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Friday, October 7, 2022

Child-army play ‘The First Stone’ combines the best of theatrical tradition with the worst of human obscenity by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard’s haunting story of child slavery and community loss is unspeakably sad — and impeccably well staged.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:53PM
Thursday, October 6, 2022

Four Canadian theatre directors shortlisted for prestigious Siminovitch Prize by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

The Siminovitch Prize is the most significant theatre award in Canada, worth $100,000 in all.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:00AM
Thursday, September 29, 2022

Climate activism takes centre stage in ‘Sea Sick’ by journalist Alanna Mitchell by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Her non-fiction book of the same name won the Grantham Prize for excellence in environmental journalism in 2010.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:30AM
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Why is there a 300-pound shark on King Street West? Because theatre, obviously by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

He’s been lovingly nicknamed “The Brucester,” and he joins a long line of fibreglass statues made for Mirvish by Gerald McLoughlin.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:43PM

‘We use art as bullets’: Inside the show ‘Children of Fire’ at the fifth annual RUTAS festival by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

The stories of Kurdish female freedom fighters are the focus of a verbatim theatre production — using interview transcripts and found footage — in Toronto.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:30AM
Thursday, September 22, 2022

‘Come From Away’ comes home to Newfoundland by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

The beloved musical set in Gander after the events of Sept. 11, 2001 has a triumphant concert staging in St. John’s.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM
Saturday, September 3, 2022

‘The show must go on’ for Coal Mine Theatre despite damage from fire by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

“Sometimes magic can come out of destruction,” says artistic director Diana Bentley. “Extraordinary things can come out of moments like this.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:00PM
Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Subscriptions, rush tickets and lotteries, oh my! Here’s how to enjoy the best of Toronto theatre on a budget by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Here’s a cheat sheet for some of the best deals on theatre tickets for the upcoming 2022-23 season.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Coal Mine Theatre announces upcoming season, including Sarah Gadon stage debut in ‘Yerma’ by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Gadon leads in the Canadian premiere of Simon Stone’s ‘Yerma,’ a cerebral, high-stakes drama about fertility and personhood.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:00PM
Wednesday, July 20, 2022

A Caribbean, feminist circus is rolling across Toronto this summer. Here’s where to catch it by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

“Mashup Pon Di Road,” created by performing artists Bahia Watson and Liza Paul, is an unapologetic and colourful bashment circus — and it’s staged on a flatbed truck.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM
Monday, July 18, 2022

Eric Peterson’s a TV star, but theatre acting is his favourite by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

The “Corner Gas” alum is back onstage in Coal Mine Theatre’s production of Lisa D’amour’s “Detroit,” a dark and funny commentary on the decline of the middle class.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 11:07AM
Friday, July 15, 2022

‘Felt Cute (Might Delete Later)’ at the Fringe festival offers a chilling portraiture of zillennial malaise by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Reanne Spitzer and Sultanna Krispil’s abstract show recreates a TikTok feed in a poignant and dark commentary on the social media platform’s effects

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:31AM
Thursday, July 14, 2022

‘A Perfect Bowl of Pho’ at the Toronto Fringe is a delectable hit by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Combining smart songs, a knockout cast, and a surprisingly poignant book, Nam Nguyen’s highly meta-theatrical soup show is an absolute treasure.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:09AM
Monday, July 11, 2022

LGBTQ stereotypes get turned on their head in Fringe festival’s cheeky ‘Lesbihonest’ by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Laura Piccinin is a witty standup comic with a long history of coming out to people.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:04PM
Sunday, July 10, 2022

Exes make unlikely improv partners in Fringe’s ‘Too Much Information Improvised’ by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Steph Haller and Paddy MacDonald are real-life exes with serious improv chops.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:10PM
Saturday, July 9, 2022

In ‘The Prince’s Big Adventurer,’ a powerful message of LGBTQ self-acceptance prevails for Toronto Fringe’s littlest patrons by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

While not perfect by any means, Steven Elliott Jackson’s sweet fairy tale enforces for kids at a young age that not every prince needs a princess.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 11:28AM
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Facebook rejects Toronto theatre company ads due to ‘political’ content by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Daresay Productions’ upcoming play, “Deputy Prime Minister Collimore,” makes no reference to real politicians or situations, says the play’s producer.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:31PM
Monday, June 6, 2022

Toronto’s WeeFestival a thrill for city’s littlest theatregoers by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

The festival takes place across Toronto and features programming for children aged 0-6, many of them seeing the curtain open for the first time.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:32PM
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Soulpepper’s ‘Where the Blood Mixes’ is a love letter to residential school survivors and the terrain of Lytton, B.C. by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Director Jani Lauzon and actor Craig Lauzon both feel a sentimental connection to Loring’s Governor General’s Award-winning text

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:01PM
Friday, May 20, 2022

‘Evil Queen’ in Grimm-inspired immersive dance project inspired by performer’s gender fluidity by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Joey Arrigo’s approach to the Evil Queen was a collaborative one with TranscenDance artistic director Julia Cratchley.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM

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