Toronto Theatre Reviews

Spend Your Kids Inheritance - TORONTO FRINGE REVIEW 2019

Spend Your Kids Inheritance - TORONTO FRINGE REVIEW 2019

Spend Yours Kids Inheritance is a tough one.  To be blunt while there was much I enjoyed about the show, ultimately the production never connected with me. It took awhile for me to figure out why this was; considering there was so much to like about it.  Firstly, the cast is wonderful. Fringe is so often seen as a young’uns game, so to see such a vibrant cast of talented seniors was beautiful. Their talent is undeniable and they all did a great job of conveying the show with brilliant quips and lively pep. It’s just a shame that I...

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Friendly Fire - TORONTO FRINGE 2019 REVIEW

Friendly Fire - TORONTO FRINGE 2019 REVIEW

 What is there to do when your best sketch in your piece is a paid advertisement?  Thinking back on friendly fire, there is a lot to like here. The cast is likable and dynamic. The sketches are well paced and easily established.  But once again, I come back to my mixed feelings on a sketch comedy show. I recognize my bias is to a show that is consistent in tone or theme, and while this show has a focus on friendship, such a broad theme is hard to explore in a way that can make it feel coherent.  The...

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Drink Of Choice - TORONTO FRINGE 2019 REVIEW

Drink Of Choice - TORONTO FRINGE 2019 REVIEW

Drink of Choice is an impressive feat, not only in it’s acting and performance but it’s structure and execution. First off, there is an effervescent charm about Holly that carries the entire production making her simultaneously likable, relatable, funny and charming. As a bartender recounting her history of love, loss, family and dreams to the audience, she goes a long way to create a space that feels safe for herself and the audience, and encourages a sense of play and discovery. It also makes this concept extremely hard to review because I know that I’ve only seen one of the...

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Swallowed Whole - TORONTO FRINGE 2019 REVIEW

Swallowed Whole - TORONTO FRINGE 2019 REVIEW

I’ve never been one to really “Get” sketch shows. Out the gate, I recognize that they do not need a story, or coherence, or even any connection at all between them. With this in mind, I think it’s important to establish that even though the sketches have little if anything to do with each other, there is a “tone” here that is undoubtedly Rachel Perry. The actors are all up for the challenge. Chris O'Bray, Carly Telford and Raechel Fisher are undoubtedly having a great time playing with such absurdist comedy routines and are never afraid to get their hands...

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I, Christopher - TORONTO FRINGE 2019 REVIEW

I, Christopher by Elaudio Tamburri   I really wanted to like I, Christopher. The story of a man with aspberegers struggling in the workplace is promising and I liked the concept. Unfortunately it never hits the heights of which I believe the actor is capable of reaching. While I applaud his courage and tenacity in the performance, I ultimately have walked away feeling mildly disappointed and let down by the story.  Before I even explore this idea further, there is a part of me that is uncomfortable writing a review of a show in which the main actor is exploring...

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