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Friday, March 22, 2019

This new Second City show mines topicality for laughs in winning style by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Cast members get individual chances to shine in show dwelling on life in Toronto now, notably the TTC and the real-estate madness.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Deborah Hay takes on plum role of Nora from A Doll’s House, but with a twist by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This isn’t Ibsen’s Nora but the one from Lucas Hnath’s ‘cheeky’ reimagining of the characters in A Doll’s House, Part 2.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Sook-Yin Lee’s Unsafe is overlong and overburdened by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Stringing together one research example after another and interspersing them with vignettes about how hard it is to make art do not make a particularly meaningful contribution to the convers…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Chicho’s gay-immigrant tale has a lot — almost too much — to offer by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Venezuelan-Canadian Augusto Bitter’s show at Passe Muraille marks him as a talent to be watched.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Blood of Our Soil is part family drama, part nail-biting, wartime road movie by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Playwright Lianna Makuch and her team have done a remarkable job tying together a journey in search of family roots with thoughtful commentary on present-day, war-torn Ukraine, writes Karen …

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Hot Brown Honey rides the buzz of its feminist cabaret into Ontario by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Australian show created by and for women of colour to showcase their story is in Burlington this weekend and Toronto in April

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Kiss of the Spider Woman’s talents don’t belong in the Don Jail by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Ambitious choice by upstart theatre company to use jail as venue undermines the considerable gifts of cast.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

For the cast of the ‘African Mean Girls Play’ it’s a sisterhood offstage by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Jocelyn Bioh’s School Girls deals with serious issues like shadism but also ‘the loudness, the humour, the fun of African women,’ the actors tell Karen Fricker.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Matthew MacKenzie and Monica Dottor on the collaboration behind Best New Play winner Bears by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

‘Incorporating dance into complex text is like walking a tightrope,’ says choreographer Dottor of her work with playwright and director MacKenzie.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Human Animals uses creative setting to bring environmental collapse to life by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Tense climate doesn’t much change in show until March 3 performed at an intriguing Toronto site.

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Andrew Kushnir’s Towards Youth is about more than theatre; it’s about seeing the world in a more hopeful way by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Accompanied by U of T professor Kathleen Gallagher, Kushnir interviewed young people in five countries for play that opens this week at Streetcar Crowsnest.

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Paolozzapedia is awkward and charming, playful and self-indulgent, but needs more time to come into focus by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

First presented in a workshop version in the 2015 RISER Project, Adam Paolozza’s Paolozzapedia still has a strong work-in-progress vibe, writes Karen Fricker.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Mules explores class, choice and drug smuggling, all inside Vancouver Airport’s washroom by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The world premiere play Mules, about a first-time drug smuggler (Eva Barrie), holed up in the washrooms at Vancouver Airport with her trafficker (Anita Majumdar), waiting for the goods to re…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Oslo’s long, macho march toward peace delivers for audience by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Director Joel Greenberg’s production at CAA Theatre of J.T. Rogers’ play about a daring real-life peace mission overcomes slightly thin characterizations.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

While Come From Away took a break, its Toronto cast visited Gander by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The actors who star in the hit musical set in Gander, Newfoundland, got a chance to meet some of the real people they play.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Actor and playwright Jeff Ho explores his Chinese identity via the Greeks by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Ho — Ophelia in Why Not Theatre’s Prince Hamlet and the author of Iphigenia and the Furies — gravitates toward the Greek tragedies because they were his first experience of theatre, he…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

The Tashme Project tells of the distress of Japanese Canadians interned during the Second World War by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

There is valuable information in this theatre production about Japanese Canadian experiences, although the delivery can be confusing, writes Karen Fricker.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Canadian Stage gains ambition as it gains ground in decades-old fight with debt by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Red ink has dogged the Toronto theatre company for 30 years but now, thanks to an American ‘turnaround king,’ artistic director Brendan Healy says it will soon be able to think bigger.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Vietnamese-Canadian double bill of Fine China and A Perfect Bowl of Pho offers a blast of fresh ideas by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Nam Nguyen’s Pho is a hilariously energetic look at Vietnamese culture while Julie Phan’s Fine China looks at the painful relationship between a father and his daughters, writes Karen Fr…

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Actors Hailey Gillis and Peter Fernandes revisit childhood in Soulpepper Theatre’s Rose by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

In Soulpepper’s first original musical, based on Gertrude Stein’s The World Is Round, the actors and friends play 9-year-olds.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

The actors shine the most in Toronto production of Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Characters could be considered representative of a crisis in Western culture around destructive and self-destructive behaviours, but that theme plays out perhaps too much in deep background,…

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Friday, January 18, 2019

The Scavenger’s Daughter places audience in a hellish world built around patriarchy and violence by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The second play in Susanna Fournier’s Empire Trilogy is very beautiful and deeply unpleasant, writes Karen Fricker

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Next Stage Theatre Festival gives Toronto a winter shot of buzz by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Critic Karen Fricker catches and reviews half of the dozen shows in the festival during a packed weekend.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Iphigenia and the Furies finds modern telling for ancient tale by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

In taking this story on for the indie company Saga Collectif, playwright Ho Ka Kei grappled with the question of where he and his collaborators, mostly queer folks and people of colour, coul…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Satire about Joe Clark’s political decline is full of wit and heart, and surprisingly sympathetic of Clark by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The anchor of the play is Philip Riccio as Clark, who through understated but profound character work draws the audience into Clark’s psyche and his dilemma, writes Karen Fricker.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Play That Goes Wrong does a good job of being terrible by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

It gets a bit overextended at the end but the Toronro production of The Play That Goes Wrong delivers on its promise: a laugh-filled night where nothing goes right.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

One year after Soulpepper, what stage have we reached? by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Theatre professionals offer their thoughts on the state of the industry in Toronto — the changes that have come and those that are still needed.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Tatiana Maslany is doing it her way in Network on Broadway by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Orphan Black stars aims to ‘honour and respect’ Faye Dunaway’s turn as Diana Christensen in the 1976 film version, but also tries ‘to own it for myself,’ she tells the Star’s Kar…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Reversible’s family tales are thin but it’s a big, beautiful spectacle by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Circus show by 7 Fingers at CAA Theatre uses performers’ relations as inspiration for their top-notch, wow-factor feats.

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Meet Canada’s Evan Hansen: Robert Markus of Stratford’s Rocky Horror Show by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Vancouver-born actor passed his audition ‘with flying colours’ to pay the title role in the Toronto production of Broadway smash Dear Evan Hansen.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Magic and circus shows bring holiday awe to Toronto by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

With Cirque du Soleil and 7 Fingers opening shows here this week, and Champions of Magic next week, Karen Fricker looks at the appeal of this style of entertainment.

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