All stories by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic on BroadwayStars

Saturday, January 28, 2023

The work that went into ‘Fall on Your Knees’ is inspiring and humbling by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Camellia Koo’s set is visually striking — tall diagonal wooden slats create a frame over the stage — and Leigh Ann Vardy’s lighting helps shift location and mood in sometimes natural…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:51PM
Thursday, January 26, 2023

How do you solve a problem like an outdated play or musical? by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“Some Like It Hot” on Broadway does a spectacular job of it. “Funny Girl” not so much, despite the star presence of Lea Michele.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:00AM
Thursday, January 12, 2023

‘Illuminated Text’ brings Shakespeare and the Stratford experience to homes across Canada by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Interactive video experience offers deep dives into the Bard’s works, allowing the festival to engage with people across the country and beyond.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:10PM
Tuesday, January 10, 2023

‘Fifteen Dogs’ at Crow’s Theatre offers a dog’s eye view of Toronto by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This month Crow’s Theatre is producing the world premiere stage version of “Fifteen Dogs,” adapted and directed by Marie Farsi and featuring a cast of six.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Saturday, December 17, 2022

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a crowd-pleaser but shows its age at times by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The show’s simple, hooky premise — a song cycle in different pop genres retelling the Biblical story of Joseph — is an opportunity for one spectacular musical number after another

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:46PM
Monday, December 12, 2022

Entertaining and hard-hitting, ‘’da Kink in My Hair’ still holds up 20 years later by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

New Soulpepper and TO Live production is updated with topical references while maintaining the dramatic situation and structure that are key to the play’s success.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:09PM
Friday, December 2, 2022

Ross Petty couldn’t leave 25 years of pantos behind without playing his ‘favourite evil person’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Now that his company’s holiday pantos are coming to an end, Petty will take one final bow as Captain Hook in “Peter’s Final Flight.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM
Thursday, December 1, 2022

‘Shenanigans and love happen’: Alexis Gordon welcomes her role in ‘White Christmas’ after a year of darker theatre material by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Gordon won a Dora Award for “Room” and starred in “The Doctor’s Dilemma,” with more to come in 2023. She’s tired, but it’s a “champagne problem.”

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

Allan Louis is excellent as pioneering Black actor Ira Aldridge in ‘Red Velvet’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Lolita Chakrabarti’s 2012 play is an ambitious work of activist theatre history served up in an entertaining package of 19th-century backstage drama.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:30PM
Friday, November 18, 2022

Hannah Moscovitch’s ‘Post-Democracy’ gives us a ‘Succession’-like story of despicable behaviour among the super-rich by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The actors impressively deliver the extreme naturalism of the performance style, but the play leaves us with little hope.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:04PM

The ballet ‘MADDADDAM’ should be like Margaret Atwood’s novels: something you can’t put down, says Wayne McGregor by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

McGregor’s ballet based on the ‘MaddAddam’ book trilogy has its world premiere in Toronto Nov. 23 and Atwood’s looking forward to being surprised.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM
Monday, November 14, 2022

The music makes this Canadian Stage production of ‘Choir Boy’ soar by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The play’s plotting is not always strong, but its cast, led by Andrew Broderick, digs beautifully into its language and songs.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:31PM
Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Here goes ‘UnCovered’ again with the music of ABBA by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Latest in Musical Stage Company’s ‘UnCovered’ concert series puts a new spin on the songs of the Swedish supergroup Nov. 8 to 10.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Friday, November 4, 2022

This excellently acted ‘Three Sisters’ doesn’t always connect by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Cavernous theatre and raised stage can put emotional and psychological distance between actors and audience, but it’s worth going for Robert Persichini’s performance alone.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:12PM
Friday, October 28, 2022

‘The Waltz’ at Factory Theatre is a sweet romance with substance by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This sequel to Marie Beath Badian’s “Prairie Nurse” shows how the lives of that play’s heroines diverged and shaped the experiences of their Filipino-Canadian offspring.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:24PM
Monday, October 10, 2022

Iraqi actor Ahmed Moneka came to Toronto in 2015 and couldn’t go home. Now he’s on stage in ‘Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Ahmed Moneka marks a professional milestone by playing a major role at a Toronto theatre — one in which he brings his life experience to bear.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Sunday, October 2, 2022

This ‘Jaws’ play didn’t need a bigger theatre by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The waves never peak, nor does the action in the intimate three-header ‘The Shark is Broken,’ now struggling to fill the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:30PM
Sunday, September 25, 2022

Family bickering and a current of violence keep things dark and edgy in ‘Public Enemy’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Canadian Stage boldly launches its 2022-23 season with a precise performance of a troubling play by Québécois provocateur Olivier Choinière

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:51PM
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Stratford’s ‘Hamlet-911’ suffers from too many layers of issues and subplots by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The riff-on-‘Hamlet’ play by Canadian novelist and playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald collapses under the weight of all it tries to achieve.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Monday, September 12, 2022

Indigenous stories find expression through Shakespeare in the Stratford Festival’s ‘1939’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Jani Lauzon’s and Kaitlyn Riordan’s play shows Shakespeare may not necessarily always represent the cold, dead hand of colonialism.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:09PM
Monday, August 29, 2022

Wole Soyinka’s masterpiece ‘Death and the King’s Horseman’ gets a thrilling Stratford Festival production by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The festival has provided the resources and time to do the script justice and Tawiah M’Carthy leads a world-class company in a staging as moving as it is thought-provoking.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:39PM
Sunday, August 28, 2022

Stratford’s ‘The Miser’ gets a richly comic reward from star Colm Feore by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Thoroughly up-to-date script and a production right in director Antoni Cimolino’s wheelhouse add up to a delight, writes Karen Fricker.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:45PM
Thursday, August 25, 2022

Making theatre safe, culturally specific and nuanced is the job of these professionals by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Stratford and other theatres are turning frequently to consultants in the wake of the #MeToo movement and the global racial reckoning sparked by the murder of George Floyd.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM
Saturday, August 13, 2022

Actors shine in a longish modern spin on beloved ‘Little Women’ at Stratford by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Jordi Mand’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved autobiographical novel as directed by Esther Jun, begins with a delightful flourish but sags in the second half

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:30AM

Insider tips on where to go, shop and eat in Stratford this summer by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Thinking of taking in a few shows in Festival City? The little Ontario town is more than just theatre.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Monday, August 8, 2022

A tangled love story unfolds with lavish costumes and expert performances in Stratford’s ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The riddle of Shakespeare’s dark comedy is taken to extremes but comes around to a resolution, thanks to arresting stagecraft and an excellent cast

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:30PM
Thursday, August 4, 2022

Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ is reimagined as a ‘utopia’ with talking plants for the Dream in High Park by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Director Anand Rajaram wanted it to work for children or those who don’t know Shakespeare. “There’s a very strong cartoon esthetic to the show.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Thomas Mitchell Barnet is still figuring out Scorpius Malfoy in ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“You can’t count on getting a part with this much to do, ever. So I’m just trying to enjoy this,” Barnet says.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:03PM
Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Two very different Hamlets open a conversation about where the Stratford Festival is heading by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Amaka Umeh is the festival’s first female, Black “Hamlet.” Mike Shara plays an actor in “Hamlet-911,” a “middle-aged white guy making room for the next generation of Hamlets.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

With a winning smile, Aliya Kanani drops truth bombs at the Fringe festival about doing comedy as a Muslim woman by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Toronto-based performer is taking this well-structured and entertaining hour of stand-up around the world

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:22PM
Monday, July 11, 2022

He went viral with his I-quit-from-Starbucks song. Now comic songwriter Anesti Danelis has a Fringe revue taking aim at self-help books by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Having built a following on YouTube, the Toronto-based artist is back with a new laugh-filled, live-music how

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 11:34AM

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