Review: My Treasure Island!!! (Johnson Girls)

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My Treasure Island!!!, presented by Johnson Girls, is unapologetically hilarious theatre

On Wednesday night, I stepped out of the cold and into a production of My Treasure Island!!! at the Theatre Passe Muraille backspace. Presented by Johnson Girls with the support of Passe Muraille, this show is an adaptation of a book – Sara Levine’s Treasure Island!!! – about a woman’s obsession with a book – Robert Louis Stevenson’s exclamation mark-free classic Treasure Island. It takes the audience on a fun adventure and offers some gasps and laughs along the way.

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Review: Drink with Death: a morbid cabaret (Romana Soutus and Christopher Weatherstone)

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Drink With Death: a morbid cabaret brings the songs of the dead to Cameron House in Toronto

When the dead decide to have a drink with the living, it quickly turns to revealing personal truths in song. Or at least it does in Drink with Death: a morbid cabaret, presented by Romana Soutus and Christopher Weatherstone.

And what songs they are.

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Review: The Skriker (Red One Theatre Collective/Theatre Brouhaha)

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Red One Theatre Collective brings The Skriker to fantastical life at the Storefront Theatre in Toronto

If you go down to the Storefront this week (or next), you’re in for a big surprise. If you go down to the theatre this week, you’d better go in disguise! For every creature that ever there was has gathered there for certain because… Red One Theatre Collective has brought to life—vibrant, haunting life!—Caryl Churchill’s fantastical play The Skriker.

My date and I were blown away by this production. “I think that was the best thing I’ve ever seen!” she told me as we walked away from the theatre, our eyes sparkling. I nodded enthusiastically, my heart still pounding in my chest, my mind reeling. Continue reading Review: The Skriker (Red One Theatre Collective/Theatre Brouhaha)

Review: Cream of Comedy 2014 (Tim Sims Encouragement Fund)

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The Second City presented the Cream of Comedy showcase featuring up and coming Toronto comedians

I had the pleasure of attending the 19th annual Cream of Comedy showcase last night at Toronto’s Second City. This night is a little different from other Second City shows, not in terms of the fantastic talent’s ability to make you laugh, but because it’s an annual juried competition that recognizes and encourages up and coming comedic talent in our city. There is a cash prize of $5,000 for the winner. Last night was hosted by Jeff McEnery featured five acts: four comics and an improv group. I’m happy to say that nothing about the night felt amateurish. Everyone on stage was confident, there was no fumbling or second guessing which I was rather impressed by. Continue reading Review: Cream of Comedy 2014 (Tim Sims Encouragement Fund)

Cheap Theatre for the Week of October 28th, 2014

Well, the mayoral election is over. And whether or not you’re entirely happy with the results, now we can focus on more important things – like Halloween! In between planning your costume, and figuring out where you’d like to spend the evening (or if you’d like to spend the evening watching scary movies and eating candy at home), it’s worth noting that lots of Halloween-themed theatre will be going on in the city this week. Here’s a list of five spooky shows with tickets costing no more than $25 each. Enjoy, and Happy Halloween!

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