The thing I enjoyed the most about Remember, Maggie? is that extraordinary mother-son writing duo Carol Anne and Matt Murray did not feel obliged to tie off all the loose ends at the show’s conclusion.
Remember, Maggie? was a lot like real relationships: painful, funny, unresolved, disquieting and beautiful. In this performance, a sister learns that loving someone does not make them a good person, and that a blood connection does not a sister make. Continue reading Remember, Maggy? (Maggy Productions) 2011 Toronto Fringe Review
A recently widowed Bubby and a mystical young man meet ostensibly by chance in a tulip garden. His mysterious connection to the flowers helps to ease her grief and their instantaneous connection eases her weariness with the onerous imposition of familial obligations at the shiva.
Continue reading Through the Tulips (Branch Out Theatre) 2011 Toronto Fringe Review
Grandma Word (Diane L. Johnstone) greets you at the door with cookies and a dish of gossip. I am inclined to give any production that begins by feeding me cookies a warm reception (I really love cookies).
I have to confess though, one-handers have always been a tough sell for me. There are notable exceptions of course (d’bi.young’s Dora award winning performance comes to mind) but in general, I think holding an audience’s attention all by your lonesome for an hour is an ambitious undertaking.
Continue reading Desperate Church Wives (Under the Blood Productions) 2011 Toronto Fringe Review
What is the difference between love and attachment? I’m sure neither Mona (Sarah Tilley) nor Rita (Ruth Lawrence) would purport to be able to answer that old chestnut, but they certainly take you through a very visceral, relatable emotional journey while contemplating the question.
In MonaRita two women, beset by various social and emotional pitfalls, learn to lean on each other in way that eludes the concept of boundaries. The crayon-bedecked flyers distributed at the end of the show announce that the show is particularly suited to moms. I would say that it is less well suited to those considering becoming moms.
Continue reading MonaRita (White Rooster Theatre) 2011 Toronto Fringe Review
The first thing you need to know about I Spy is that the show is happening outdoors, on the courtyard beside Central Tech High School, NOT anywhere inside Central Tech. If you ask anyone within Central Tech where the show might be located, you will likely find yourself explaining the concept of the Fringe Festival to a bemused high school student.
Location is key with this production since the site was chosen before the cast; and before the show was “written” actually. Perhaps “crystalized” would be a more appropriate word.
Continue reading I Spy (Urban Jungle Theatre) 2011 Toronto Fringe Review