All stories by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic on BroadwayStars

Friday, April 9, 2021

The show will go on, beleaguered performing arts companies hope — but mostly outdoors by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

With the latest COVID-19 stay-at-home order in Ontario preventing theatre companies from even rehearsing or recording content, organizations are cautiously planning late spring or summer sho…

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Friday, March 12, 2021

In the 1930s a Black actor from Canada played God in a hit Broadway play — now another Black actor is bringing him back to audiences by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Richard B. Harrison made a living touring North America reading Shakespeare and poetry until ‘The Green Pastures’ came along. Actor Walter Borden and director Jeff Culbert want to make s…

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

As shows like ‘Come From Away’ and ‘Hamilton’ play to full houses in Australia, the rest of the theatre world watches and waits by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Some of the world’s most successful musicals are hitting Australian stages thanks to that country’s COVID-19 measures. In Toronto, where theatres are still closed, arts organizations are…

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

‘A year ago, I would not have applied for this job’: Karine Ricard on becoming the first Black leader of a professional Francophone theatre compan by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Ricard, who takes over the helm of the Théâtre français de Toronto in July, joins a number of other recently appointed female Black theatre leaders in Toronto, including Weyni Mengesha at…

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Drag performer Taylor Mac has a Christmas treat for you: a livestreamed version of variety show ‘Holiday Sauce’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

TO Live and Buddies in Bad Times are among the international organizations supporting ‘Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce — Pandemic!’ — a vaudeville-style revue of musical numbers, film, …

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Friday, December 4, 2020

How Toronto’s Harold Green Jewish Theatre brought the world together for ‘A Global Hanukkah Celebration’ concert by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

From Berlin to Sydney, Toronto’s co-artistic directors David Eisner and Avery Saltzman bring together a dozen Jewish theatres from around the world to link up in seasonal concert

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Students connect with online play’s real-life pandemic plot by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Theatre Direct’s new online show pulls young audiences in with its Zoom-style staging and post-show talkback.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Stratford fest creates deliciously ridiculous online soap opera to get us through a COVID-19 winter by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Freshly created web series ‘Leer Estates’ is just one highlight of theatre fest’s new digital subscription service, also a Shakespearean game show and films of famed stage productions …

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

First came the pandemic, then the Black Lives Matter uprising: Toronto’s theatre industry has to find a way to address both by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

What will the future hold for theatre in Toronto? It has to extend beyond how to stage live productions again during COVID-19 to the very structure of organizations, to who’s making theatr…

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Playwright Tomson Highway on why artists need to fight evil by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Cree playwright, whose ‘The Cave’ is part of the online Luminato Festival, says ‘the greater the challenge the greater the fight,’ whether it’s anti-Black racism, climate chang…

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Watch: In the musical ‘In Real Life,’ characters communicate online. When COVID-19 struck, life imitated art on Zoom by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Thanks to technology and the perseverance of all involved, Sheridan College put on a workshop production of the show this month, with rehearsals and a performance all happening online, write…

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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Disaster insurance keeps the Shaw Festival going by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

As theatres across Canada close their seasons due to COVID-19, a policy update three years ago keeps the Shaw’s staff employed and rehearsing

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Thursday, March 26, 2020
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Friday, March 6, 2020

‘Hamilton’ stars want more noise from Toronto audience by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The actors in the top roles from ‘Hamilton’ talk about how they got here and the noise they’d like to hear from their Toronto audience.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

‘Sunday in the Park With George’ is a Pulitzer Prize-winning musical — and it’s never had a full production in Toronto by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Opinions vary as to why. Is it the challenges of the staging, a second act that some consider weak or the fact it’s about artists and making art?

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

‘Lady Sunrise’ offers moving portraits of isolation and psychological struggle by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

While the play is full of loss, the meta-story behind it is that of empowerment: nearly all the lead creatives and the entire cast are Asian-Canadian women, writes Karen Fricker.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

What do you do when the love of your life fails you? Vivek Shraya turned it into a solo show by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

‘How to Fail as a Popstar’ is about how the author, visual artist, filmmaker and trans activist failed at what she wanted more than anything: to make it as a pop musician. But she’ll a…

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

At ‘You and I,’ it’s OK if theatregoers wander onstage during the performance by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The play at Young People’s Theatre is for children 12 to 30 months old — or ‘explorers,’ as playwright Maja Ardal likes to call them.

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Critics who aren’t Indigenous, Black or people of colour aren’t invited to ‘bug.’ Yolanda Bonnell explains why by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Indigenous theatre artist says “bug” is an artistic ceremony, which she says “does not align with colonial reviewing practices.”

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Harry and Meghan as a Second City sketch? A look at how the comedy group improvises its shows by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

What’s the method behind the Second City magic? We put these questions to the director of “She The People.”

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Sex, pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth: Hannah Moscovitch explains why she put some of her most intimate experiences into her plays by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

‘Many women have the exact same set of experiences that I do. No one talks about it,’ Moscovitch tells Karen Fricker. And, yes, it’s been scary, but she plans to keep putting personal …

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Measha Brueggergosman and Jully Black forged a relationship through adversity — now they’re bringing their bond to the stage by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The R&B and opera divas star in ‘Caroline, or Change’ and reflect on friendship, hardship and the generations of Black women who have come before.

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

A barn-burning performance by Daren A. Herbert is the highlight of Soulpepper’s ‘Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Toronto production has all the signature elements of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s work, but the other performances are not as full-tilt as Herbert’s, writes Karen Fricker.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Fast, bloody and maybe confusing: This ‘Julius Caesar’ is very 2020 by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

An expertly designed play and a deeply intense viewing experience, this take on Shakespeare might baffle those who don’t know the play.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

‘Talking about fury’ gave rise to ‘The Guilty Feminist’ podcast, in Toronto on Sunday by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Comedian Deborah Frances-White says her podcast — coming to the Danforth Music Hall on Sunday — suits a ‘time of revolution.’

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Canadian Stage is slaying its deficit and making ambitious plans by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Venerable theatre company has made big strides erasing its deficit — now it can make ambitious plans

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Capitalism and average people’s crises of conscience provide the heart of new Toronto play by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Monologues illustrating the tension between how we live and what we believe form most of ‘Consumption Patterns,’ opening Jan. 8 as part of the Next Stage festival.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

A terrific cast brings the whimsy of Bikini Bottom to life in ‘The SpongeBob Musical’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Although two and a half hours is long for an entertainment this unsubtle, writes Karen Fricker.

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Bend It Like Beckham’s co-creator explains what the film and musical are really about by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

It’s about negotiation between generations, Gurinder Chadha tells Karen Fricker ahead of the opening of Bend It Like Beckham onstage in Toronto.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

All that Chat

2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre