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Glenn Sumi

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Glenn started writing for NOW’s theatre section in 1997 with his much-missed colleague Jon Kaplan. Currently, he edits and contributes to the film and stage sections. He sees approximately 280 live stage shows (plays, comedy shows, dance and opera) and 150 movies a year. His mother once described his job to someone as “Seeing The Lion King.” For three years he was a weekly pop culture commentator on CTV News Weekend With Scott Laurie, and he still reports occasionally on CBC, CTV, TVO and Global TV when he’s not in a dark theatre, editing or writing reviews, or reading a book. He can’t stand people who talk or use their phones at the theatre.

The Beaverton writer Aaron Hagey-Mackay discusses the parody Twitter account's origins, the arbitrariness of ratings and why he doesn't drink Read more

Comedy

Filipinx shows and a variety of works dealing with mental illness received big buzz at this year's record-breaking Toronto Fringe Read more

Theatre

The Tape Escape, 2019

Photo by Neil Silcox

Trio of interactive experiences set in an old-school 90s video store takes you back to the future Read more

Theatre

5N shows Drama 101, Boy Falls From The Sky, The Huns, Night Feed and Death Ray Cabaret are among the Fringe hits getting extra performances Read more

Theatre

Quirky comedy about urban anxiety and alienation is well-acted but at times feels like a long-form improv exercise Read more

Theatre

Drama about two grief-stricken families is earnest, stilted and more scattered than suggestive Read more

Theatre

Well-intentioned but underdeveloped musical about Doug Ford's destructive administration is almost as painful as what's happening to the province Read more

Theatre

Sketch show features sharp writing and some lively acting, but many scenes lack satisfying endings Read more

Theatre

Post-apocalyptic ecological musical features a catchy score but the vague book and lyrics make it feel monotonous Read more

Theatre

Tamara Williamson's autobiographical alt-rock concert is a great work of art about splitting up and moving on Read more

Theatre

Writer/performer DK Reinemer's energy and enthusiasm help cover up his parody's flaws Read more

Theatre

Despite some quirky dialogue, Madeleine Brown's absurdist play about a pyromaniac and a small-town newspaper never comes together Read more

Theatre

Site-specific show set at a pool is earnest, predictable and sometimes hard to hear Read more

Theatre

Nostalgia-drenched musical featuring a cast of young emerging artists is rough-edged but charming Read more

Theatre

Aaron Malkin's solo show about how fatherhood has changed him is earnest but insightful Read more

Theatre

Satirical musical about a girl group's reunion hits some hilarious (and harmonically catchy) notes Read more

Theatre

In this clever and entertaining trip through Tudor history, Tara Travis delivers the most virtuosic performance of the Fringe Read more

Theatre

Gillian Bartolucci's solo show features both hilarious satire and remarkable emotional depth Read more

Theatre

Show featuring performers aged 13-19 is a funny, heartwarming and inspiring musical paean to the power of art Read more

Theatre

Walkabout site-specific show consisting of six audio plays is uneven but always intriguing Read more

Theatre