All posts by Deanne Kearney

Review: The Roaring 20’s (Lunacy Cabaret)

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An enthusiastic hat’s off to the most politically correct dirty cabaret show no one’s heard of

A silly, yet snarky, and a little bit dirty, night of flappers, hula hoop artist, pantomime performers and much, much more, The Lunacy Cabaret presented The Roaring 20’s to a lively crowd at the Opera House on January 18th.

The Lunacy Cabaret presents professional circus artists, clowns and comedians in a night where they can cut loose from constraints of stuffy corporate gigs and show what they want to a spirited crowd of friends and fans. Continue reading Review: The Roaring 20’s (Lunacy Cabaret)

Winter of 88 (Nowadays Theatre) 2020 Next Stage Review

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Timely. Tragic. Powerful.

With the Iranian plane crash in the headlines and tense US-Iran relations in the news, I knew it was going to be a tough night with a timely work.

Winter of 88, presented by Nowadays Theatre and part of the Next Stage 2020 festival, follows the faces and families behind the eight-year war between Iran and Iraq from 1980 to 1988.

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Review: The Nutcracker (Toronto International Ballet Theatre)

Nutcracker (International ballet theatre)The Nutcracker arrives in Toronto for the Holiday Season!

It’s Nutcracker time! Performed every holiday season without fail it is the world’s most popular ballet, with many different adaptations (or lack thereof) about the magical toy.

Toronto International Ballet Theatre was back with stars of the Bolshoi Ballet, Anastasia Stashkevich and Vyacheslav Lopatin, at Meridian Hall.  Presenting a traditional take on the ballet, this performance features over fifty dancers of all ages, dazzling costuming, delectable set design and, of course, delightful dancing. The company has been performing The Nutcracker each year since 2008 and is the only one to show the original Russian story in Toronto.

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Overview: Impulse 2019 (School of Toronto Dance Theatre)

Student showcase offers a wide variety of dance pieces, now on stage in Toronto

The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (STDT) presents IMPULSE 2019 at the Winchester Street Theatre, showcasing work from all three years of their professional training program. Celebrating fifty years of dance education, the modern/contemporary conservatory program produces some of Canada’s top performers.

Since it’s a student showcase we’re not offering a traditional review, but instead an overview of the piece. Giving you a flavour of what to expect.

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