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Lin Young is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Queen’s University by day, an insatiable theatre-goer by night. She truly loves seeing innovative indie theatre, the strange sort of hole-in-the-wall shows that big companies would never take a risk on. She’s seen plays in basements, gardens, bars, and in old dilapidated houses, to name a few. She’s always on the lookout for the next theatrical experiment in the city, and loves seeing shows that have some quality of fantasy, historicity, or strangeness to them – especially if they involve puppets! She tweets about theatre, comics and the 19th century at @linkeepsitreal.

A Bitter Shrew – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

13235241_10100810800651739_209698681711985792_o“[A] brand new hour of hilarious true stories that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats and howling with laughter”


From press release:

Fresh from a stellar debut run at the Montreal Fringe, and winning the Weekly Highly Commended Award for Best Comedy at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival, Gillian English and The Theatre Elusive are so excited to finally play the Toronto Fringe for the first time with a brand new solo storytelling show!

In 2010, Gillian English almost married someone she didn’t love, just because she was afraid to

admit that she had made a mistake. In the six years that followed, making mistakes about love and lust have been the only constants in an otherwise uncertain life.

An endless stream of bizarre and ridiculous romantic disappointments have left the celebrated, and award winning storyteller with a brand new hour of hilarious true stories that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats and howling with laughter!

“A laugh-out-loud hilarious storytelling adventure” – CultMTL

She has farted herself awake in a stranger’s bed, taken a pregnancy test in a food court bathroom, and watched her 26 year old ex-boyfriend almost die of a heart attack.

Show times:

June 29th at 8:15 PM
July 1st at 10:00 PM
July 2nd at 6:45 PM
July 3rd at 2:45 PM
July 4th at 9:15 PM
July 6th at 4:45 PM
July 7th at 6:15 PM
July 10th at 2:15 PM

Venue: Tarragon Theatre Solo Room

Details:

  • Tickets for all Fringe productions are $10, $12 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone (416-966-1062, business hours only), in-person from the festival box office located in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s, (581 Bloor West), or — if any remain — from the venue box office (cash-only), starting one hour before showtime.
  • The festival offers a range of money-saving passes for committed Fringers; see website for details.
  • Be advised that Fringe shows always start exactly on time, and latecomers are never admitted.

Cheap Theatre in Toronto the Week of June 20th

Five Shows Under $25 in Toronto this Week

This week, it’s about variety: we’ve got some Pride picks, some plays about self-exploration, Shakespeare mash-ups and improv comedies involving playing cards. The best way to showcase the diverse theatre scene in the city is to give you a little bit of everything–and to do it for the affordable price of free! (Okay, only two are free, but the rest are under 25 dollars). Check ’em out under the cut! Continue reading Cheap Theatre in Toronto the Week of June 20th

Playlistings in Toronto for the Week of June 20th

Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of June 20th

The Fringe Festival is right around the corner, but there are plenty of great shows opening in the city this week to whet your appetite! This week, the new picks tend to favour less traditional fare and more open mics, mash-ups and unique cabarets. It’s Wayne’s turn this week to select his particular picks in the customary red text!

Continue reading Playlistings in Toronto for the Week of June 20th

Getting Odd — Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

“Stock up on board games and trail mix- this is one hell of a camping trip.allison_harris_and_holly_wyder_3

Excerpt from press release:

What would it take for you to crack? Having run away from her public shaming three years ago Poppy (Holly Wyder) receives an unexpected visitor, a woman named Amy (Allison Harris), who just might have some unfinished business of her own. With only a rat named Mr. Bohemia to keep them company the two women are trapped in an abandoned cabin in the woods by an impending thunderstorm. Throughout this fast paced physical piece we find the real storm is happening underneath the roof.

Two talented comediennes (from the Second City Conservatory [in the show National Demographic] and Rhythm and Burgundy [A musical comedy duo recently seen at shedot Festival]) combine their talents in this dark comedy, full of twists and turns. Stock up on board games and trail mix- this is one hell of a camping trip.

Showtimes:

Thursday June 30th, 10PM
Saturday July 2nd, 9:15PM
Monday July 4th, 1:15PM
Tuesday July 5th, 4:45PM
Thursday July 7th, 9:45PM
Friday July 8th, 12:00PM
Saturday July 9th, 4PM

Venue: Factory Theatre Studio

  • Tickets for all Fringe productions are $10, $12 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone (416-966-1062, business hours only), in-person from the festival box office located in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s, (581 Bloor West), or — if any remain — from the venue box office (cash-only), starting one hour before showtime.
  • The festival offers a range of money-saving passes for committed Fringers; see website for details.
  • Be advised that Fringe shows always start exactly on time, and latecomers are never admitted.

Photo LEFT TO RIGHT: Holly Wyder, Allison Harris. Photographer: Romeo Lingaolingao.

Folk Lordz: Warriors & Fools

“Ben Gorodetsky and Todd Houseman bring Indigenous oral history and Jewish literature together to create a rich tapestry of hilarious and heartfelt improv ”
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Excerpt from press release:

Reaching deep into their very different heritages, Ben Gorodetsky and Todd Houseman bring Indigenous oral history and Jewish literature together to create a rich tapestry of hilarious and heartfelt improv at the Toronto Fringe!

After a successful run at last year’s fringe (“Magic” ★★★1/2, TWISI Theatre ’15) and appearances at the Vancouver International Improv festival and Toronto’s Combustion festival (“Superb”, Glen Sumi of Now Magazine), the Folk Lordz are ready to give Toronto a brand new taste of their high-octane, multi-cultural improvisation!

“This year we’re showcasing two brand new storytelling styles: Cree-Blackfoot warrior stories and Yiddish fool’s tales” Todd Houseman says. “With support from the Edmonton Arts Council’s Cultural Diversity in the Arts award we were able to immerse ourselves in primary sources and develop a dynamic and authentic improv framework. We dissected the Indigenous oral histories of the horse wars between the Blackfoot Confederacy and the plains Cree to create a thoughtful and striking tribute to real Indigenous history. As well, in paying homage to Ben’s ancestral language and cultural as a European Jew, we read the writings of Yiddish writers Shalom Aleichem, Issac Beshevis Singer, and Solomon Simon. Out of this we’ve crafted a hilarious style of improvised comedy based on the hijinks of Jewish fools”


The Recipe:

Take one part Cree-Blackfoot war story from the Indigenous, oral history.

Add one part Jewish fool’s tale inspired by Yiddish literature.

Stir in one part brand new genre – chosen by the audience at each show!

Bake for 60 minutes in a sweaty Fringe venue to create a fast, furious, and folksy improv show like you’ve never seen before!

Showtimes:

July 1st at 3:00 PM
July 3rd at 6:30 PM
July 5th at 10:30 PM
July 6th at 5:45 PM
July 7th at 11:30 PM
July 8th at 7:00 PM
July 9th at 12:30 PM

Venue: Factory Theatre Studio

  • Tickets for all Fringe productions are $10, $12 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone (416-966-1062, business hours only), in-person from the festival box office located in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s, (581 Bloor West), or — if any remain — from the venue box office (cash-only), starting one hour before showtime.
  • The festival offers a range of money-saving passes for committed Fringers; see website for details.
  • Be advised that Fringe shows always start exactly on time, and latecomers are never admitted.

Photo provided by the company.