to the Nominee Interview Series to discuss a season during which he appeared in no fewer than […]

  Lisa McKeown

Written by Caryl Churchill in the 1970s, Objections to Sex and Violence was Chruchill’s first production on a mainstage. Currently downtown at the Artscape Sandbox, it is a surprisingly relevant play, set against the political background of the 1970’s: the sexual revolution, and the global protest movement. But Churchill’s play invokes the political in a […]

  Melanie Hrymak

Click Here for the Full List of our 2015 Toronto Fringe Reviews All Our Yesterdays (A) Based on the true events of the kidnapping of 276 girls by Boko Haram in Nigeria, Chloé Hung’s new play All Our Yesterdays is a standout. Chiamaka Umeh and Amanda Weise play Hasana and Ladi, two sisters who have […]

  Kelly Bedard

Created by Why Not Theatre, The RISER Project is a new initiative that pairs established companies with emerging artists to share resources and make producing indie theatre just a little bit easier. The inaugural RISER season is taking place at The Theatre Centre with two shows currently on stage (closing May 3rd) and another two […]

A Side of Dreams is a beautiful view into Metis cultural traditions of generational and ancestral healing. The evening begins with a wondrous and effective projection of a spider beginning to spin a web, through a suspended aerial hoop. The initial image and soundscape prepare the audience for the intimate and thoughtful performance to come. […]