All stories by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic on BroadwayStars

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Entire board steps down at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Two board members will stay on temporarily in an administrative capacity during a transitional period in which Buddies will rebuild the board.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:51PM
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

After an epic pivot, the Next Stage Festival shifts online by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Yes, they’d rather play in person, but creators of three of the nine shows are happy to share their work digitally around the world.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:11PM
Thursday, December 16, 2021

Audience and cast of ‘Come From Away’ welcome each other back in emotional night at the theatre by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“I’ve had a lot of openings in my life and this is probably the most overwhelming experience,” says actor Lisa Horner.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:15PM
Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Tyrone Huntley suddenly found himself on stage with Alvin Crawford for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ after a lead actor was arrested on Jan. 6 riot cha by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Huntley from England and Brampton’s Crawford play side by side in the show, currently running till Jan. 2 at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:30AM
Monday, December 6, 2021

With electric staging, dancing and singing, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ offers catharsis to pandemic-weary Toronto audiences by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The excellent cast dig deep into the songs; the band rocks hard and the choreography offers physical expression of the intense, shifting emotions.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:16PM
Friday, December 3, 2021

A composer and a gentleman: Canadian theatre artists remember Stephen Sondheim by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“The most important thing that he taught us was never underestimate your audience. If you don’t do your best they’ll know.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:56PM
Thursday, December 2, 2021

Electrifying, visceral and deeply emotional: this ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ aims to deliver the ‘wow factor’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The production that hit Toronto this week — making headlines over the arrest of its lead actor in the Capitol riot — is meant to be as much rock gig as stage musical, giving audiences th…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:30AM
Thursday, November 18, 2021

Loyal patrons and a cheque from Martha Henry kept the Coal Mine Theatre going through pandemic times by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“If we were grateful to them before, now we’re indebted,” says Coal Mine co-founder Diana Bentley. The tiny Danforth theatre returns with a half season of two highly acclaimed plays.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Dusty props and tears of joy: returning to live theatre ‘feels fantastic’ for local artists by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“Come From Away” stage manager stepped into a “time capsule” his first time back in the theatre since March 13, 2020. Shaw Festival performers cried when they played “Irving Berlin…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:52PM
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Canada’s ‘Harry Potter’ can’t wait to bring ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ to Toronto. Tickets go on sale Dec. 1 by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Canadian actor Trevor White is ‘nervous but thrilled’ to portray an adult Harry Potter in the blockbuster play that picks up nearly two decades from where J.K. Rowling’s books left off…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Shakespeare’s King Henry V becomes a protest leader in Toronto in ‘Henry G20’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

‘As a piece of art this play will do its job to educate people,’ says lead actor Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah. The play is set during the G20 protests of 2010 when police kettled hundreds o…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:30AM
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Musical Stage Company invites audiences into Dolly Parton’s world with UnCovered concert by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

‘She’s this great unifier,’ says Fiona Sauder. The concert will use the ‘connective tissue’ of Parton’s music to help audiences celebrate being together again.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:30AM
Saturday, September 25, 2021

What does the word ‘home’ mean? Three theatre artists explain in ‘The Home Project’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

For Akosua Amo-Adem, it’s about being a Ghana-born Canadian, which she explores through standup comedy. Cheyenne Scott and Qasim Khan also perform in ‘The Home Project.’

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:30AM
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

After 101 years, the Ed Mirvish Theatre gets yet another name change by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Toronto venue that started out as the Pantages in 1920 will now be the CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 11:00AM
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The stress of being a child stage actor made Maggie Blake physically sick. She wants to make sure no other young person endures that by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Blake served as a youth advocate this summer on the Stratford Festival’s “R+J,” an adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet.” Her role included helping 14-year-old Eponine Lee as Juliet eng…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:49PM
Friday, September 10, 2021

What role do racial slurs play onstage? The Shaw and Stratford festivals consider the use of a particularly offensive word in the wake of a racial rec by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Both festivals are staging productions this summer in which the N-word is used. To some Black theatre artists, removing the word isn’t a solution: ‘If you decide to cut that term, you de…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM
Friday, September 3, 2021

When ‘The Crown’ left Black voices out of an episode about Kenya, Marcia Johnson got angry — and then she wrote a play by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

‘They were in a continent filled with Black people and all they did was moon at the princess,’ the playwright says about the Season 1 episode. In ‘Serving Elizabeth,’ she revisits th…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM

Gen Z’s climate rage inspired Jordan Tannahill’s ‘Is My Microphone On?’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The theatre piece presents the climate emergency as a generational inheritance that baby boomers and Gen X-ers have passed on to today’s youth, and channels the fury of Greta Thunberg and …

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Sunday, August 29, 2021

Twenty five years after they first worked on Three Tall Women together, Edward Albee’s play holds a deeper meaning for Martha Henry and Diana Leblan by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

While telling a story about playwright Edward Albee, actor Martha Henry holds a photo up to the screen: A photo of Albee, looking intensely at the camera and stroking a white cat.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Friday, August 6, 2021

Open your ears to the extraordinary theatre experience of ‘Blindness’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The word “immersive” gets thrown around a lot these days, and in this case the description is merited: All of the elements of this production combine to place you at the centre of its di…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:00PM
Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Audiences are being welcomed back to outdoor theatre all over Ontario — even the wildlife is invited by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

From Shakespeare in the Ruff (stray wild animals included) to Guild Festival Theatre, from a remount of ‘Alphonse’ to Here for Now Theatre in Stratford, from ‘The Motorcycle Monologues…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:30AM
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

With graves confirmed at former residential schools, the cast of Tomson Highway’s ‘The Rez Sisters’ finds deeper meaning in the play by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

‘It was written in 1986 … all of the characters were affected by residential school,’ says actor Tracey Nepinak, part of the all-Indigenous cast of the Stratford Festival production.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:09PM
Saturday, July 24, 2021

Curtains reopen on Shaw and Stratford festivals with outdoor productions of “The Devil’s Disciple” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Theatre under the canopies allows producers to make full use of the audience space in ‘joyful, satisfying heartbreaking’ return

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:18PM
Thursday, July 22, 2021

How Stratford and Shaw brought theatre festivals back to life in Ontario by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Both theatres are premiering their first plays of the season this week, and it’s been a monumental and emotional journey to get here.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 11:09AM
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

The circus skills are top notch in ‘Together Apart, Summer, Cirque’ — a welcome return to live performance in the GTA by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The circus acts include hoop diving, Cyr wheel, aerial silks, juggling and Chinese pole: acrobats scrambling up, spinning around and doing death dives off of vertical poles. Most thrillingly…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:36PM

Outdoors now, indoors in the fall (maybe): How theatre is coming back in Ontario by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Here’s what the Shaw Festival, the Stratford Festival, Mirvish Productions and other theatre companies in Toronto have planned as they welcome patrons back to live performances — with pl…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

It’s pandemic-friendly, kid-friendly and acrobat-friendly: The circus is back in town by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Montreal’s 7 Fingers brings ‘Together Apart, Summer Cirque’ to the Markham Fairgrounds. Its artists have been missing performing ‘death-defying acts,’ says 7 Fingers co-artistic di…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:27PM
Monday, June 28, 2021

‘C-O-N-T-A-C-T’ is acted out while, all around, Torontonians go about their daily lives. The sense of enchantment that engenders is a beautiful gi by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

But given the immersive show’s otherwise impressive attention to detail, it’s disappointing that the English-language soundtrack still features the voices of actors from the London, U.K.…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:10PM
Thursday, June 24, 2021

A new musical theatre show ponders aloneness and togetherness — no, not in the pandemic, during the 2003 blackout by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Toronto’s Musical Stage Company presents ‘BLACKOUT’ from July 23 to Aug. 15 — fittingly, under the stars at the High Park Amphitheatre.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Monday, May 31, 2021

Why are film and TV productions allowed to go on and theatre groups can’t even rehearse? arts coalition asks the Ford government by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Close to 100 arts organizations ask the province to amend its Roadmap to Reopen or risk more damage to the already devastated performing arts industry.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:23PM
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Only two of the four actors doing the Zoom play ‘An Acorn’ will have rehearsed it — and that’s part of the fun of it by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Toronto actors Blythe Haynes and Ryan G. Hinds have been rehearsing a week in advance. English actors Mina Anwar and Darren Jeffries will come into the May 6 performance pretty much cold. …

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM

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