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Saturday, June 3, 2023

Impassioned reimagining of pop-rock play energizes summer theatre stage by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Iconic 90s play led by a new generation of performers could lure younger demographic to Stratford this summer

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:00PM

‘Incredibly moving’: Stratford play ‘Casey and Diana’ captures Princess Diana’s iconic visit to Toronto’s Casey house by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Writer Nick Green’s play deeply honours the experiences of gay men at the end of their lives and the people who care for them

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Yes, Canadian TV star Paul Gross has the chops to play King Lear by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Gross and director Kimberley Rampersad have the guts and vision to let this Stratford Festival Lear be genuinely unlikeable at the start.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:51PM

Eric Idle sings with the cast in surprise Stratford ‘Spamalot’ appearance by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The original Monty Python troupe member reflects on collaboration, laughter and being a ghost

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 11:23AM
Friday, May 26, 2023

Kate Hennig is a commanding Momma Rose in the Shaw Festival’s ‘Gypsy’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The musical based on the life of Gypsy Rose Lee is musically resplendent and boasts two superb performances from Hennig and Julie Lumsden.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:38PM
Friday, May 19, 2023

Enchanting ‘Prince Caspian’ at Shaw Festival likely to stir fond memories of the Narnia books by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Damien Atkins’ retelling puts the focus on the four Pevensie children and the delightful creatures who join them in their quest.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:31PM
Monday, May 1, 2023

‘New’ a fresh take on on-stage portrayals of new immigrants deserves to get the on-screen series treatment by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Pamela Mala Sinha latest play has so many such fascinating episodes and layers it feels as if it’s bursting out of its 2.5-hour long run

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:15PM
Sunday, April 23, 2023

What’s in a page? To print theatre programs or deliver them digitally, that is the question by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

For some stage fans, downloading a program via QR code is a poor substitute for a record you can hold in your hand.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM
Sunday, April 16, 2023

‘Kooza’ is Cirque du Soleil distilled to its essence with signature risks and humour by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The acts, as expected, are world-class and nicely varied. And the clowns are even funny, not always a guarantee.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:04PM

‘The best kind of staging’: ‘Mesmerizing’ production of Anton Chekhov’s play ‘The Seagull’ at Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Director Daniel Brooks creates an updated production in which the actors talk like real people and that includes the audience in a fully realized, emotionally engulfing world.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Friday, April 14, 2023

‘Sort Of’ star Amanda Cordner is ‘incandescent’ in ‘Body So Fluorescent’ at Buddies In Bad Times theatre: ‘The show deserves full houses by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Lightning transformations between characters and the emerging revelation of the relationship between them is the central theatrical conceit

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Saturday, April 8, 2023

Young African and Asian women reclaim their sexuality in ‘Vierge’ and ‘Love You Wrong Time’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

One looks at the cost of not talking to girls about sex. The other pokes fun at the sexualization and fetishization of Asian women.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:37PM
Friday, March 31, 2023

A Grimm Night is a wonderful, disorienting, ethereal evening of immersive dance theatre by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Transcen|Dance Project has done excellent work in delivering a luxurious evening’s entertainment, a local alternative to New York’s “Sleep No More.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:44PM
Thursday, March 30, 2023

Giving myths a makeover on the big stage: Adam and Eve/Hawa and Ovid’s ‘Metamorphosis’ told in fresh ways at Crow’s and Tarragon theatres by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Makram Ayache’s new play “The Hooves Belonged to the Deer” and “Metamorphoses 2023,” based on Ovid’s epic poem, produced by Theatre Smith-Gilmour.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:52PM
Monday, March 20, 2023

Play ‘Anahita’s Republic’ gives a sharp-edged view of the struggle for women’s rights in Iran by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Title character Anahita offers an insider perspective into gender, power and freedom in contemporary Iran. I walked away without easy answers.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:26PM
Tuesday, March 14, 2023

How Cliff Cardinal’s annoyance with land acknowledgments became a provocative piece of theatre by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

His “sly, funny, charming” solo show about the practice is now playing as “The Land Acknowledgement, or As You Like It” — minus the Shakespeare bait and switch.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:20PM
Friday, March 10, 2023

A troubled woman, a janitor on his nightly rounds — two immersive theatre productions explore isolation by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

In “The Yellow Wallpaper” spectators hear and see images of a woman whose mental health is deteriorating. In “Le Concierge” they follow a silent high school janitor.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:00PM

Tawiah M’Carthy’s career takes another leap as he directs Pulitzer-winning play ‘Fairview’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

M’Carthy has gone from one- or two-person shows to the Stratford Festival to a Canadian stage doubleheader — and he’s ready for much more.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:17AM
Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Making the ‘Mahabharata’: How do you bring a 4,000-year-old Sanskrit epic to the stage? by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Ravi Jain and Miriam Fernandes wrestled with serving both South Asian audiences familiar with the poem and people who wouldn’t even know how to pronounce it.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:00AM
Thursday, March 2, 2023

‘The Darkest Dark’ successfully brings Chris Hadfield’s bestseller to the stage by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Gorgeous production at Young People’s Theatre set in the days before the moon landing is about facing your fears head on.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:56PM
Friday, February 17, 2023

Sanaz Toossi’s ‘English’ unpacks the complexity of navigating the world with an accent by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

In an English-language classroom in Iran, personalities emerge, relationships form, secrets are revealed.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:35PM

‘Redbone Coonhound’: A couple’s heated disagreement about a racist dog name gets turned into a funny play by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Play weaves together scenes featuring an interracial couple modelled on playwrights Amy Lee Lavoie and Omari Newton with fanciful vignettes riffing on issues about race.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:48AM
Friday, February 10, 2023

Sarah Gadon brings intensity as a woman destructively obsessed with motherhood in ‘Yerma’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This play about the pressures on women to reproduce is difficult and discomfiting, and evidence Coal Mine’s commitment to bold texts in bold productions will continue.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:46PM
Thursday, February 2, 2023

‘Pressure’ starring Kevin Doyle is an engrossing story and a good old-fashioned play by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The story about how two competing weather forecasts affected the D-Day invasion in the Second World War builds tension into the unscrolling of weather maps.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:25PM

Tom McCamus and Seana McKenna bring 50 years of friendship and performing to ‘Things I Know To Be True’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The stage veterans play a husband and wife in Andrew Bovell’s story of family relationships in its Canadian debut.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM
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

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