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Thursday, October 17, 2019

A Black woman as Hamlet makes history at Stratford by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Veteran Colm Feore will do double duty at 2020’s festival in “Richard III” and “The Miser” while Toronto’s up-and-comer Amaka Umeh will take on the title role in “Hamlet.”

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Election revisits 2015 and crosses all sorts of lines along the way by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

New play is a look at how our political affiliations (or our political oppositions) form and challenge our identities, values and beliefs.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Ghost Quartet’s shape-shifting, foot-stomping dreamscape another win for Crow’s Theatre by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Dave Malloy’s raucous song cycle plays in stark contrast to the solitude of The Flick, the theatre’s other standout autumn offering.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

‘The Flick’ taps into the melancholy of millennials and the magic of moviegoing by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The buzz surrounding “The Flick” meant that Toronto audiences were ready to sit in silence, having already been waiting patiently and quietly for years for the play to finally arrive.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Second City’s retro revue If I Could #Throwback Time let audience off the hook by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Look back at 1980s is fun, if a bit ragged, and has lots to say about today.

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‘Hilot Means Healer’ and its tale of war and recovery aren’t perfectly whole yet by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Second World War story of a man reeling from battle and encountering traditional shamanic teachings in the Philippines.

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Broken Tailboneturns theatre into a Latinx dance hall by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

An entertaining shakeup of Toronto’s tamer theatre scene, not only asking audiences to listen to Aguirre’s stories from the dance floor, but channel its energy into our bodies as well.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

At Carmen Aguirre’s ‘Broken Tailbone,’ the audience ‘can’t hide in the dark’ by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Part theatre, part history lecture and part salsa dance lesson, the show will challenge the audience to move their bodies as their brains take in Aguirre’s words.

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Saturday, September 28, 2019
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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Falling for language’s power — and danger — smartly captured in Knives in Hens by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The sentiments behind David Harrower’s 1995 play about a feudal couple mostly hold up, aided by strong performances at Toronto’s Coal Mine Theatre.

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Monday, September 23, 2019
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Thursday, September 19, 2019

The music of play The Band’s Visit warrants an encore by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

You’ll wish to hear even more of the winning songs of this show at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Stars embrace playing Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf, ‘the kind of women everybody’s trying to be right now’ by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Friends, artistic giants and maybe lovers, the 20th-century twosome get a more personal examination in the North American version of this stage hit.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Soulpepper’s Betrayal is short on romance in its love triangle by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

It’s an entertaining look at three rich, intelligent people toying with each other in Harold Pinter’s masterpiece but, as an exploration of desire and relationships, it’s stiff and col…

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

How to find cheap theatre tickets in Toronto by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Discount sellers, pay-what-you-can, even ushering at the theatre in exchange for freebies: Carly Maga looks at options if you’re on a budget.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Shaw Festival’s Man and Superman takes leaps but doesn’t fly by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The cast ably delivers Shaw’s text in marathon production, including Don Juan in Hell, but the production is missing a visual language to match its verbal depths, writes Carly Maga.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

In The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare in the Ruff zeroes in on the corrosive power of unchecked men by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Instead of idly waiting for her family to reassemble, Hermione has taken a much more active role in articulating director Sarah Kitz’s theme of patriarchal corruption, writes Carly Maga.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

In the Stratford Festival’s The Crucible, there is empathy for the young women of Salem by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Jonathan Goad’s production begins without assuming the girls have fabricated the illnesses that spur speculations of witchcraft for foolish, selfish reasons, writes Carly Maga.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

For Toronto’s Lee family, actors Richard and Eponine and director Nina Lee Aquino, work is play by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

After a busy summer for the whole family, father and daughter will appear in Shakespeare in the Ruff’s The Winter’s Tale together, writes Carly Maga.

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The Stratford Festival puts a modern sheen on 1928 newspaper comedy The Front Page. by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

What really makes this Front Page feel fresh is its social, gender, racial and character complications — things that a mainstream audience in 2019 is much more equipped and eager to invest…

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Monday, August 12, 2019

All’s Well That Ends Well gets a romantic twist from Dauntless City Theatre, but it fails to convince by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Cross-gender and cross-racial casting bring it into 2019, but these interventions can’t resolve the fundamentally cynical relationships in Shakespeare’s problem play, writes Carly Maga.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Shaw Festival’s Victory strips some of the urgency from Howard Barker’s incredible text by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The production has one of the most impressive casts in recent memory, but the audience is given no signposts to follow the story, writes Carly Maga.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

A kindler, gentler season is announced at the Coal Mine Theatre by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

People want to come to the theatre to feel safe, says co-artistic director Diana Bentley.

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Music adds punch to A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Bard’s Bus Tour by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The music gives Shakespeare’s text that extra flair that is a Driftwood Theatre signature, but the commentary on our social-media, phone-obsessed culture feels shoehorned in, writes Carly …

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Second Woman sees actress tackle the same scene 100 times over 24 hours by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Laara Sadiq co-star in the marathon event is 100 amateurs, rotated in over the course of a full day at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Shaw’s Brigadoon just the latest darker reinterpretation of a classic musical by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

New staging of Lerner & Loewe show follows more troubling takes on Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady and more.

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