Kelly Bedard

Be sure to check out our Full List of SummerWorks Reviews Extremophiles (A) A delicate, grounded, two-handed story about an anthropologist and her subject in the apocalyptic near-future, Extremophiles is played by a single performer (playwright Georgina Beaty) oscillating between young and old(er), optimistic and weary, open and guarded, visionary and practical with incredible nuance […]

  Kelly Bedard

Be sure to check out our Full List of SummerWorks Reviews Adam Lazarus is an approachable, involving performer. He bounds onto the stage wearing fairy wings and shows us a dance his 5-year-old daughter choreographed for him. You’re sure from the moment Daughter begins that Lazarus is a nice guy and he’ll tell you the […]

  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 […]

  Kelly Bedard

Be sure to check out our Full List of SummerWorks Reviews Depression is our generation’s plague. AIDS, tuberculosis, the actual (as in bubonic) plague, they’ve all cut down generations before us, but clinical depression, that’s what is attacking the great minds of right now. Millions at a time, it’s taking our thinkers, our emoters, our […]

  Lisa McKeown

Be sure to check out our Full List of SummerWorks Reviews No Fun (A-) No Fun is a collaborative rock/dance piece created and choreographed by Helen Simard. The show declares itself to be intense from the outset as one of the dancers moves through the line of people gathered to see the show, handing out earplugs. […]

  Kelly Bedard

Toronto’s juried avant garde theatre festival SummerWorks ran August 4-14th this year and, over the course of those 11 days, our critics- Kelly Bedard, Beth McNeil and Lisa McKeown- covered 36 theatre, music and dance shows. With 14 A grades and only 4(!) productions scoring less than a B, this might have been the strongest […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2015 MyTheatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Winner of the 2013 Best Actor MyTheatre Award for his performance as Richard III, the always wonderful Alex McCooeye returns to the Nominee Interview Series to discuss the hilarious bed-ridden role in Soulpepper’s wacky Bedroom Farce that scored him […]

  Kelly Bedard

Click Here for our full coverage of the 2015 SummerWorks Festival. Stupidhead! A Mucisal Cmoedy (B+) A rare straightforward and simply charming effort at the festival, this original one-woman autobiographical musical is refreshingly unafraid of seeming conventional and is therefore able to really be truthful and simply enjoyable. The form is unoriginal and the songs a […]

  Duncan Derry

Click Here for our full coverage of the 2015 SummerWorks Festival. The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely (A-) Almost every play that I have seen at Summerworks this year has involved characters and events that transcend whole decades, and sometimes centuries. In An Evening in July, two women seem to be living simultaneously in the early […]

  Kelly Bedard

Click Here for our full coverage of the 2015 SummerWorks Festival. Seams (B) An excellent cast and interesting subject matter elevate this somewhat dull, badly paced play about theatre seamstresses in 1939 Russia. Ewa Wolniczek is particularly memorable as Marina, a young woman with too much fight in her. Sochi Fried and Elizabeth Stuart-Morris share […]

  Thea Fitz-James

Click Here for our full coverage of the 2015 SummerWorks Festival. Offending the Audience (A)  Offending the Audience, originally written in 1960, and here conceived by Christian Lapoint, is, if nothing else, an experience. An extended, poetic, contradictory monologue, the piece is, for the most part, an hour of taking the rules of theatre and […]

  Thea Fitz-James

Click Here for our full coverage of the 2015 SummerWorks Festival. Like There’s No Tomorrow (A+) Like There’s No Tomorrow tells the story of the Northern Gateway Project, and it effect on people on First Nations’ communities in Northern British Columia. Based on interviews conducted by Architect Theatre in 2012 and 2013, Like There’s No […]

  Lisa McKeown

Click Here for our full coverage of the 2015 SummerWorks Festival. HYPER (A) Created and performed by Freye Björg Olafson, Hyper is a conceptual dance piece, incorporating projected videos, pictures, and even a little bit of 3-D. Different dance routines are choreographed to form a kind of narrative. We see her first in the flesh, wearing […]

  Duncan Derry

Click Here for our full coverage of the 2015 SummerWorks Festival. An Evening in July (A-) The outdoor square and refreshment room of St. George the Martyr Anglican Church in Grange Park are currently littered with recognizable objects from a bygone era: a Country Life magazine from June of 1963, a dead carriage clock, a […]

  Thea Fitz-James

Click Here for our full coverage of the 2015 SummerWorks Festival. Upon the Fragile Shore (B+) Upon The Fragile Shore explores a number of human tragedies, from the Boston Marathon Bombing to the struggles in Syria. The strength the showis in its performers: a virtuosic, talented group that exemplify what can be done with movement, […]

  Kelly Bedard

Click Here for our full coverage of the 2015 SummerWorks Festival. That Syncing Feeling (A) This interactive event is really two pieces tied together by your cell phone. The first, “Tethered Together” is a celebration of communication and intimacy as participants are guided into an anonymous confessional conversation with another audience member via text message. […]

  Kelly Bedard

With a team of four writers, we managed to cover almost the entire theatre series at the 25th SummerWorks festival. See below for all the reviews (ranked by the grade they received). The My Theatre Favourites Discount:  If your SummerWorks show scores an A+ or A, you can cash in on that goodwill with a […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. The role of real life military prisoner Chelsea Manning in Jonathan Seinen’s Unknown Soldier may have been the most challenging task given to any actor this year. In the SummerWorks one-act, Best Solo Performance nominee Jeff Ho […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. After appearing in our Best Regional Production winner last year (FeverGraph’s Look Back in Anger), Adriano Sobretodo Jr. proceeded to deliver one of the most captivating performances at the 2014 SummerWorks Festival as an illegal immigrant wasting […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Soulpepper favourites and Howland Company founding members, Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster and Paolo Santalucia have given us dozens of standout performances on many stages in their few years since graduating from the Soulpepper Academy. We even named Courtney […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Generally a festival production features a fairly simple set (or a non-existent one), something cheap to construct and easy to strike. Antigonick at SummerWorks didn’t feel at all like a festival production. It felt like a larger enterprise, […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. One of the standout productions of the annual SummerWorks festival was a bold and urgent adaptation of the myth of Antigone. Wrangling a huge ensemble cast and an intellectually and technically demanding text, Cole Lewis crossed practical […]

  Kelly Bedard

Written by Danielle Morgan–  Toronto’s newest theatre festival Progress, an international festival of performance and ideas, takes center stage from February 4 to 15 with a lineup of seven world-class performances in six languages. Each curated by a local company, the not-to-be missed international shows, workshops and talks engage conversation about language, accessibility and what […]

  Kelly Bedard

Be sure to check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and our Full Listing of SummerWorks 2014 reviews. New This Year: The My Theatre Favourite Discount  If your Fringe or SummerWorks show scores an A+ or A, you can cash in on that goodwill with a 50% discount on advertising your next show on My Entertainment World. If you scored […]

  Lorenzo Pagnotta

Be sure to check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and our Full Listing of SummerWorks 2014 reviews. New This Year: The My Theatre Favourite Discount  If your Fringe or SummerWorks show scores an A+ or A, you can cash in on that goodwill with a 50% discount on advertising your next show on My Entertainment World. If you scored an […]