Articles tagged with: Toronto theatre reviews

Blind Date at Buddies: it’s love at first sight

published: September, 30, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Theatre, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Blind Date at Buddies: it’s love at first sight. Bob Leahy reviews Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s latest exploration of queer romance, a very clever and funny improv that draws the audience in quite literally

Blind Date at Buddies: it’s love at first sight

Photo Image by Tanja-Tiziana Blind Date is the first Buddies' show to feature alternating male and female leads. The gay dating version opened last night and the audience couldn’t have been more engaged in a 90-minute show that just flies by. It’s clever, funny as hell and leaves you wondering at the skill of it all. This is a show that you will talk about for a long time. Here’s the premise. The show opens with a clown, Mathieu, played winningly in the gay version by the handsome Davi

A gay cultural treat

published: January, 11, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy reviews The Gay History Project, an important and enjoyable romp through all things gay, playing at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto until January 31

A gay cultural treat

If the title of the play now running for a second time at Toronto's Buddies in Bad Times Theatre this month prior to its national tour, sounds dull or scholarly, don’t be deterred - because the show is anything but dull. True, it has elements of a tutorial on our cultural heritage but presented in a way that is fresh, entertaining and often downright hilarious. If only history lessons were always this fun.  Three likeable young actors – Damien Atkins, Paul Dunn and Andrew Kushnir  - tak

Buddies has a winner with Tom at the Farm

published: April, 18, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times latest show “Tom at the Farm”, a highly gripping tale of love, grief, malice, homo-eroticism and lies that runs until May 10

Buddies has a winner with Tom at the Farm

Oh what a tangled web we weave when we stray form the truth. And tangled indeed are the relationships in the exciting psycho-sexual thriller “Tom at the Farm  by the extraordinary Canadian writer Michel Marc Bouchard which opened Thursday at Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.  It’s taut, it’s tense, it’s terrifying – and it’s terriffic. Gripping from the get-go, the tension never lets up. In its simple form, it’s a tale of a young man, Tom, who visits the home of his r

SPIN returns to Buddies at Bad Times Theatre

published: November, 20, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reviews - and recommends you see - the return of SPIN about The Bicycle as Muse, Musical Instrument and Agent of Social Change

SPIN returns to Buddies at Bad Times Theatre

Three years ago, in March 2011 to be exact, I reviewed SPIN. It's back now for a short run at that bastion of LGBT theatre, Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times. The show is much spruced up and slicker. Braved the snow to see it last night with my partner. Says Buddies “This remount features some significant and exciting changes from the original production:  several news songs that have created a whole different ending to Evalyn’s story, and brand new musical arrangements for string trio ha

PIG

published: September, 20, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reviews the raw, disturbing but ultimately rewarding new drama PIG, a play about the men who inhabit the outer limits of pig sex, at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto

PIG

Photograph by Jeremy Mimnagh Definition of pig play (from the Urban Dictionary) “This term is commonly used in the gay male community to describe the act of having dirty sex. A man engaging in pig play may perform acts of watersports, urine colonics, defecation, tag-team sex, bareback, breeding, fisting, and cum swapping.” If this description of pig sex sets of alarm bells and pushes against one’s comfort level about learning more, be warned that PIG, the new play from acclaimed Engli

Entertaining Mr. Sloane

published: July, 18, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Black - and sexy - comedy. Bob Leahy reviews Entertaining Mr Sloane, gay writer Joe Orton’s play about sexual shenanigans, class and conniving, now playing at Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre

Entertaining Mr. Sloane

Photo credit: Soulpepper Theatre Company/Cylla von Tiedemann Joe Orton, who wrote Entertaining Mr. Sloane in 1964, was a colourful and outrageous gay man who wrote the blackest, sexiest and most farcical of black comedies. His sexual exploits  - he was a great fan of what the English politely called "cottaging"  -  are the stuff of legend. His death at the hands of his gay lover Kenneth Halliwell - Orton was bludgeoned to death out of jealousy, following which Halliiwell immediately killed

Football as art

published: April, 11, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reviews "A Dance Tribute to the Art of Football", currently playing at Toronto’s Harbourfront as part of their exciting World Stage season.

Football as art

A Dance Tribute to the Art of Football is a title full of promise. There is, after all, room in spades in this subject area to celebrate the grace and athleticism of the game (soccer) and acknowledge the rituals of the game in entirely non-traditional ways.  And as savvy World Stage Artistic Director and programmer Tina Rasmussen says, there are neat parallels to be drawn between a dance company and a soccer team and in the way they go about the business of  entertaining an audience. So the

Dance on Over to Dancing Queen

published: April, 26, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reviews the new Sky Gilbert play at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre about an intergenerational gay love triangle that combine drama and dance to interesting - and winning - effect.

Dance on Over to Dancing Queen

The bottom line first: a surprisingly conventional drama cloaked in unconventional garb, this is a love story that’s both intensely familiar and, thanks to the use of dance segments which illustrate the action, unique and exciting.  Combine this formula with highly disciplined and skillful acting of the first order and you have a show that tries hard to please – and does, in spades. What’s it about? Simple really – and all highly accessible. Fresh-faced young Alan is new in town from

Bliss

published: March, 30, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Celine Dion, fandom and depravity. Bob Leahy reviews Bliss At Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, a new play from Quebec which seamlessly combines all three.

Bliss

An odd play is Bliss.  The big themes – I’ve referred  to  them above  - seem an unlikely mix. Throw in the fact that it all begins in a Wal-Mart store, no less, with the voice of an oracle directing its employees through an ecstatic description of one of Celine’s “last” performances and you know we are not in Kansas.  Instead we seem to be in a clinical setting, tiled with a white bed occupying centre stage.  Turns out that on that bed is staged both Celine’s miscarriage an

War Horse is No One-Trick Pony

published: March, 01, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Theatre, Bob Leahy - Publisher

We’ve never seen anything on stage quite like this before, says Bob Leahy, reviewing the equine stagecraft in War Horse which opened at the Princess of Wales Theatre this week

War Horse is No One-Trick Pony

Jaw dropping. That’s the word that springs to mind at what happens on the stage of Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre when the horses come out in War Horse. It’s a story of how horses – and one horse in particular  - were used in the battlefields of World War I At first we a see an awkward young foal - Joey, but he quickly transforms before our eyes in to a full grown horse. It’s a huge coup de theatre, which drew gasps from the audience, but it’s followed by one coup after anot

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