Saturday, 28 June 2014

9 Fringe Shows Ask for Your Bum in Their Seats

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tickets $12 no latecomers EVER!
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It's baaaack! The More the Merrier's Annual 5 Minute Fringe Showcase returns with 9 productions from the Toronto Fringe Festival telling you why you should spend your $12 to see their shows. Each show is given just 5 minutes to convince you that theirs is the show to see.

Click the video below to listen to the show. Show listing is by alpha order, not as you hear them on the video. Happy Fringing!



A SIMPLE TWIST OF FAITH
DESCRIPTION: Honour the start of the WWI Centennial with this musical inspired by a true story. In 1917, a Jewish American soldier in Germany enters a synagogue seeking solace from the terrors of war.

Kiever Synagogue, 25 Bellevue Ave.

July 02 at 07:00 PM   July 03 at 07:00 PM  July 04 at 01:00 PM
July 06 at 12:00 PM   July 07 at 07:00 PM  July 08 at 07:00 PM
July 09 at 02:00 PM   July 09 at 07:00 PM  July 10 at 01:00 PM
July 10 at 07:00 PM  July 11 at 01:00 PM   July 13 at 12:00 PM

Show length: 75min. Genre(s): Family, Musical   
Warnings: Audience Participation  harmonyoverwar.com


DREAMS OF SUMMER'S END
DESCRIPTION: Four people struggle along the string that holds life together. Sexuality follows every relationship, every lifelong decision, but what gets left behind?

Robert Gill Theatre, 214 College Street
July 02 at 10:30 PM  July 05 at 12:30 PM  July 06 at 11:00 PM
July 07 at 05:15 PM  July 09 at 07:45 PM
July 10 at 09:15 PM  July 11 at 04:30 PM
Show length: 60min. Genre(s): Drama


KOMUNKA
DESCRIPTION: An evening in a communal apartment in Moscow with seven Russians in real life conflicts around every day issues. Gays and homophobes, working class macho guys and intellectuals, women and men, they fight, drink, and talk about the Sochi Olympics, Putin, the Ukraine, and gays.

Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse, 79 St. George Street
July 03 at 07:00 PM  July 06 at 10:45 PM  July 07 at 03:15 PM
July 09 at 07:30 PM  July 11 at 03:30 PM 
July 12 at 12:00 PM  July 13 at 05:45 PM
Show length: 60min.  Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Warnings: Sexual Content, Mature Language  ruzhyev.wix.com/komunka


LOVE'S LABOURS LOST
DESCRIPTION: The King and his three gentlemen have sworn off women for three years of study, until the Princess and her three ladies come to the court… Will their vow be forsworn or will love overcome?

Victory Cafe, 581 Markham St.
July 03 at 07:00 PM  July 04 at 07:00 PM  July 05 at 09:00 PM
July 06 at 05:00 PM  July 08 at 07:00 PM  July 10 at 07:00 PM
July 11 at 07:00 PM  July 12 at 07:00 PM  July 13 at 05:00 PM
Show length: 90min. Genre(s): Comedy
Age range: 19+ shakespearebashd.com



ONLY HUMAN
DESCRIPTION: Highbräu presents a comedic exploration of the depths, heights, and square footage of humanity...Free cake not guaranteed.

Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace, 16 Ryerson Ave.
July 03 at 06:00 PM  July 05 at 01:30 PM  July 06 at 06:15 PM
July 08 at 06:45 PM  July 09 at 08:15 PM  July 10 at 09:45 PM
July 11 at 03:30 PM  July 12 at 01:00 PM   
Show length: 60min. Genre(s): Comedy, Sketch
Warnings: Mature Language  highbraucomedy.com



STRAPLESS
DESCRIPTION: Smart, sassy, sexy, sketch comedy performed by 4 of Vancouver’s best sketch comedians.


George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place
July 02 at 10:30 PM  July 05 at 07:00 PM  July 07 at 01:00 PM
July 08 at 06:30 PM  July 10 at 12:00 PM
July 11 at 09:15 PM  July 12 at 05:45 PM
Show length: 75min. Genre(s): Comedy, Sketch
Warnings: Sexual Content, Mature Language straplesscomedy.com


THE ART OF TRADITIONAL HEAD-TYING
DESCRIPTION: What and where is home?
“If the values, people, and traditions of the place I call home have changed, where is my home now?”

St. Vlad's Theatre, 620 Spadina Ave.
July 02 at 08:45 PM  July 05 at 02:15 PM  July 07 at 03:00 PM
July 09 at 07:45 PM  July 11 at 02:15 PM
July 12 at 12:00 PM  July 13 at 09:00 PM
Show length: 60min. Genre(s): Drama
Warnings: Sexual Content, Mature Language artoftraditional.com


TRUE
DESCRIPTION:
“Forget it”
“But it happened”
“Unhappen it”
“What does that even mean – “
“You’re at the fountain but this time you get directions”
“But that’s not true”
“What’s true?”

Citizenry, 982 Queen Street W
July 02 at 08:30 PM  July 03 at 08:30 PM  July 04 at 08:30 PM
July 05 at 08:30 PM  July 06 at 08:30 PM  July 08 at 08:30 PM
July 09 at 08:30 PM  July 10 at 08:30 PM  July 11 at 08:30 PM
July 12 at 08:30 PM
Show length: 75min.  Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Warnings: Mature Language criminaltheatre.com


VECTORS OF THEIR INTEREST
DESCRIPTION: Inside a Victorian house rented online for the night, the three young recessionistas of Viragon Capital Group and their thoroughly male, thoroughly unpaid intern search through their host’s effects looking for new, perverse business opportunities.

106 Albany Ave, 106 Albany Ave
July 02 at 07:00 PM  July 03 at 07:00 PM  July 04 at 07:00 PM
July 05 at 07:00 PM  July 07 at 07:00 PM  July 08 at 07:00 PM
July 09 at 07:00 PM  July 10 at 07:00 PM  July 11 at 07:00 PM
July 12 at 07:00 PM  July 13 at 07:00 PM
Show length: 85min.  Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Warnings: Sexual Content, Mature Language  surplusvaluetheatre.com

Have a listen: 



Tuesday, 3 June 2014

TMTM Book Club Selection: "Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter" by Alison Wearing

Photo Credit: http://www.alisonwearing.com/
With Toronto hosting World Pride 2014, I thought it would be fitting to choose an LGBTT book for our next read. The book that immediately came to mind was Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter by Alison Wearing. I had first heard about the book on The Agenda. I managed to catch the last part of Steve Pakin's interview with the author and mentally placed the book on my To Read List.  Unlike other books that I have selected for the TMTM Book Club, I haven't read it in advance, so I will be reading along with you. Please email me should you wish to take part in the on air discussion.

Our on-air discussion of the book will take place in July (date TBC soon). As with other selections, this book is available through the Toronto Public Library (e-book and traditional p-book), but if you can, please support this Canadian author by purchasing the book. Happy Reading! -dg