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Mr. Burns: a post-electric play

Reviewed by , August 29, 2014

Listing all of the Simpsons references present in Mr. Burns: a post-electric play would take more space and time than it takes to actually watch the two-hour production. And it’s a mug’s game: anyone intrepid enough to undertake such a task will invariably have a friend or coworker who’d pick out six more that he missed—you know the one. It begins with a group of survivors of a recent (and ongoing) pandemic trying to remember the plot to the fifth-season episode Cape Feare: that’s the one that parodied the 1962 and 1991 versions of Cape Fear, featuring Sideshow Bob and songs from The Mikado. [You're the one, aren't you? --ed.]

Fittingly, given The Simpsons‘ skewering of popular culture, Mr. Burns owes …

Lotus

Reviewed by , August 11, 2014

Hopegrown Productions is a young theatre company (in their second year) based out of Montreal.

Its founders are Lindsay Huebner, Miriam Cummings, and Samantha Megarry, all 2013 graduates of the theatre performance program at Concordia University.

Last year, they showcased Around Miss Julie, an hilarious college comedy filled with theatrical references.

This year, they present Lotus, a drama/thriller radically different from their previous work.

Megarry mentioned that as a young company, they want to try different genres and not be confined to a single trademark. Hopegrown Productions is dedicated to finding relevant stories with powerful female characters, but this year’s production confirmed that they are also committed to staging relevant theatre of any genre.

It is definitely working: Lotus is a strong script …

Ten Chimneys

Reviewed by , June 22, 2014

The art of acting is to present oneself into a role and live it to the best of your talent. However, when you place too much emphasis on your art over real life, you learn you are forever improvising, with reality writing the script. This play is an amusing and touching comedy of an actors’ household of people trying such a situation and facing their own troubles with it.

In 1938, the noted acting couple Alfred Lunt (Simon Goodwin) and Lynn Fontanne (Dinah Watts) are researching their roles for Anton Chekhov’s The

The 2014 Fringe Awards

By , June 15, 2014

London Fringe Festival 2014

The 2014 Fringe Awards were announced at tonight’s Fringe Fried awards ceremony. The “TiLees” baseball caps, featuring a new logo designed by Walter Sayers, were presented in eight categories; the first five, selected by Theatre in London.ca’s team of volunteer reviewers, went to:

Outstanding Show
High Tea
Outstanding Individual Performance
Jayson McDonald (World War Three)
Outstanding Cast (tie)
Concrete Kid
Judy: Stonewalled
Most Daring Show
I Hate Bill Pats
Funniest Show (tie)
2 Ruby Knockers, 1 Private Dick
God Is A Scottish Drag Queen

The Impresario category of awards is based on the highest ticket sales (i.e. actual dollar amount) at each venue. This year’s Impresario TiLees were presented to:

Venue 1
2 Ruby Knockers, 1 Private Dick
Venue 2
Ladies Room
Venue

London Fringe 15: Opening weekend reviews

By , , , , , , and , June 8, 2014

London Fringe Festival 2014

As we’ve done for the last several years, Theatre in London will have a team of volunteers reviewing every show in the 15th London Fringe Festival over the opening weekend. Each review will initially be posted to the Fringe website, and they’ll all be archived here after the festival ends. Keep an eye on @theatreinlondon and the #ldnfringe hashtag on social media.

June 4: Due to a glitch in the Fringe website’s comment system, I’ll post the first few here. June 6: Comments are working on the Fringe site again. Go forth and have your say!

Academia Nuts

Academia Nuts is a well-acted piece about sexuality and academia that unfortunately falters thanks to a script too weak to stand.

Elements of the show were …