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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

After a devastating fire, Coal Mine Theatre has come back blazing by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

As opening night for ‘Yerma’ approaches, Diana Bentley and Ted Dykstra couldn’t be more grateful for the Coal Mine community’s support for their new venue.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 11:20AM

‘Okay, you can stop now’ at Theatre Passe Muraille makes art out of information overload by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Shakeil Rollock, creator, director and choreographer of “Okay, you can stop now,” says personal histories and the news cycle intersect in more ways than we might assume.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM
Friday, January 20, 2023

Crow’s Theatre’s ‘Fifteen Dogs’ is a must-see, even for cat people by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Despite an at-times unearned length, “Fifteen Dogs” is a must-see for its performances, including Tom Rooney at the top of his game as a lovelorn poodle.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:41PM
Monday, January 16, 2023

Downton Abbey’s Kevin Doyle never thought he’d be an actor. Now he’s Mirvish’s leading man in a World War II play about weather by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

The TV star makes his Mirvish debut this month in “Pressure,” a British play about the meteorologists who advised Eisenhower while planning D-Day in 1944.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Tuesday, January 10, 2023

‘Girls and Boys’ is a painful solo show about loss and betrayal. But for Fiona Mongillo, the play’s future at Crow’s Theatre couldn’t be mor by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

‘Girls and Boys’ made a splash in Stratford last summer, a quick jaunt from the behemoth Stratford Festival. Its upcoming remount will play at the Streetcar Crowsnest in Toronto.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:56PM
Sunday, January 8, 2023

‘It’s been the greatest adventure of my life’: Panto legend Ross Petty says farewell by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Petty took his final bow Saturday, bidding adieu to Toronto’s yearly Christmas pantomime after 25 years.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:32PM
Friday, January 6, 2023

For Ann-Marie MacDonald, a ‘Fall on Your Knees’ theatrical adaptation was inevitable by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

MacDonald says she always saw her groundbreaking novel “as a 3D experience for the reader.” Part One opens in Toronto Jan. 20.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM
Thursday, December 15, 2022

Bad Hats Theatre’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is a love letter to childhood by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

This “Alice in Wonderland” is nothing short of a delight — and Bad Hats Theatre puts on a very good show.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:12PM

Can Christmas shopping be viewed as a form of theatre? Well, sort of by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

When retail stores deck the halls for holiday shopping, they’re using many of the same tenets of design that make theatrical productions pop, according to experts in both fields.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:23PM
Wednesday, December 14, 2022

There’s no blubber in this stunning ‘Moby Dick’ at Harbourfront Centre by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

This isn’t the “Moby Dick” of your high school English classroom and these aren’t the puppets from days of Jim Henson yore.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:35PM
Friday, December 9, 2022

Jac Yarrow is living the dream as star of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

From Jac Yarrow’s offstage charisma to his vocal chops, it’s clear why Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber chose him as his leading man.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:49PM
Friday, December 2, 2022

Revisiting ‘da Kink’: Playwright Trey Anthony on theatre, hair and Black self-love by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

“The staying power of ‘’da Kink in My Hair’ is rooted in authenticity. And truth,” says Anthony. “Everyone wants to feel seen, heard, listened to, loved, accepted.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM
Thursday, December 1, 2022

Francophone stage director Marie Brassard wins prestigious Siminovitch Prize by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

“It’s especially lovely because I’ve been chosen by my peers,” says groundbreaking director Brassard.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:30PM
Friday, November 18, 2022

From Toronto’s street dance scene to Broadway, Bobby ‘Pocket’ Horner is making a splash by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

The Ontario native got their start in the street dance sub-genres “popping” and “locking.” When “& Juliet” came knocking, they knew it was the right project for them.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:00AM
Thursday, November 17, 2022

Scarborough playwright Kanika Ambrose shines a light on immigration and motherhood by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Playwright, librettist and screenwriter Ambrose has seen firsthand the barriers to immigration. “They’re unfairly skewed to people from certain regions of the world.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM
Friday, November 4, 2022

‘It’ll move your soul a little’: How Andrew Broderick became Canadian Stage’s leading choir boy by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Andrew Broderick, a “Canadian Idol” alum and frequent face on Ontario’s most famous stages, leads in “Choir Boy” by “Moonlight” screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM
Saturday, October 29, 2022

From Toronto stages to the ‘Interview With the Vampire’ writers’ room, playwright Hannah Moscovitch is having a moment by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Moscovitch’s corporate drama ‘Post-Democracy’ premieres at Tarragon Theatre in November.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:49PM
Friday, October 28, 2022

Calgary native brings solo show about anti-brown racism to off-Broadway by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

“Being a Canadian expat out here in the States, I’ve seen this rise of xenophobia firsthand. And it’s felt very scary at times,” says Sundeep Morrison.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:00AM
Sunday, October 23, 2022

‘The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale’ at Soulpepper is as good as its title and just as charming by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Haley McGee and director Mitchell Cushman are a dream team, two masterminds with a penchant for controlled chaos and mess, and they’re both at the top of their game.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:58AM
Friday, October 21, 2022

‘Indecent’ confronts the history of Jewish theatre with style and verve by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Studio 180’s take on Paula Vogel’s gorgeous play corrects the record of Sholem Asch’s “God of Vengeance,” and it does so with heart and grit.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:33PM

That’s so fetch! Meet the Mirvish It girls lighting up the stage in Tina Fey’s ‘Mean Girls’ by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

“This is an age-old tale. And it’ll always be around because it will always matter,” says Jasmine Rogers on the staying power of “Mean Girls.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:00AM
Sunday, October 16, 2022

How do you translate Shakespeare into Mohawk? Ask Stratford Festival artist Wahsontí:io Kirby by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

“Ultimately, it’s all to serve,” said Wahsontí:io Kirby, who acts in “1939” and contributed Mohawk translations of Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well.” “The spirit…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Wednesday, October 12, 2022

‘This is what theatre is supposed to be:’ How Paula Vogel’s ‘Indecent’ remembers a century of dramatic censorship by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

“Indecent” premiered on Broadway in 2017 when Vogel was 65 and had already won a Pulitzer Prize for “How I Learned to Drive.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
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

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