Toronto Theatre

All aboard the Rukmini’s Gold train, stopping now at the Hamilton Fringe Festival. Their next stop? Perhaps a tune-up at the train yard is in order. Radha S. Menon’s play, winner of the 2015 Toronto Fringe New Play Contest, is playing at Mills Hardware this summer in Hamilton. Presented by Red Betty Theatre and directe…

“This story is not going to be real, but it’s going to be really felt,” Ravi Jain, Artistic Director of Why Not Theatre, says in a hokey Indian accent, imitating his grandfather. Dropping the accent Jain goes on, “Stories help us discover our future, and connect us to our past.” Gimme Shelter, playing at the Young Cent…

It’s tea time at the Toronto Fringe Festival and James and Jamesy are serving up a delight! High Tea, playing at the Randolph Theatre, features the Vancouver-based clown duo in a zany, imaginative, and fun-filled adventure quite unlike any other tea party. An unlikely pair, the even-keeled and quiet James (Aaron Malkin…

When I first heard that Robert Lepage had written, directed, and would perform a one-person show for the PANAMANIA Festival about his life growing up in Québec, the first word that came to my mind was – dare I say it? – indulgent. “An entire show about Lepage, by Lepage?” I thought to myself. “Should I buy a biography…

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: While reading this, eat a bag of Cheetos (or other cheese-flavoured crunchy junk food). If you disagree with a point made in the critique, feel free to throw food at the screen, or partake in the eternally delightful comedy classic spit-take. The immature Morro (Heather Marie Annis) and the matu…

FRINGE AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: When I tell you, find a nearby object– it doesn’t need to be significant— and hold on to it. If you’re reading this on-the-go, please do not grab a stranger or their belongings. Okay, go ahead. I’ll wait. (Musical interlude). Are you holding onto your object? I hope you are. Examine it. G…

A note from Hayley: We have a new face at DARTcritics! Evan Bawtinheimer is a recent graduate of the Dramatic Arts Department at Brock University, and an avid theatre goer (if you live in Toronto and dig theatre, then you’ve probably seen him and heard his laugh). Evan is in the interesting position of a) being a DART…

Three years ago, my friend and occasional director Keavy Lynch, artistic director at Empty Box Theatre Company, texted me saying she needed actors for a directing class assignment, and that she had “dibsed” me. That was my first encounter with the world of Waiting For Alonzo and my character, Bielke. It was a different…

“It’s a fine line between tantalizing and torture”. Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play dances maniacally along this fine line, giving audiences a chance to see what the scraps of our collective cultural phenomena will become. Separated into three acts, Mr. Burns is fragmented and futuristic, an homage to its source materi…

Buddies in Bad Times conjures up a gripping depiction of rural Canada, enthralling audiences in its production of Tom at The Farm by critically acclaimed Québécois playwright Michel Marc Bouchard. In this first English translation by Linda Gaboriau, Tom (Jeff Lillico) visits his late lover’s rural family, introducing h…