BWW Reviews: 'NO CHANCE IN HELL' at the Best of Fringe is Heavenly

July 17
9:33 PM 2014

BWW Reviews: 'NO CHANCE IN HELL' at the Best of Fringe is Heavenly

I am a huge fan of the Toronto Fringe Festival! It's a great platform for new shows to be presented to audiences. Some get picked up for the Mirvish Season - or by other theatre companies, and one has even made it all the way to Broadway (The Drowsy Chaperone.)

Tonight I had the pleasure of seeing a hilarious show titled NO CHANCE IN HELL - about a man named John Smith (Isaac Bell) who gets sent to Hell by mistake, only to fall in love with one of its residents (Jody-Anne Whitfield).

The production has a great book and usually on-point lyrics written by Chris John. The music is theatrical and fun to listen to, and was composed by Kevin Fox. You can expect to hear everything from an intricately written chorus number or a prayer to a moving pop ballad.

Director Lezlie Wade makes brilliant use of the material and talent she has available. For fans of physical comedy, Wade delivers this here in spades.

The entire cast is top notch and features Isaac Bell, Jake Foy, Joel Gomez, Jacob Macinnis, Dana Jean Phoenix, Susan Wesson, Jody-Anne Whitfield, and Jonathan Whittaker.

The show has two more performances at the Toronto Centre - one on July 22 at 10PM and another July 29 at 7PM. Tickets are now available on the Toronto Centre Website.


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Alan Henry

Alan is a third year undergraduate student at York University, in Toronto. He has had a passion for the performing arts ever since he saw the original production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Princess of Wales Theatre. Alan has eleven years of intensive dance training under his belt, and in 2006 was the Canadian National Ballroom Champion in his age category. As a performer, Alan has been seen on stage at the Bathurst Street Theatre (now the Randolph Theatre), The FLATO Markham Theatre, The Leah Posluns Theatre, The Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, and many more.

Alan first started blogging about theatre in 2011 with his now defunct blog, Broadway Toronto. In March 2013, Alan joined the team at BroadwayWorld Toronto and continued his foray into arts journalism. In February of 2014, Alan became the Senior Editor for the Toronto division of – and since then has expanded the regional coverage to include much of Southern Ontario, as well as many of the smaller professional theatre companies in the city.

A long term theatre fan, Alan is grateful to be a part of the Toronto arts community in any capacity.

“I’m incredibly fortunate that I’ve found a way to be involved with our arts community in the position that I have. The Toronto theatre community is made up of some of the kindest and friendliest people I know – and I look forward to serving the community by continuing the high standard of coverage expected of BroadwayWorld.”

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