No doubt we’ve all been in that situation where someone sitting at a table near us is talking so loudly that we can’t help but listen to what they are saying. Table 7 – A Plays in Cafes Creation by Shadowpath takes that experience a step further with audiences in this site-specific piece playing at Paintbox Bistro at the Toronto Fringe Festival.
The Toronto Fringe Festival website indicates that every performance of The ADHD Project by Squirrel Suit Productions is a relaxed performance. Technically what that means is that the audience can come and go during the show if they need to, the house lights stay on, and there are no loud sound cues. But more than that, the whole thing feels immediately relaxed and welcoming from the moment writer/performer Carlyn Rhamey walks on stage.
As I took my seat for GoodSide Productions‘ Old-ish in theToronto Fringe Festival at Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace, I was struck with two thoughts. First, “Oh yeah, heat rises, this might not have been the best seat to choose” and second, “This generally a much older demographic than most Fringe audiences.” I hope the latter changes over the course of the festival because Susan Freedman has an interesting story to tell, and its interest isn’t limited by age.
I didn’t really know what to expect from Kerploding Theatre’s Gremlin Hour playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival KidsFest. The description was pretty vague. I knew it was Gremlins seeking help at a meeting of Gremlins – that’s us, the audience – and there would be no spooking.
From Press Release
A NEW musical. Theatre for kids by kids. A political satire at the Toronto Fringe KidsFest…
Radioactive Spyder was developed this past year by TDSB music teacher Deborah Adelman, in collaboration with her Equinox Holistic Alternative School students, as a reflection on the current contentious political world. This postmodern musical comedy is set to a lively Cuban beat in a swamp filled with colourful animal characters.
Presented by a local cast of talented young Toronto performers ages 10-15 years old. Audiences will discover how these animal friends cope with species extinction, money, media addiction, power, global warming and climate change. Comedy, dance and toe-tapping original music provide a lighthearted backdrop to this entertaining show for the whole family.
Radioactive Spyder is thirsty for power and fame. Determined to become the Master of the Universe. Protozoa, a 14 billion-year-old single-celled being, guides Radioactive Spyder on a quest for political glory. Protozoa shows Radioactive Spyder what the universe has to gain or lose based on Spyder’s actions. Will Radioactive Spyder choose power and fame, or decided to make the swamp a better place for all animals?
Script and lyrics by Deborah Adelrman. Original music by Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne. Radioactive Spyder features an original song by Sarah Slean dedicated to the next generation — The Day We Saved the World.
Production directed by Rae-Anna Maitland. Musical directors are Kristen Zaza and Carissa Neufeld.
General Admission: $5/child & $10/adult Tickets: www.fringetoronto.com | 416-966-1062 | Theatre Front Door (Cash Only) Please note that there is absolutely no latecomer seating. Theatre: George Ignatia Theatre, 15 Devonshire Pl, Toronto Show Dates: July 4th 2:45 pm, July 6th 4:45 pm, July 8th 11:30 am, July 9th 4:00 pm, July 11th 12:45 pm, July 12th 2:15 pm, July 14th 2:30 pm.