All posts by Lin Young

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.

Angels & Aliens – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

“Explore the secrets of life, the universe, and awkward sex in this brand new supernatural comedy.”

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Excerpt from press release:

Ever looked up into the sky and wondered, who’s running things? Are a host of angels looking down upon us from some silver city in the heavens? Is a race of technologically advanced aliens secretly pulling the strings hidden away in the shadows? Was the whole universe brought into existence in a smartphone app downloaded by two room mates desperately trying to not address their feelings the morning after an unanticipated sexual experience? The short answer: yes. Explore the secrets of life, the universe, and awkward sex in this brand new supernatural comedy.

Showtimes:

June 29th at 7:00 PM
July 1st at 4:00 PM
July 2nd at 12:30 PM
July 4th at 11:00 PM
July 6th at 5:45 PM
July 7th at 1:45 PM
July 9th at 5:15 PM

Venue: Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace

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.

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ECHOES: A New Musical – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

“[T]hree stories of love, loss, and devastation … set during the American Civil War, World War I and World War II”

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Excerpt from press release:

ECHOES: A New Musical is pleased to announce the addition of new cast members JEFF MADDEN (Jersey Boys, Forever Plaid) and MARISA MCINTYRE (Mamma Mia, Les Miserables) to its upcoming Toronto Fringe production.

ECHOES is three stories of love, loss, and devastation. These stories are set during the American Civil War, World War I and World War II, respectively. Although separated by time and space, ECHOES shows how all three stories are forever connected. Madden will be performing the featured role of “The Postman” who weaves through and connects all three storylines, and McIntyre will be playing the role of “Fiancée” – the fiancée of a WWI French Captain struggling with her life on the home-front.

ECHOES will be performed at Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church (427 Bloor Street West, Toronto). It opens on Wed June 29, and plays Thurs June 30, Sat July 2, Thurs July 7, Fri July 8, Sat July 9, all performances at 8:00pm. Media are welcome to attend all performances.

JEFF MADDEN is best known for starring as “Frankie Valli” in the hit musical Jersey Boys, winning the Dora Award for ‘Outstanding Performance in a Musical’. After the two year run in Toronto, he later starred in the Australian production for 15-months. Most recently, Jeff played “Jinx” in Forever Plaid (Starvox/Mirvish). Other credits include: I Love You Because (Angelwalk Theatre – Dora nomination), Dani Girl (Talk is Free Theatre); and The Dinner (Toronto Fringe). Previously, Jeff acted in numerous plays and musicals at the Shaw Festival, where he was an ensemble member for eight seasons. Jeff has also appeared in TV’s Murdoch Mysteries and Mayday.

MARISA MCINTYRE is most recognized on TV for her appearance on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria (CBC), where she finished top four. A Dora Award nominated actress, Marisa has been performing most of her life. She became the youngest actress to take on the role of ‘Sophie’ in Mamma Mia (Mirvish), a part she played for 2-1/2 years. Other credits include: The Music Man (Stratford Festival); the world premiere of Bittergirl: The Musical (Charlottetown Festival); The 39 Steps (Neptune Theatre); Company (Theatre20 – Dora nomination); 25th Anniversary production of Les Miserables (Mirvish); Rob Ford the Musical (Factory Theatre); ‘Roxie Hart’ in CHICAGO (Calgary Critics Award for Best Actress in a Musical).

Showtimes:

Wed June 29 8:00pm
 Thurs June 30 8:00pm
Sat July 2 8:00pm
Thurs July 7 8:00pm
Fri July 8 8:00pm
Sat July 9 8:00pm

Venue: Site Specific — Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St. West

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: NICKESHIA GARRICK and KYLE HOLT BROWN PHOTOGRAPHER: RYAN REANEY

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Dance Animal: Toronto – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

Dance Animal: Toronto sees a group of Toronto misfits from all walks of life, each being recruited by the mysterious Dance Tiger to join Dance Animal’s Toronto Tribe”

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Excerpt from press release:

Robin Henderson and Derrick Chua are thrilled to announce DANCE ANIMAL: TORONTO’s cast and Animals, premiering at the Toronto Fringe Festival, June 29 to July 10, 2016, Tarragon Theatre Mainspace. The opening performance is on Weds June 29 at 7:00 pm. Then Fri July 1 at 10:30 pm; Sun July 3 at 5:15 pm; Mon July 4 at 1:00 pm; Thurs July 7 at 11:00 pm; Fri July 8 at 9:30 pm; Sun July 10 at 12:00 noon. Media is welcome at all performances.

Dance Animal: Toronto is: Guy Bradford (Dance Crab), Robin Henderson (Dance Tiger), Kat Letwin (Dance Raccoon), Michael MacEachern (Dance Shetland Pony), Allison Price (Dance Gull), Kevin Vidal (Dance Octopus), Leighton Williams (Dance Peacock) and Carol Zoccoli (Dance Capybara). The understudies are Simon McCamus (Dance Jack-Rabbit) and Vanessa Salazar (Dance Alligator).

Dance Animal: Toronto sees a group of Toronto misfits from all walks of life, each being recruited by the mysterious Dance Tiger to join Dance Animal’s Toronto Tribe. As each Animal shares their story with the audience, we discover how their lives have changed for the better, now that they have met their ultimate Tribe, and realized their true calling: to express themselves through DANCE. Dance Animal: Toronto is a love-letter to, and reflection of a city, Toronto. It is inspired by present-day Toronto’s pop culture, music, sports, politics and more. Dance Animal: Toronto’s sketches are written by Canadian Comedy Award nominee Anders Yates. Monologues are written by the Animals and dramaturged by Robin Henderson. The show is directed and choreographed by Robin Henderson.

Showtimes:

Weds June 29 at 7:00 pm
Fri July 1 at 10:30 pm
Sun July 3 at 5:15 pm
Mon July 4 at 1:00 pm
Thurs July 7 at 11:00 pm
Fri July 8 at 9:30 pm
Sun July 10 at 12:00 noon

Venue: Tarragon Mainspace

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 (L to R): Robin Henderson, Leighton Williams, Kat Letwin. All photos by Katherine Fogler Photography

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Cheap Theatre in Toronto the Week of June 13th

Five Shows Under $25 in Toronto this Week

It’s festival season in the city, and we have more than a few running this week, from Pride to Luminato! Here’s a sampling of the various festivals going on in the city this week–from puppets to cabarets! Check them out under the cut, and remember, to be included on this list, the price of a ticket has to be under 25 dollars! Continue reading Cheap Theatre in Toronto the Week of June 13th