Everything There is Know, a new Canadian musical with music, lyrics, and book by Aaron Jensen, hits the stage at Randolph Theatre, as part of Toronto Fringe.
Review from Mooney on Theatre:
Everything There is to Know produced by Musicals Canada is the newest musical by playwright Aaron Jensen, playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival. It’s a coming of age, adventure story about Sophie, a 10 year old girl, and the imaginative stories that we tell.
The performance has excellent production value and feels polished and professional. The cast (of only five!) play a wide range of characters: there’s Sophie (played by Quinn Dooley), her mother and a fortune-teller (both Sara Stahmer), her father and a bison (both Christopher Wilson), her loyal companion Philip the Mouse, her best friend Robin and a king (all three Devin Herbert), her camp counselor, a rooster and a queen (all three Karolina Kotus), and a chorus of pirates. And yet, the cast juggles this roster of characters exceptionally well, transitioning with ease throughout the show, and committing with focus and flair to each individual role.
Most notable of all is the musicality of the show, and the musical ability of the cast. The play is filled to the brim with great musical numbers, that are uplifting, often witty, and wonderfully performed by this team of musical theatre rockstars.
Their voices filled the theatre with a luminosity that stayed with me hours later. For context, I arrived at this show quite drenched from a torrential down-pouring of rain. I sincerely forgot about my cold-and-wet discomfort watching their song-and-dance numbers.
In addition to excellent song-and-dance, the play packs an emotional punch. It grapples with the struggles that arise in child-parent relationships, and the growing pains that come with growing up.
Everything There is to Know is a heart-warming show, and a great piece for families and people of all ages. It’s lively, funny, moving and reflective, and most of all, majestically musical.