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Review: The Royale (Soulpepper)

Photo of Sabryn Rock, Alexander Thomas and Dion Johnstone standingMarco Ramirez’s striking and heart-wrenching play gets its Canadian debut in Toronto

The Royale, performed at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts is a story about racism, perseverance, and simply – boxing. The six round, 90-minute saga is nothing short of striking.

Upon entering the always versatile Baillie Theatre, it appeared as though I was walking into a title bout. With the audience framing three sides of the stage, the stage took the form of a dusty boxing gym. As the lights dimmed, it was clear that the boxing ring set before me was about to become the scene for a battle of both nerves and fists. Continue reading Review: The Royale (Soulpepper)

Hamburger (Informal Upright Theatre Collective) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Poster featuring a likeness of Mina James in Hamburger

A commentary on workplace sexual politics, Hamburger started its life as a first draft created by Ciaran Myers at the Stratford Festival’s Playwrights Retreat. Now it is being produced by Informal Upright Theatre Collective and playing at The Hideout as part of the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival.

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