Toronto Theatre Reviews

Giant Invisible Robot – Ten Foot Pole Productions “Show Us Yours” Series

By Kathy Morgan

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Before attending the “Show Us Yours” Series playing at the Lower Ossington Theatre I was quite hopeful.  Having seen a number of exemplary fringe shows, an evening of the best of the fringe circuit seemed to have a lot of potential.  I started with Ten Foot Pole Productions’ Giant Invisible Robot.

Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed. 

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The Cleansing of Constance Brown – WorldStage at Harbourfront

By Olya Ryabets

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The Cleansing of Constance Brown is the last show of this year’s World Stage Festival at the Harbourfront Centre. It’s created and performed by the members of the experimental British company Stan’s Cafe and is well worth seeing. The company tells us that the performance “has been made with love” and it shows.

This is one of those shows you should rush out and get tickets for this minute, because not only is it a VERY short run – the show closes May 9th – but there is only room for 35 audience members per show.

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Black Mothers Don’t Say I Love You – CrossCurrents

By Megan Mooney

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CrossCurrents, which plays at Factory Theatre, gives an audience an opportunity to glimpse what they rarely – the process of building a play.  I love having that opportunity. 

Obviously it doesn’t take too much to get me excited about theatre, but CrossCurrents gets me *very* excited about theatre.  But I should get onto the specific show, perhaps I’ll find some time during a baby-nap to write about CrossCurrents later.

Now let me talk about my experience with trey anthony’s Black Mothers Don’t Say I Love You.

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I, Claudia – Crow’s Theatre

By Kathy Morgan

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I strongly recommend that anyone who has ever in their life been a girl aged 12 and three quarters, or been in contact with one, should immediately purchase tickets the Crow’s Theatre production of I, Claudia, currently onstage at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. 

Purchase as many tickets as you can, and then force all of you friends to do the same.  Then pick up random people off the street and drag them to the show along with you.  Suffice it to say, this show was amazing.  Unbelievable.  Spectacular.  Heartbreaking, hi-larious, and utterly, utterly exquisite.

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Pobby and Dingan – Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People

by Kathy Morgan

I will be the first to admit that I was feeling a little jaded, and perhaps a little patronizing, as I headed into Pobby and Dingan at Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People (LKTYP).  The show is aimed at 9-16 year olds and titled after a little girl’s two imaginary friends, but the show won me over.  For the sake of journalistic integrity, I’ll admit that my cheeks were a little damp by the final curtain.

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Hardsell – Rick Miller at The Canadian Stage Company

By Megan Mooney

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Rick Miller and Daniel Brooks are behind what is arguably my favourite theatre piece of all time – Bigger Than Jesus. So, as you can imagine, I was all a tingle when I saw that there was another collaboration between these two in the Canadian Stage Company 08/09 season – HARDSELL.

So, was my excitement warranted? Well, to quote Rick Miller, playing Arnie, playing Rick – “It’s not what I expected”.

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0% Down, 100% Screwed

by Dana Lacey

The Second City’s “0% Down, 100% Screwed” opens with a chain gang of ex-Bay Streeters chipping imaginary bricks with imaginary picks. They sing under the watch of a shotgun-slinging guard, blaming their woes on the ultimate scapegoat: The Crisis. Ya know, The Crisis, the recession, the mediocre depression…whatever you want to call that vague and terrifying event the media keeps promising will steal our jobs and homes. It sets the tone for the rest of the evening, which is a mash-up of short scenes about politics, economics and that guy who always asks to see your gas bill (tip: he doesn’t work for your gas company.)
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Matchmaker, Matchmaker (Listing for Blind Date at Harbourfront)

from the keyboard of: Alex Rayment

So in case you don’t know, I loves the improvs. When I heard that Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage was putting on an improv show, I had to check it out…but unfourtunately it hasn’t happened yet which is why I’m writing this preview.

You, oh readers of the interwebs, have won the glorious chance to be my date(s) to an improv show about someone else’s date and it will only cost you $25. Blind Date is about a woman, played by the brilliant Rebecca Northan, who gets stood up and is forced to turn to the audience to find someone brave and willing to fill the empty void at the table and in her heart.

In case I haven’t mentioned this, she and her randomly chosen audience member (maybe you) are making this up as they go along. I think it sounds like a blast and wouldn’t miss it for the world. The show has a limited run of five nights and opens Tuesday March 3rd, so if you’re as interested as I am – get on your horse and book some tickets.

– Show runs March 3-7 at the Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West)
– Doors are at 7pm, show at 8 pm.
– Tickets are $25 and can be bought online (www.harbourfrontcentre.com) or via phone -416 973 4000