All stories by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic on BroadwayStars

Monday, July 16, 2018

Josephine Ridge explains her sudden departure from Luminato by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“I still have a lot of ideas and energy to give,” says Ridge, who resigned last week as the festival artistic director, in an interview with the Star.

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Got World Cup withdrawal? Watch this classic rivalry by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

It’s Montagues vs. Capulets in Shakespeare in High Park’s enjoyable soccer-inspired take on Romeo and Juliet, writes Karen Fricker.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Soulpepper’s Orlando comes to life with Sarah Afful’s lustrous performance by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The production gains energy in the second act, as the title character becomes female and realizes she’s expected to behave the way she previously expected women to be: “obedient, chaste …

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

The man who put The King and I back on its musical throne by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Director Bartlett Sher dusted off the dated musical for an acclaimed revival that played Broadway and London before arriving for a run at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Shakespeare’s Coriolanus brought to the present at Stratford by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Director Robert Lepage re-invisions William Shakespeare’s play Coriolanus in his latest production at Statford.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Brontë sisters get written into a corner in Stratford play by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Creative choices mean the lives of famed English writers seldom get very lively, writes Karen Fricker.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Shaw Festival’s O’Flaherty V.C. goes short and silly on a long and serious war by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Kimberley Rampersad’s charming production revives the tradition of a short lunchtime show at the Shaw Festival, writes Karen Fricker.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina takes the Toronto stage in the urgent Burning Doors by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Burning Doors at Luminato, in part, tells the story of Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker imprisoned in Russia on a hunger strike since May 14.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Clever play Nassim lets audience and performer experience it for the first time by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

While the play is not overtly political, writer Nassim Soleimanpour is making points about freedoms we have in the West that we may take for granted.

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Stephen Fry tells great stories in Mythos: Men, but just what is he trying to say? by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Stephen Fry’s account of the Trojan War is typically gripping, but Karen Fricker wishes for more personal commentary on the ancient mythology he knows so well.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Stephen Fry’s ‘pure storytelling’ enlivens Mythos: Heroes at Shaw Festival by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“He’s taken his love of these myths and translated it and helped me understand why they’re amazing,” marvels our critic’s companion for part 2 of her Mythos diary.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Mythos: Gods engages Shaw Festival audience with the mythology of Stephen Fry by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Unlike some of his ancient Greek source material, Stephen Fry really knows how to spin a yarn, writes Karen Fricker in part 1 of her Mythos trilogy diary.

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Stratford’s twist of Rocky Horror plays on nostalgia by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Donna Feore’s production brings top-notch musical theatre talent to the plate.

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Stratford’s The Comedy of Errors takes fun risks with LGBTQ twist by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Gender and queer desire take spotlight in this adventurous spin on Shakespeare’s classic mistaken-identity story.

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‘We’re in a culture war here’ — two fierce shows boldly represent the new Ireland by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Two acclaimed productions kicking off Toronto’s Luminato Festival, RIOT and Swan Lake/Loch na hEala, are brash representations of modern-day Ireland’s break from tradition.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Why To Kill a Mockingbird needs to be onstage in 2018 by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The racism of 1935 is still happening today and young theatregoers need to talk about it, says Nigel Shawn Williams, directing for the Stratford Festival.

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The Music Man reminds us of the joy of the Stratford Festival in wake of bomb threat by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Just one night after a bomb threat cancelled season opener The Tempest, Donna Feore’s staging of this beloved 1957 musical captivates the audience, writes Karen Fricker.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Innocence Lost: A Play About Steven Truscott is a well-done portrait of how a country lost its innocence by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Soulpepper Theatre production demonstrates that the lines of truth and fiction, goodness and evil, can never be drawn definitively, writes Karen Fricker.

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Shaw Festival production of two of Bernard Shaw’s romance and marriage plays don’t always inspire love by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The actors in How He Lied to Her Husband don’t go full-tilt at the farce while acting styles vary in The Man of Destiny, writes Karen Fricker.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Amid the old plays at Shaw Festival, a new challenge for a performer by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Veteran performer Kimberley Rampersad tries a Shaw Festival feat: onstage in one show, directing another.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Is it a farce? Is it a rom-com? Stage Kiss fails to find balance between the two in Shaw Festival production by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Fiona Byrne and Martin Happer play the developing intimacy between their characters effectively, but the dials don’t go high enough on the hijinks around them, writes Karen Fricker.

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Shaw Festival builds a magical imaginary world in The Magician’s Nephew by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Audience buy-in is required to make the design and performance come together in adaptation of C.S. Lewis novel, writes Karen Fricker.

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Classic play Maggie & Pierre tells Justin Trudeau origin story by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Kaitlyn Riordan stands up impressively to a major acting challenge, playing Pierre and Margaret Trudeau plus a journalist in revival of landmark 1980 show, writes Karen Fricker.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Dissidents immerses its audience in surveillance culture in a former furniture warehouse by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Philippe Ducros’ play is full of intense material, which this Arcstage production amps up several notches, but sometimes it becomes overwhelming, writes Karen Fricker.

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The actors in After the Blackout are disabled, but the play’s not just about disability by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Judith Thompson wrote ‘juicy scenes’ for her characters in After the Blackout, in which their disabilities are ‘just a by the way’.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

The ’94 Club a problematic passion project for first-time playwright by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Thalia Gonzalez Kane’s play tells the story of a group of 15-year-old girls who start a sex club.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Theatre festival has big ambitions for Toronto’s littlest audiences by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Early years theatre, a European movement to create stage productions for audiences as young as 2 weeks old, comes to Toronto with WeeFestival, writes Karen Fricker.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Daniel Brooks and Kim Collier’s performance piece is uniquely personal, but hard to enjoy by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

40 Days and 40 Nights is clearly personal and important to its mid-career, married creators, but shades of Orientalism and mandatory, intimate audience participation makes it uncomfortable a…

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Prairie Nurse is a mistaken-identity story based on casual racism, and thanks to its big heart it works by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The characters are all generous and pretty harmless, and they’re trying to find their way through the experience of difference while frequently falling on their faces, writes Karen Fricker.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Leap into experimentation pays off at Toronto’s annual Circus Sessions by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Annual Harbourfront event returns this weekend, with new creations flowing out of new social bonds forged among the gathered artists.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

The play Mikveh can be eye-opening, but as theatre it’s less than subtle by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Harold Green Jewish Theatre production tells a familiar newcomer-in-a-closed-world story, set in a women’s ritual bath in Jerusalem, writes Karen Fricker.

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