Toronto, I Love You
Read our 3.5/4 star review in The Toronto Star!
Bad Dog’s award-winning resident cast is proud to remount their critically acclaimed unconventional love letter to the city - a smash hit at this past summer’s Toronto Fringe Festival. Toronto, I Love You is an unscripted comedy about unexpected connections, set against a backdrop of neighbourhoods suggested by the audience.
Toronto, I Love You features a handful of spontaneously-crafted storylines that intertwine and intersect each other in surprising ways. Nicolas di Gaetano (Mi Casa Theatre, Business As Usual) serves as musical muse for the piece, both underscoring and inciting the action with a mix of Canadian songs - some improvised, some well-known - chosen each night to complement the stories. “It’s a little like P.T. Anderson’s Magnolia, only much less... depressing,” says director Julie Dumais Osborne. “We’re playing with light magic realism - which feels very natural for the Repertory Players. The cast is remarkable at drawing fantasy from the mundane and grounding the improbable in relatable, honest emotion.”
"The structure gives the players enough leeway to go to unexpected places, but the eventual resolution of these three stories also allows them a final destination for sentimental, feel-good moments and lessons of friendship, love and co-operation. Those must come naturally for a group of improvisers who operate under the general agreement of supporting each other, on or offstage." - Toronto Star
"Every show is different but Bad Dog's players bend and flip scenes in unexpected ways that almost always produce hilariously dark and twisted moments." - NOW Magazine
"If you’re into improv done well, this one is a must." - Mooney on Theatre
Stacked with improv heavy-hitters hailing from across the country, the Canadian Comedy Award-nominated BDRP specialize in creating new unscripted show formats that showcase Toronto & the Canadian experience (including: This Canadian Life, You Are Here, 63 South and People City). Since their inception in 2012, they’ve performed in Vancouver, Regina, Montreal, Ottawa, as part of NxNE & JFL42, and they were recently named Best Improv Troupe in NOW Magazine’s Best of Toronto Readers’ Choice Poll in 2013.
"Bad Dog Theatre Company is one of Toronto’s comedy institutions, specializing in unscripted comedy and improvised performance for almost 30 years, and the rep players participating in this unconventional love letter to Toronto are hilarious..." - Derrick Chua
"No disrespect to the dudes, but the women in the Bad Dog Repertory Players (winners of the NOW Readers Poll for best improv troupe) are among the best in the biz: Jess Bryson, Ashley Comeau, Paloma Nunez, Kirsten Rasmussen, Evany Rosen and Hannah Spear." - Now Magazine
"The Bad Dog Repertory Players are some of Toronto’s finest improvisers. If you love improvised comedy (and who doesn’t?) I highly recommend checking out this unscripted, unconventional love letter to Toronto." - She Does The City
8pm | Wednesday-Saturday | January 20-30
Adults $15 | Students $10
Available online or at the box office.