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Review Round Up: Toronto Fringe 2014

Submitted by Elaine O'Neal on 7/8/2014


OUR STUDENTS

Trojan Women

featuring the Class of 2014 - Winter

Now: NNNN Read the review

Mooney on Theatre: “a highly commendable performance” and “worth checking out” Read the review

Ontario Arts Review: "The Randolph Academy’s entry takes the famous Greek tragedy to a new level...From direction, to lighting & sound; to support cast, this enterprise deserves a full house." Read the review

 

OUR ALUMNI

Concrete Kid– NNN

feautring Vanessa Salazar ('13) and Annelise Hawrylak ('13)

Now: NNN Read the review

Mooney on Theatre: “powerful and vibrant” Read the review

Charlebois Post: “A strong production“ Read the review

Ontario Arts Review: “Spoken word is a powerful medium and Concrete Kid delivers on its promise through witty rhymes and quick spits” Read the review

 

If It’s Not Too Much Trouble 

feautring Adele Dicks ('09)

Now - NNNN Read the review

Mooney on Theatre: “a lovely piece of feel good theatre” Read the review

Charlebois Post: “it’s always refreshing to see a show at the Fringe which is focused on the text rather than a clever concept.” Read the review

 

No Chance in Hell

featuring Isaac Bell ('13) and Jody Whitfield ('13)

Now: NNN Read the review

Mooney on Theatre: “Isaac Bell plays the lead John Smith character with an aww-shucks sincerity that makes him instantly likeable.” Read the review

Ontario Arts Review: “completely professional from crew to sound to performance” Read more

Selected for Fringe Toronto's Patrons Picks

Selected for Toronto Centres' Best Of Fringe 

 

Everything Is Fine

featuring Gillian Bartolucci ('11) and Nicky Nasrallah ('04)

Now: NNNN Read the review

Mooney on Theatre: : “Nicky Nasrallah does a tremendous job as “Drama Mom”, but what I’m really going to remember about this production is ringmaster and producer Gillian Bartolucci, whose bad laughs alone are worth the price of a ticket.” Read the review

Charlebois Post: “truly entertaining” Read the review

Torontoist’s Best Plays  list: “There are some wonderfully charismatic performances, particularly by a high-kicking Nicky Nasrallah, a maniacally cackling Gillian Bartolucci” Read the article

Ontario Arts Review: “Stand outs from the group are Gillian Bartolucci … a four-star effort” Read more

 

Slut

featuring Erin Thompson ('02) and Robert Steven Wilkinson ('10)

Now: NNNN Read the review

Mooney on Theatre: “a riotous good time” Read the review

Selected for Mooney on Theatre Recommends list 

Selected for Fringe Toronto's Patrons Picks

 

Elvis and Dick

featuring Sarah McGowan ('13)

Now: NNN Read the review

Mooney on Theatre: “The secondary characters deserve accolades as well, especially Allison Edwards-Crewe and Sarah McGowan who play the femmes fatales in the special agent trilogy.” Read the review

Ontario Arts Review: “Hilarious … Creative … Sarah McGowan’s voice [is] …  outstanding” Read the review

 

A Quest of Character

featuring Erin Roche ('12)

Now: NNN Read the review

Mooney on Theatre: “a nice show” Read the review

 

Julius Caesar Project

featuring Jessica Harb ('13) and Jordi O'Dael ('13)

Now: NNNN Read the review

Mooney on Theatre: “brilliant adaptation” Read the review

Also made Mooney on Theatre Recommends list

 

Mute

featuring Nicole McCafferty ('11) and Jackie-Rose Brown ('13)

Now: NNN Read the review

Mooney on Theatre: “great show” Read the review

 

Busyness

featuring Jada Rifkin ('10)

Mooney on Theatre: “well-received by the younger kids” Read the review

 

It’s Kind of a Love Story

featuring Naomi Peltz ('13), writer; Vicktoria Adam ('13), director; Noémi Parenteau-Comfort ('11), designer; Luke Opdahl ('13), social media mgr.; Cayla Bekk ('13), stage manager; Erin Burgess ('12), Claire Hunter ('13)

Mooney on Theatre: “a younger audience would relate to the story” Read the review

 

Fantastic Extravagance

featuring Cheyenne Scott ('11), Assistant Director/Stage Manager

Now: NNN Read the review

Charlebois Post: “Writers, or anybody who is close to one, will love this play.” Read the review

Ontario Arts Review: “a performance to see” Read more

 

Group Therapy

featuring Callie Presniak ('13)

Mooney on Theatre: “a funny play with very good actors dealing in a memorable way with a serious issue. I’d strongly recommend this play” Read the review

Charlebois Post: “ambitious” Read the review

 

Hugh and I

featuring Adam White (Fac./'04)

Now: NNN Read the review

Mooney on Theatre: “Musical director/pianist Adam White and percussionist Spencer Cole’s stripped down accompaniment filled the Randolph Theatre very nicely… an undeniably intriguing show” Read the review

Ontario Arts Review: “See it –at least twice!” Read the review

Selected for Fringe Toronto's Patrons Picks

 

Rapunzel

featuring Cayla Bekk (’13)

Now: NN "Cayla Bekk ... has the best singing voice in the company” Read the review 

Mooney on Theatre:it’s a fun time” Read the review

 

AND OUR FACULTY

Emerald City

featuring Alison Beula (Admin.), choreographer; Rory Bray ('10)

Now: NNN Read the review

Mooney on Theatre: “talented cast” Read the review

lfiewithmorecowbell (blog): “And [Rory] Bray nails material girl Glinda, delivering her vocals with the trademark vibrato.” Read the review

Charlebois Post: “The musical aspect of the show is well done: the songs are entertaining and the singing was excellent.” Read the review

 

Tikva’s Orchestra

featuring Thomas Morgan Jones (Fac.)

Now: NNN Read the review

Mooney on Theatre: “Morgan Jones was great as the orchestra conductor slowly juggling red scarves, the Nazi officer interrogating Tikva, and her guardian, protecting and helping her. He portrayed them all perfectly, adapting the way he moved to suit the character.” Read the review

Charlebois Post: “a unique physical theatre piece  … props that on their own, are works of art … The score is absolutely stunning.” Read the review

Ontario Arts Review: “No one will leave untouched.” Read the review

 

50 Times Around the Sun

featuring Louisa Burgess-Corbett (Fac.)

Mooney on Theatre: “fantastic singers” Read the review

 

Elly’s Emotions

featuring Alison Daley (Admin.), choreographer

Now: NNNN Read the review

Mooney on Theatre: “a high-energy must-see musical” Read the review