Theatre & Book Reviews

The Reading Salon

The Art Of Reference.

Have you ever wanted to own a Picasso or a Tom Thomson? These are just ...
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Vivek Shraya: Next Time There’s A Pandemic

We’ve had pandemics before this one, and by most accounts there will be another in ...
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/ Books, Review

Zom-Fam

Kama La Mackerel is a Montreal-based, Mauritian-Canadian multi-disciplinary artist whose recent one person show at ...
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Courtney Act’s Autobiography

Note: Shane Jenek uses the pronouns he/him, his alter ego Courtney Act uses she/her. This ...
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/ Drag Interviews, Review
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Bergmanesque Double Feature

Ingmar Bergman and Paul Bellini both have a propensity for producing a large volume of ...
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Who’s Afraid Of Titus?

“Art is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” -Cesar A. Cruz Sky regularly ...
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Around The Globe With Bianca Del Rio

If Joan Rivers and Elton John had offspring it’d probably look a lot like Bianca ...
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A Nice Day In The Park by Sky Gilbert

Sky Gilbert’s latest play “A Nice Day In The Park”, showcased for two nights at ...
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Second City: solid, funny sketch comedy

Second City has consistently been putting on great shows in Toronto for 47 years, and ...
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Bungalow

Playwright Sky Gilbert’s most recent work Bungalow showing at the Hamilton Fringe Festival is set ...
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Diamonds on Plastic

Playwright Philip Cairns recent mounting of Diamonds on Plastic at the Hamilton Fringe Festival is ...
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Hamilton Fringe Festival: Sky Gilbert + Philip Cairns

Toronto queer playwrights Sky Gilbert and Philip Cairnes are just two of the reasons Hamilton ...
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Extravaganza Eleganza: Funnier Than (Gay) Hell!

Funnier than gay hell (and believe me, a gay hell would be hysterical!) Extravaganza Eleganza ...
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Hand To God

Nice Never Got Me Anything I wasn’t sure what to think when a puppet stuck ...
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Shove It Down My Throat – A Theme and Variations

Shove a couple of bus tokens into your pocket and go down to Buddies to ...
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Vivek Shraya: I’m Afraid Of Men

Sharp, thoughtful and to the point writing that paints a vivid portrait of Vivek’s Shraya’s ...
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Irshad Manji, Don’t Label Me

“We rally for diversity of appearance but flake on diversity of viewpoint.” -Irshad Manji, Don’t ...
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A Trouble of Queers: The Bricks and Glitter Cabaret

Questions answered by Brock Hessel, Vince Rozario, Kumari Giles, and Mikiki There’s always lots of ...
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THE FATHER

“I can manage very well on my own”. This early line from Coal Mine Theatre’s ...
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/ Coal Mine Theatre, Review, The Father

GA TING

GA TING An immigrant Chinese couple invite their son’s caucasian boyfriend to visit, in order ...
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We Are Not Alone

The four-time Dora Award winner Damien Atkins has numerous credits to his name as a ...
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/ Crow's Theatre, Damien Atkins, Review

The Waverly Gallery

Waverly Place is a little street that humbly leads from Greenwich Village, across 6th Avenue ...
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The Tricky Part

Main photo by Joan Marcus. The Tricky Part written and performed by Martin Moran had ...
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Martin Moran: The Tricky Part

Main photo by Joan Marcus. The Tricky Part written and performed by Martin Moran had ...
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The New One

At one point, Michael Birbiglia is telling the story of being caught by a friend ...
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/ Michael Birbiglia, Review

Consumption

It’s a chilly night in Brooklyn so I’m walking with a quick step down the ...
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The Play That Goes Wrong

Imagine Faulty Towers at its craziest. Then mix in broken props, collapsing scenery, forgotten lines, ...
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Love Song To Lavender Menace

On the surface, Love Song To Lavender Menace is about the struggle for acceptance which ...
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/ Love Song To Lavender Menace, Review

LURED

Sometimes theatre is tough. As I sat watching the first, and then second ‘luring’ scenes, ...
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Sherry Vine, Joey Arias at The Laurie Beechman Theater

You really shouldn’t visit New York without trying to catch a Sherry Vine show. More ...
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/ Drag Interviews, Review

Love Labour’s Lost

This is not dinner theatre, it’s way better, it’s theatre dinner. When I hear the ...
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Trainspotting Live

First, there was the book, then the play, then the movie, and now tweaking at ...
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Daniel’s Husband

Do we marry for love or is it something else? It’s this very question that’s ...
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Small Craft Warnings

Tennessee Williams wrote many notable plays but it’s his earlier works like The Glass Menagerie, ...
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Gertrude & Alice

The remount of Gertrude & Alice kicked off Buddies In Bad Times Theatre’s 40th season ...
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CHERI: Theresa Tova Seduces!

From her off-stage opening line to her brilliant closing line at the piano, Theresa Tova ...
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/ CHERI, Review, Sky Gilbert, Theresa Tova

The Two of Us

From acclaimed Croatian playwright Tena Štivicic and directed by the award-winning Svjetlana Jaklenec, The Two ...
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LULU v.7: aspects of a femme fatale

About the He Said, He Said reviewers: Stewart Borden is film and theatre musician, culinary ...
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Love and Information

Let me give you an information tidbit: love and information is a crazy ride…. a ...
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A Five Star ‘Category E’ Hits Toronto!

Edmonton continues to birth artistic masterpieces and Category E is no exception. On until the ...
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Dancing Alone Together

Originally published on theBUZZ Alone Together is a double bill consisting of There she was ...
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I Cook, He Does The Dishes

Originally published through The BUZZ, April 3, 2018 Written and directed by Sky Gilbert, I ...
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THE MONUMENT

If you’re looking for an Ed Mirvish happy fun musical theatre evening, The Monument is ...
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The House on Poe Street

When twin sisters inherit the house where Poe composed The Raven, their lives take twisted ...
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The Box Show

The Box Show by Dominique Salerno and directed by Sash Bischoff is a clever, fast-paced ...
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Molly’s World?

Andrea Alton is magnificent as her alter ego “Molly ‘Equity’ Dykeman” in Molly’s World, a ...
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Street Theatre at The Eagle

The Eagle in New York City is a gay leather bar located in Chelsea. Normally ...
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Damaged Goods

Combine Who Framed Roger Rabbit with a gay South Park you’d end up close to ...
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Introducing Mr Wilde or Work is the Curse of the Drinking Class

Written and performed by Neil Titley, “Introducing Mr Wilde, or Work is the Curse of ...
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Street Children

Street Children by Pia Scala-Zankel is pure unadulterated street realness. Unsettling at times, Street Children ...
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Black Boys

As provocative as it is entertaining, Black Boys is a camp adventure into queer male ...
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Hosanna

Hosanna’s Higher Self If Requiem For A Dream, Moulin Rouge and Carrie had a rendezvous ...
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Blind Date: The Nose Knows

Blind Date is a raw, intimate and honest portrayal of what it means to put ...
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Sky Gilbert Does Toller Cranston (Again)

“The love that dare not speak its name has become the love that won’t shut ...
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Julie Andrews is the Devil

Julie Andrews is the Devil is a funny and charming love story about Tabitha, played ...
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Lady Bunny in Trans-Jester!

Trans-Jester is a fitly, potty-mouthed, politically incorrect, mean spirited show and the most fun I've ...
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Line

Israel Horovitz’s Line is an authentic New York theatre experience in part because at 45 ...
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Fuerza Bruta

Seriously, WTF was that?! The Fuerza Bruta experience was like watching the MOMA have sex ...
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Dying Like Ignacio

An actor and his best friend, a New York police officer, have tickets to see ...
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House Rules

A clever play about forgiveness, House Rules is a smartly layered story about two Filipino ...
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The Snail

A native of Italy, Fabio Zito has a history of work that has continually been ...
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Boy

"THE BLINDING POWER OF LOVE, THE ENIGMA OF GENDER, AND THE COMPLICATED MYSTERY OF HOW ...
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10 Reasons To See “A Broad Abroad”

(10) To hear her secret(s) to a happy life (9) Because you love Paris in ...
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Adults Only

#CoreAdultsOnly | Directed by Alex Correia, Adults Only is comprised of seven one-act plays by ...
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Tea in the Afternoon

When Elizabeth, portrayed by the illustrious Tayler Beth Anderson, discovers that her grandmother has died ...
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MDLSX

The needed change is so profound that we call it impossible, so deep that we ...
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39 Steps: Union Square Theatre

REVIEW | The Reading Salon, Raymond Helkio | The two-time Tony Award-winning 39 Steps is ...
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Good Boys and True

It's 1988 and Brandon is embarking on his Senior year at St. Joseph's Preparatory School ...
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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Opening Night REVIEW: Adapted from the Directors Notes from Thomas R. Gorden If someone were ...
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All About Sex (Meat The Garcias)

A light and funny romp through a distorted family's view on business, sex and sausage ...
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Love, Sex and Death in the Amazon

I can't think of a more gut-wrenching scene then watching a mother, lover or friend ...
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Dracula by Three Day Hangover

REVIEW | OCTOBER 15, 2015 | With Bram Stroker’s Dracula turning 100 this year it ...
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The 20th Of November

When my good friend Brock Hessel offered me a ticket I was excited to go ...
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