Kelly Bedard

I was so excited to find myself in Vancouver during the Fringe Festival this fall (it’s crazy that there are still Fringe Festivals happening once it’s officially “fall”). Having covered the Toronto leg of the epic Canadian indie theatre circuit for years, I was curious to see how things compared out on the west coast. […]

  Kelly Bedard

I was so excited to find myself in Vancouver during the Fringe Festival this fall (it’s crazy that there are still Fringe Festivals happening once it’s officially “fall”). Having covered the Toronto leg of the epic Canadian indie theatre circuit for years, I was curious to see how things compared out on the west coast. […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2018 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Pressgang Theatre’s Graham Isador is one of the best storytellers in town. As a writer, he brings creative structure and clarity to memorable, emotional stories. As a performer, he delivers said stories with calm charisma and […]

  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

Be sure to check out our Full List of SummerWorks Reviews … And You’ll Never Believe What Happens Next (A) The sneaky dissonance of this latest storytelling show from Pressgang Theatre’s Graham Isador adds an intriguing layer of unspoken complication to an already rich and rewarding hour. Demonstrating once again his uncanny knack for structure, […]

  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 […]

Thursday, June 28, a hungry audience filled the John Candy Box Theatre for “a night worth bingeing on”. The were treated to Alma Matters Productions’ Comedy Calorie hosted by Sarah Marchand. Before I get into the event, I feel it is crucial to talk about Sheena’s Place. In 1993, Lynn Carpenter lost her daughter Sheena […]

  Kelly Bedard

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Maddie’s Karaoke Birthday Party (A) This perfectly cast site-specific musical is the best thing composing team Barbara Johnston and Suzy Wilde have done. The first 2/3 of the show is a perfect in-absentia character portrait as Maddie’s closest friends get up at the birthday […]

  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 […]

  Kelly Bedard

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Fire in the Meth Lab (A) The perfect balance of big comedy and serious reality, Jon Bennett’s play about his brother Tim is easily the best solo show I’ve seen all Fringe. An engaging storyteller who makes an immediate connection with his audience, Bennett […]

  Duncan Derry

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Pressgang Storytelling (B+) For a more laid-back Fringe experience, Graham Isador is hosting his long-running evening of comic storytelling over at the Handlebar on Augusta. Each performance features a collection of six or so performers who get up onto the small stage area in […]

  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 […]

  Beth McNeil

Is it ever okay to tell a rape joke? To laugh at a rape joke? A new comedy show entitled “Rape is Real and Everywhere” is touring across the country, confronting what we believe about rape, rapists, and human decency in general. Billed as a “show about rape, as joked about by survivors”, it does […]

  Melanie Hrymak

Click Here for the Full List of our 2015 Toronto Fringe Reviews. Let’s Start a Country! (B+) This show is a fun, interactive piece in which Gerard Harris and Al Lafrance build a new micro-country with their audience. Part civics lesson, part parody, you get to name your country, choose a flag, construct basic laws, […]