‘SS Lightbulb’: Pleasantly Odd

  This show was my pick for the weekend because I thought it might be odd. It was, and I was thoroughly pleased by its oddness. Second Step says they were formed from a desire to experiment and explore the ideas and techniques on stage that they’d always wanted to try. SS Lightbulb is a … Continue reading ‘SS Lightbulb’: Pleasantly Odd

“A Tension to Detail” Worthy of High Praise

A Tension to Detail, by Gerard Harris, is a one-man storytelling show from a performer who brings magnetic energy to the stage. Over the course of the show, Harris’ autobiographical stories explore the central question of why we choose to tell the stories that we do. There are myriad facts, says Harris, and he often … Continue reading “A Tension to Detail” Worthy of High Praise

Don’t Miss “Love is a Battlefield”!

Perennial Fringe favourites Martin Dockery and Vanessa Quesnelle bring a brand new high stakes drama to life with a pair of vibrant performances in Love is a Battlefield. Dockery and Quesnelle are a pleasure to watch as they slowly unearth the depths of their characters’ insecurities through the layers of armor that humans frequently erect … Continue reading Don’t Miss “Love is a Battlefield”!

“Norman Bisbee Goes to War” Has A Lot of Heart

Kevin Reid brings to life a motley assortment of clownish characters to tell the story of Norman Bisbee, a WWII veteran in his sunset years going to battle once more. Reid’s physicality and voice-work are the strongest assets of this show. He does an excellent job bringing to life the distinct characters in such a … Continue reading “Norman Bisbee Goes to War” Has A Lot of Heart

“Get Lost” is Hilariously Dynamic While Riveting the Audience Together on a Great Journey

  In Get Lost, Fringe veteran Jem Rolls explores the special place outside our comfort zones where life actually happens, if only we can get out of own way and get lost in the unknown-unknown. Jem Rolls travels a lot, Jem Rolls talks a lot, and Jem Rolls gets lost a lot – and all … Continue reading “Get Lost” is Hilariously Dynamic While Riveting the Audience Together on a Great Journey

“Alpha Delta 86” is High-Energy Clown You Can’t Help But Enjoy

 Alpha Delta 86, by Kiva Murphy and Filipa Mendes of Can Ducks Fly Theatre, tells the story of a pair of hilarious clown spies employed to rid the world of love. This show is busy high-energy comedic clown that you can’t help but enjoy. Murphy and Mendez play wonderfully off one another, and even when … Continue reading “Alpha Delta 86” is High-Energy Clown You Can’t Help But Enjoy

“The Red Shoes” features some very entertaining performances

 The Red Shoes, by Moon Ballad Circus, features some very entertaining performances.  First off, do you like fire? There was fire, and it was cool.  This assessment holds true for the gamut of circus skills on display in this production; really impressively cool. As a piece of theatre, this show leaves a lot to be … Continue reading “The Red Shoes” features some very entertaining performances

“Rideshares & Rope Swings” is Refreshingly Quiet and Beautiful

Rideshares and Rope Swings, from Two Kind Boys Productions, tells a quirky tale the friendship that develops between two young adults (played by Matt Hertendy and Zoe Towne) on a rideshare across Ontario. There is a line from the near the beginning of this show that says, about the stars that, “beauty isn’t always in … Continue reading “Rideshares & Rope Swings” is Refreshingly Quiet and Beautiful

Strong Performances Despite Wordy Text in “As Rome Burns”

A period piece set in ancient Rome, FireFlood Productions’ As Rome Burns brings strong performances to bear on reconsidering an historical moment from long ago. This show explores the motivations and circumstances that led one of history’s most controversial figures to cast him in a human light. That is not to say redeem him, but … Continue reading Strong Performances Despite Wordy Text in “As Rome Burns”