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Friday, December 9, 2022

Ross Petty and Toronto pantomime favourites take one last bow in the delightful ‘Peter’s Final Flight’ by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Dan Chameroy, Eddie Glen and Sara-Jeanne Hosie return for a magical final goodbye.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:25PM
Thursday, December 8, 2022

Forget the ‘hoity-toity tuxes and gowns’ — at Opera Revue you can cheer and holler. No shushing allowed by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Events by companies like Opera Revue, Against the Grain and Tapestry Opera are part of an effort to make the art form more accessible.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Cirque du Soleil will return to Toronto next spring with touring show ‘Kooza’ by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

The Montreal-based circus company will bring their iconic big top to the site of the former Mr. Christie factory.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM
Monday, December 5, 2022

The Second City has a swanky new venue, but its inaugural main stage show, ‘Home Sweet New Home,’ can’t compete by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

The spirited ensemble draws some laughs from the material, but some of it feels stale and overlong.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:07PM
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Actors’ union to assist performers with recovery of unpaid wages after criticism it did not warn members for weeks by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

ACTRA Toronto said in an email it was reaching out to the production companies involved to recover cheques that were cashed by a talent agency which has ceased operations.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:24PM

Meet the band behind Mirvish’s ‘Fisherman’s Friends’ musical by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

These sea shanty-singing Cornish men started a ‘buoy band,’ inked a million-dollar-plus record deal and now have a musical celebrating their unlikely story, playing at the Royal Alexandr…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM
Monday, November 28, 2022

After 14 years and performances in eight countries on four continents, this Canadian play takes its final bow by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

The company of ‘The Last 15 Seconds’ reflects on the play’s monumental run ahead of its final performance in Kitchener on Dec. 1.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM
Friday, November 25, 2022

An imaginative and energetic ‘Snow White,’ led by a pair of dynamic performances, awakens at Young People’s Theatre by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Two actors play all 14 characters in this brilliantly directed production that has something in stores for audiences of all ages.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:27PM
Thursday, November 24, 2022

With potty-mouthed, clothes-stripping puppets, ‘Little Dickens’ is a risque and riotously hilarious twist on a classic Christmas tale by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Puppet master Ronnie Burkett’s somewhat parodic adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol’ is an R-rated campy affair filled with a multitude of marionettes.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:57PM
Friday, November 18, 2022

‘The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff’ may be the sleeper hit of the fall theatre season by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

The English folk group the Young’uns have crafted a touching ode to a working-class hero. It’s deceptively simple, powerfully moving and often hilarious.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00PM
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Patti LuPone, Scott Joplin’s ‘Treemonisha’ and a new Canadian opera highlight TO Live programming by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Fifteen shows will be presented across Toronto’s three major civic theatres: St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Meridian Arts Centre and Meridian Hall.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:34PM

Soulpepper’s 2023 spring lineup includes adaption of a Chekhov classic, new jazz concert and Tony-nominated play about apartheid by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

The company’s 2023 season features four distinct acts, the first of which, announced Tuesday, begins in February and includes four mainstage shows.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:26PM
Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Three artists reflect on the importance of Indigenous storytelling as the Weesageechak Begins to Dance festival returns by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Running from Thursday to Nov. 20, the 35th edition of the festival will feature works by more than 15 artists.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:01PM
Friday, November 4, 2022

‘Come From Away’ will play Gander in 2023, the first fully staged production of the musical in Newfoundland by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

“It means the world to be bringing a homegrown production of our show back to Gander,” says co-writer Irene Sankoff.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:21PM
Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Stratford Festival’s 2023 season to feature television star Paul Gross and Broadway actor Andrea Macasaet by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Festival favourites Seana McKenna, Lucy Peacock and Diana Leblanc will appear in Michel Tremblay’s classic comedy ‘Les Belles-Soeurs.’

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:11AM
Monday, October 31, 2022

The Second City to unveil new home in Toronto — with three theatres, a restaurant and a piece of comedy history by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

The improv sketch comedy troupe’s sprawling 28,700-square-foot venue at One York Street officially opens Nov. 30.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Friday, October 28, 2022

‘Mean Girls’ receives an uneven musical update but with Tina Fey’s signature humour still intact by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

The 2004 film has been refreshed for the social media age, showcasing Fey’s masterful wit, but Jeff Richmond’s and Nell Benjamin’s score drags down the production.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:59PM

Are Toronto theatregoers having too much fun? These Broadway productions show theatre can challenge, provoke and even offend by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

“A Strange Loop,” and revivals of “The Piano Lesson,” “Death of a Salesman,” “1776” and “Into the Woods” provide daring, stirring and groundbreaking theatre.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM
Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Actors allege they are owed thousands after Toronto talent agency ceases operations by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Artists, some owed more than $22,000, claim Compass and its president withheld payment for months after gigs.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:14PM

In ‘Human Measure,’ multimedia artist Cassils and choreographer Jasmine Albuquerque explore the tension between trans visibility and civil rights by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

The contemporary dance piece transforms the theatre into an analogue dark room — with nothing more than red safety lights illuminating the space.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:00AM
Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Trail-blazing actor Gary Farmer on his career, Indigenous representation and receiving the August Schellenberg Award of Excellence by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

For Farmer, advancing honest Indigenous representation onscreen and behind the scenes has been a key pillar of his work.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:10PM
Thursday, October 20, 2022

Measha Brueggergosman-Lee on her deliciously devilish turn in ‘Dido and Aeneas,’ as Opera Atelier returns home to the Elgin Theatre by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Brueggergosman-Lee stars as the Sorceress in Henry Purcell’s baroque opera, a beloved production in Opera Atelier’s repertoire

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Sunday, October 2, 2022

‘Come From Away,’ Canada’s most successful musical, concludes record-breaking Broadway run by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

The musical took its final bow Sunday, concluding a record-breaking, five-year run at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:30PM
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Donation of $15 million to 22 Canadian theatre companies by Slaight Family Foundation is a ‘transformational gift,’ theatre leaders say by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Theatre leaders say the funding boost will help them produce larger and more daring productions, ultimately altering programming for the seasons to come.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:15PM
Monday, September 26, 2022

Ho Ka Kei’s ‘Cockroach,’ a dense and poetic exploration of survival, identity and migration, is one of the strongest new plays this season by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Shimmering with rich language, colourful characters and Hanna Kiel’s beguiling choreography, ‘Cockroach’ delves deep into a deceptively simple story.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:34PM
Friday, September 23, 2022

After $13.5M expansion, Young People’s Theatre now has the room to ‘bring back joy for creation and imagination’ by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Renovation includes upgrades to YPT’s original theatre space plus a three-storey facility across the street with studios, classrooms and a mainstage-size rehearsal hall.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:18PM
Thursday, September 22, 2022

Soulpepper’s ‘Bad Parent,’ by ‘Kim’s Convenience’ creator Ins Choi, feels as chaotic as its central marriage by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

The new comedy, a co-production among three Canadian theatre companies, mostly cracks instead of crackles, despite strong performances.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:00AM
Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Ian Shaw hunts for the father who hunted for a great white shark in ‘Jaws’ in the stage comedy ‘The Shark Is Broken’ by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Ian Shaw plays his father, Robert Shaw, who died three years after starring as maniacal shark hunter Quint in the blockbuster thriller.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM

‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ to play Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre this winter by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Jac Yarrow will star in the title role, with West End and Broadway actor Linzi Hateley as the narrator.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Monday, September 19, 2022

‘Sweeney Todd,’ ‘Italian Mime Suicide’ and ‘Wildfire’ win big at 2022 Dora Awards by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

The awards show marked the first in-person Dora ceremony since 2019. Check out the full list of winners here.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:29PM
Thursday, September 1, 2022

Like father, like son: For Pakistani-Canadian actor Ali Kazmi, ‘Uncle Vanya’ runs in the family by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Kazmi stars in the Crow’s Theatre production of the Chekhovian classic as Astrov, a role his father played 15 years ago.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:00AM

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