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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

‘The Jungle’ makes clear that working this hard isn’t working by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Play at Tarragon is a brisk, lively look at the numbing grind of working-class living in 2019.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

With new Soulpepper production and more, Indigenous history is entering the spotlight at last by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Stories like Almighty Voice’s bring the past of Canada’s Indigenous peoples the attention it’s been deprived of for decades.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

New play tells the federal-election story as seen from the grassroots — and the land by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

‘The Election’ builds a narrative around the experiences of average campaign volunteers and folds in Indigenous perspectives and a conceit that serves to aid the visually impaired.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Girl from the North Country makes strikingly moving theatre out of Bob Dylan songs by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Hard-luck characters’ stories aren’t fully fleshed out but between the songs, the performers and show creator Conor McPherson, what emerges is powerfully melancholy anyhow, writes Karen …

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Friday, October 4, 2019

‘Un Poyo Rojo’ is silly, sexy, sweet and sort of slight by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Locker-room mocking of toxic masculinity is not revolutionary but it’s sometimes quite funny and always physically impressive.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Yaga is a hilarious, ambitious vehicle for great actors to strut their stuff by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Kat Sandler’s newest has feminism, a meaty story and an excellent cast to bring it all to life.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Book of Life is a powerful reflection on the Rwandan genocide by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Multimedia project by Odile Gakire Katese is a way of addressing momentous and challenging questions, writes Karen Fricker.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Actually’s brilliant actors lead audience into risky territory about sex by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Justly celebrated play puts millennials, hookup culture, alcohol and a lot more under the microscope.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

No Foreigners explores the culture that is a suburban Chinese mall, ingeniously and in detail by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Voice actors, wooden figurines and projections dramatize a sometimes confusing story at touring play now at Toronto’s Theatre Centre.

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Friday, September 13, 2019
Sunday, September 1, 2019

In Prince Edward County, culture is increasingly becoming one of the charms by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

With Wellington Water Week having just finished its second year and the Festival Players selling out their season, transplants like Graham Abbey and Johannes Debus are building up the artist…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Elena Lev was 12 when she first appeared in Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria. She and the show are back 25 years later by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

In the first instance of Cirque du Soleil bringing a show out of retirement, the retooled Alegria: In a New Light comes to Toronto in September.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

The play ‘Art’ is dependable entertainment, but is it itself art? by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Those who prefer theatre that takes formal risks, comments on pressing societal concerns and pushes the art form in new directions will likely find it hard to invest much in ‘Art,’ write…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Birds of a Kind goes places rarely seen in English-language theatre by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Wajdi Mouawad’s play, now at Stratford, goes deep into the Israel/Palestine conflict and offers a profound experience of feeling and thought, writes Karen Fricker.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Thanks to Tom Rooney, the Shaw Festival’s Cyrano de Bergerac breaks your heart by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Shaw’s design, costume and makeup teams also deserve praise. And Kate Hennig has brought a welcome contemporary sensibility to the text, writes Karen Fricker.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Two old friends, two new plays with links to internet culture at SummerWorks by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Graham Isador returns to theatre festival with White Heat, about a journalist faced with alt-right hostility; Lauren Gillis brings Safe and Sorry, about pickup culture, writes Karen Fricker.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Howard Barker’s Victory is dark, offensive and shocking — and possibly one of the best English plays ever written by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The lead actors in the Shaw Festival’s production of Victory share their admiration for a play that’s extreme but also ‘incredibly human and funny’.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Soulpepper’s Fool for Love challenges Sam Shepard’s mythology, but performances need to deepen by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

It may take more time for Cara Gee and Eion Bailey to flesh out their performances to fill the stage, writes Karen Fricker.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Measure for Measure in High Park races but stays relevant by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The fast-paced version has pleasing performances even if the running time renders part of the climax improbable.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Recipe for Waitress is sweet — almost too sweet by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Songs are so good and Christine Dwyer so strong in the lead that it’s a bit hard to accept why she’s with her lout of a husband.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Shakespeare in High Park creates ‘sense of community’ — and that includes the raccoons and squirrels by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This season’s directors, Liza Balkan and Severn Thompson, tell Karen Fricker about the challenges of producing condensed Shakespeare in the great outdoors.

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Shaw Festival gives Mae West’s 1926 play Sex a thrillingly modern sensibility by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

While the writing is overwrought by contemporary standards, the actors commit to the situation while director Peter Hinton-Davis infuses it with the politics of sex and gender circa 2019, wr…

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Friday, July 5, 2019

The actors slay in Shaw Festival’s The Ladykillers, even if the humour sometimes doesn’t by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Graham Linehan’s written some great one-liners and the cast are zinging them well. What has yet to come together is the production’s overall rhythm and tone, writes Karen Fricker.

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Sara Bareilles credits writing Waitress songs for opening up ‘endless possibilities’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Musical hitting Toronto next month was an inspiring, even life-altering gig for pop songwriter.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Pick up an actor in your car and drive off into the story — it’s theatre for the age of Uber by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Fu-GEN Theatre Company’s wildly ambitious show Fearless lets drivers around Markham pick up actors and experience theatre in their own vehicles.

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Soulpepper’s Rose grabs four Dora Awards by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Canadian Opera Company also scores with Eugene Onegin, the big winner in the opera category, as awards honouring Toronto’s theatre community got handed out Tuesday.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Jumbo the elephant lives again on the Blyth Festival stage by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Sean Dixon’s play about the ‘world’s first animal superstar’ revisits his life and death in St. Thomas, Ontario, writes Karen Fricker.

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The Cave at Luminato asks us to listen to the animals by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This song cycle gives us sheltering in a cave from a massive forest fire, who entertain themselves and us even as the threat of destruction grows closer, writes Karen Fricker.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Why The Lion King and The Book of Mormon can still pack theatres by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Lion King enthralls with its design, music and performance while Mormon delivers risqué material ‘with a heart,’ theatre experts tell Karen Fricker.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Bridge-builder’s royalty-themed plays at Stratford Festival connects us to history by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Busy Kate Hennig’s plays, with their contemporary language, make us see historical figures in a more sympathetic light. That’s just one thing she working on, however.

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