All posts by Mike Anderson

Mike was that kid who walked into the high school stage crew booth, saw the lighting board, and went ooooooooooooh. Now that he’s (mostly) all grown up, Mike keeps his foot in the door as a community-theatre producer, stage manager and administrator. In the audience, he’s a tremendous sucker for satire and parody, for improvisational and sketch-driven comedy, for farce and pantomime, and for cabaret of all types. His happiest Toronto theatrical memory is (re) Birth: E. E. Cummings in Song.

In Waking Life (Spicy Day) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of actors In Waking Life

Hello, my new friend! Would you be interested in an exciting new book club? Because I have got good news for you, my friend! In Waking Life (playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival) is definitely an exciting new book club, and definitely not a hilarious and memorable group seance with two of the best mediums you’ll ever meet. What’s more, it is one of the very best book clubs you’ll see at the festival! Do not miss it, for their finger sandwiches are unforgettable!

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Moving On (Stone Bay Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Cast Photo for "Moving On" at the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival

Moving On (playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival) is an economical farce. All the traditional pieces are there: slamming doors, scantily-dressed women, physical peril, and class parody. But with just four actors, two hiding places, one unfortunate plant, and 90 minutes to let it all percolate, well… let’s just say that all four performers have a lot of limes in the air.

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The Resistance Improvised (Kicks and Giggles Entertainment) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Promo art for "The Resistance Improvised"

In The Resistance Improvised (playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival), six characters attempt to overthrow a tyrannical government through sabotage. The “resistance” will scheme, share intelligence, and attempt up to five missions, all improvised by a slate of CBC-online-content-famous comedians. But there’s a catch: two members of the resistance are double agents, and will do all they can to wreck the operation from within. Will the resistance succeed, or will this betrayal prove fatal?

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Escape from Shady Acres (Morgan Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Colleen Simm, Martha Breen, and Corinne Sutton-Smith in "Escape from Shady Acres" by Chloe Ings.

In Escape from Shady Acres (playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival), three seniors find common cause in busting out of their tyrannical old folks’ home.

Bernice (Colleen Simm) and Dolores (Corinne Sutton-Smith) are Stockholm Syndrome-y lifers, amusing themselves by imagining gentlemen callers and rehearsing for tomorrow’s YouTube show. When new arrival Shirley (Martha Breen) blows into town, the three begin scheming — but overseer Alistair (Tyler Morgan, who also wrote the script) is no pushover, and escape will not come easily.

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The Commandment (Simple Truth Theatre) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Phil Rickaby in "The Commandment"

In The Commandment (playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival), God’s unhappiest prophet (Phil Rickaby) breaks into Open Mic Night to explain how he got into this situation, and bequeath unto us the latest and greatest word of the Lord. The result is somewhere along the Adams-Gaiman-Gorey spectrum, exploring what it even means to be a prophet in the modern era — and the unique duties it imposes upon an atheist.

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Sidney Needs A Kidney (Little Fish Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Poster image for "Sidney Needs A Kidney"

In Sidney Needs a Kidney (playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival), a nice young suburban couple have come to the end of the road. The spoiler’s in the title: Sidney needs a kidney, and so far they’re coming up dry. But they have a plan involving a dinner party, her sister’s boyfriend, and an unconventional method of persuasion.

Remember, it’s all for a good cause, so they’re good people. No matter what.

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Great Lakes 5 (Low Fidelity Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Scott Goldman, Andrew Haggith, Bridget Cann, Matt Nadeau, Laura Ramoso in Great Lakes 5 by Paul Aihoshi

Great Lakes 5 (running at the Toronto Fringe Festival) is an improv show set in the heist universe: the ringleader’s fresh out of jail, and he’s getting the old gang back together for one final job. The people, target and objective, are all up to you, so come ready: the fate of the greater Golden Horseshoe area is in the audience’s hands!

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Pack Animals (Scantily Glad Theatre) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Pack AnimalsIn Pack Animals (playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival), an unlikely pair of scouts get cut off from Camp Oyster Bay, and have to rely on each other (and the magic of the forest!) to make it out alive. But it’s not as dark as it sounds: sit by the campfire, eat some snacks, sing some songs, and put those merit badges to good use.

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