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Friday, July 5, 2019

The actors slay in Shaw Festival’s The Ladykillers, even if the humour sometimes doesn’t by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Graham Linehan’s written some great one-liners and the cast are zinging them well. What has yet to come together is the production’s overall rhythm and tone, writes Karen Fricker.

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Sara Bareilles credits writing Waitress songs for opening up ‘endless possibilities’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Musical hitting Toronto next month was an inspiring, even life-altering gig for pop songwriter.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Pick up an actor in your car and drive off into the story — it’s theatre for the age of Uber by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Fu-GEN Theatre Company’s wildly ambitious show Fearless lets drivers around Markham pick up actors and experience theatre in their own vehicles.

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Soulpepper’s Rose grabs four Dora Awards by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Canadian Opera Company also scores with Eugene Onegin, the big winner in the opera category, as awards honouring Toronto’s theatre community got handed out Tuesday.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Jumbo the elephant lives again on the Blyth Festival stage by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Sean Dixon’s play about the ‘world’s first animal superstar’ revisits his life and death in St. Thomas, Ontario, writes Karen Fricker.

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The Cave at Luminato asks us to listen to the animals by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This song cycle gives us sheltering in a cave from a massive forest fire, who entertain themselves and us even as the threat of destruction grows closer, writes Karen Fricker.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Why The Lion King and The Book of Mormon can still pack theatres by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Lion King enthralls with its design, music and performance while Mormon delivers risqué material ‘with a heart,’ theatre experts tell Karen Fricker.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Bridge-builder’s royalty-themed plays at Stratford Festival connects us to history by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Busy Kate Hennig’s plays, with their contemporary language, make us see historical figures in a more sympathetic light. That’s just one thing she working on, however.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Full Light of Day sometimes finds message obscured by clashing mediums by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The marriage of the material realities of live theatrical staging and the formal conventions of screen media clash because audiences’ familiarity with the latter are likely to make them im…

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Ronnie Burkett’s Forget Me Not at Luminato is a true hands-on experience for the audience by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

It’s we who illuminate Burkett’s marionettes with flashlights. It’s we whom Burkett entrusts with handmade hand puppets. And it’s we who decide (or not) to buy into his interweaving …

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

How a 164-year-old brawl became the show Toronto Circus Riot by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Angela Murdoch and her company Lookup Theatre turned the true story of a battle between Toronto Orangemen and an American circus troupe into a circus-comedy hybrid playing Sterling Rd.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Stratford’s Henry VIII features impressive central performances by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Jonathan Goad plays Henry VIII as rock star; Irene Poole’s Katherine of Aragon leavens the sexism in the play and Rod Beattie fully commits to the role of Wolsey, writes Karen Fricker.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Nolen Dubuc owns the lead in Billy Elliot the Musical by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Stratford Festival production lives up to festival’s standards of and high-level execution and lets Donna Feore do what she does best: large-scale production numbers with kinetically inven…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Stratford Festival boldly updates Othello and dares us to look by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

In Nigel Shawn Williams’ hands, racism and misogyny foreground the jealousy traditionally seen as the primary theme of Shakespeare’s Othello, writes Karen Fricker.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Cruelty of Chinese high-tech factories made vivid with musical, mournful theatre by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The poetry of a real-life man labouring in inhumane conditions is set to music in I swallowed a moon made of iron, at Berkeley Street Theatre.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Paprika addresses Toronto theatre’s old problems in grooming next generation by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Founded 18 years ago as festival of five short plays, the Paprika Festival has grown into an organization supporting young and emerging artists year-round, culminating this year in a weeklon…

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Beautiful Man a quiet rage in the time of #MeToo by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Erin Shields’s play Beautiful Man is mostly made up of three women (Ashley Botting, Mayko Nguyen, Sofia Rodriguez) sitting on tall stools narrating their experience of watching that cop sh…

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Rope brings some good old-fashioned nail-biting back to Shaw by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

There is no mystery around the fact that Wyndham Brandon and Charles Granillo have strangled an Oxford classmate. The suspense is whether or not they’ll be found out.

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

The Horse and his Boy is four character’s journey out of limited lives by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Christine Brubaker has created an extraordinary esprit de corps amongst the 14-member cast and the nearly-all-female creative team.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Lilies: or The Revival of a Romantic Drama explores transformative justice, Two-Spirit culture by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Tragic love story between two men in early 20th-century rural Quebec, undermined by homophobia and social conservatism tied to the Catholic Church.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Milton’s Steve Michaels on building a fit tribute to Elvis in Return to Grace by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Performer portraying Presley says he relishes winning over doubters in show coming to Princess of Wales Theatre this week.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Next to Normal’s talented cast aren’t quite dazzling us yet by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Musical Stage Company gives Toronto a good production, with flaws to be worked on, of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Too Good to Be True opens VideoCabaret’s new theatre in promising form by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Cliff Cardinal’s new dark comedy and directing debut isn’t entirely successful in VideoCab’s black box format, but it’s an entertaining evening highlighted by terrific performances, …

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Why Dear Evan Hansen spoke to David Mirvish by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The musical about a flawed teenager ‘is about all of us. We all want to be liked to some degree,’ says the head of Mirvish Productions, who chased the show for two years.

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Old Stock tells its Refugee Love Story in a risky and memorable way by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Old Stock veers from noisily confrontational to lyrical to sardonic, with a buildup of character through beautifully observed, often wryly funny dialogue, writes Karen Fricker.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The debate over theatre trigger warnings: Are they art killers or a vital audience service? by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

For performer Sky Gilbert, trigger warnings are ‘dangerous for art.’ The Coal Mine Theatre, on the other hand, plans to change what it stages to avoid triggering audiences, writes Karen …

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Go-for-broke performances drive Sarah Burgess’s Dry Powder by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

More than a glimpse at the inner workings of leveraged buyout schemes, production offers a vantage on the mentality of those whose world is defined by them.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Angélique’s ambitions pay off, mostly, in slave’s tale by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Jenny Brizard soars in title role as four theatre companies pool their efforts for a demanding play that should be produced more often.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Bigre, a stage comedy inspired by living in tiny rooms, has had big success by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Bigre has made people laugh across Europe, but transporting it to Toronto brings an element of risk for Pierre Guillois, writes Karen Fricker.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

A Blow in the Face takes audiences through the ‘cave’ of postpartum depression by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

New play is part of Lisa Ryder’s efforts to rupture societal taboos around such experiences, which are widely shared and yet still not much talked about in the mainstream.

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Soulpepper’s Wedding at Aulis is impressive but not always compelling by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Sina Gilani’s rewriting of Euripides’ Iphigenia at Aulis is fluid and mature, but the production’s talkiness sometimes gets in the way of his ideas, writes Karen Fricker.

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