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Toronto: Spicy Day theatre company presents “In Waking Life” April 27-29

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Spicy Day theatre company presents their critically-acclaimed comedy In Waking Life, at Toronto’s Bampot House of Tea and Boardgames. The play is created by Lauren Welchner and Monica Bradford-Lea, and will be performed at Bampot for only 3 performances from April 27 to April 29, 2023.

A “Best of Toronto Fringe” award-winning comedy, In Waking Life presents the Synsk Sisters: two charming psychics who welcome you into their business and their lives. Fortunes are told, dreams are dissected, and love matches are made as the sisters fix all of your problems (and ignore their own). In Waking Life is a playful, partially-improvised comedy which delivers “a truly one-off psychic experience like you have never seen” (Apt613). Not only a “side-splittingly funny” play, the show also digs into the importance of family in poignant and unexpected ways.

This performance offers a special new reimagining of the play, responding to the unique venue of the Bampot House of Tea. Audiences can sip and snack during the show from the Bampot menu, and drink in the ambience of the sisters’ world.

What critics are saying:

“In Waking Life is a story of important life struggles and values, hidden behind a burst of wild, high-energy laughter. Check yourself in for a memorable experience!” -

“feels like an SNL sketch gone right” - Mooney on Theatre “Side-splittingly funny”, “A cavalcade of non-stop action” - Apt613

“You’d have to be made of stone not to laugh at this show. [...] Two gifted, perfectly-matched performers” - Mooney on Theatre

More about Spicy Day:

Spicy Day is an award-winning Toronto-based theatre company founded by Lauren Welchner and Monica Bradford-Lea. Described as “two local female performers who have a very strong and defined perspective” (New Ottawa Critics), and “side-splittingly funny” (Apt613), Spicy Day is committed to creating new, immersive work that uses humour and heart to provoke conversation about topics we don’t often see on stage.

From the company’s debut production In Waking Life, a partially-improvised psychic sister comedy, to The Brotherhood which tackles sexism within the guise of a magic show, to the honest and empowering A Period Piece, Spicy Day loves to find new ways to tell stories that need to be told.

In Waking Life was awarded “Best of Fringe” at the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival, as well as named a Critic’s Pick from Mooney on Theatre. The company’s menstrual sketch/storytelling comedy A Period Piece was nominated for Outstanding New Work at Ottawa’s Prix Rideau Awards in 2019.

In Waking Life runs 60 minutes, and will be presented at Bampot House of Tea and Boardgames (, 201 Harbord Street, from April 27 to April 29. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Seating is limited, so advance purchases are recommended.

Performance Schedule

April 27 / 8:00 pm April 28 / 8:00 pm April 29 / 8:00 pm

Photo: Lauren Welchner and Monica Bradford-Lea.