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Thursday, August 30, 2018

After Albert Schultz, Soulpepper goes to Britain to find its new executive director by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Emma Stenning comes to Toronto, after scandal drove Schultz from his post, after serving as chief executive at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre in England.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A trio of female theatre friends tackle a play about an intimate female relationship by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Everything came together to allow Maev Beaty and Liisa Repo-Martell to appear in A Beautiful View, directed by Andrea Donaldson.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Portia’s Julius Caesar finds women’s story in remixed Shakespeare by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Outdoor Toronto show’s fresh perspective, partly created by writer Kaitlyn Riordan, shows us an unseen side of ancient Rome.

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At SummerWorks, shows can learn from the audience, at an early stage by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The theatre festival for works in development shows its merits as, while still evolving, two shows got valuable exposure to an audience’s responses and opinions.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Bed and Breakfast a satisfying farce with food for thought by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Real-life couple Gregory Prest and Paolo Santalucia play about 20 characters in Soulpepper run of Mark Crawford’s hit comedy.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018
Monday, August 13, 2018

Shaw Festival’s Hound of the Baskervilles struggles to find its footing in genre and tone by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Is it melodrama, spoof, romp, homage, experiment in onstage cinematic storytelling, exploration of male friendship, or celebration of Holmes as a fact-based hero for our fake news era? write…

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These lovebird Mamma Mia! stars aren’t just acting — they’re really in love by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Lucy May Barker and Phillip Ryan, who play Sophie and Sky in the ABBA musical now playing in Toronto, talk about their on- and off-stage relationship.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Shaw Festival’s Henry V is high concept but emotionally remote by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Actors portray soldiers who are rehearsing the title Shakespeare play, thus the whole production is kept at a consistent ironic remove, writes Karen Fricker.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Oh What a Lovely War’s ambitions pay off in dramatic fashion by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Shaw Festival production’s embrace of variety of perspectives makes century-old sacrifices and struggle resonate powerfully now.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

New Stratford show Napoli Milionaria! has comedy, tragedy and a lot of Italy by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Festival’s artistic director has personal affection for his parents’ homeland and a beloved playwright there, Eduardo De Filippo.

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Friday, July 27, 2018
Monday, July 16, 2018

Josephine Ridge explains her sudden departure from Luminato by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“I still have a lot of ideas and energy to give,” says Ridge, who resigned last week as the festival artistic director, in an interview with the Star.

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Got World Cup withdrawal? Watch this classic rivalry by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

It’s Montagues vs. Capulets in Shakespeare in High Park’s enjoyable soccer-inspired take on Romeo and Juliet, writes Karen Fricker.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Soulpepper’s Orlando comes to life with Sarah Afful’s lustrous performance by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The production gains energy in the second act, as the title character becomes female and realizes she’s expected to behave the way she previously expected women to be: “obedient, chaste …

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

The man who put The King and I back on its musical throne by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Director Bartlett Sher dusted off the dated musical for an acclaimed revival that played Broadway and London before arriving for a run at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Shakespeare’s Coriolanus brought to the present at Stratford by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Director Robert Lepage re-invisions William Shakespeare’s play Coriolanus in his latest production at Statford.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Brontë sisters get written into a corner in Stratford play by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Creative choices mean the lives of famed English writers seldom get very lively, writes Karen Fricker.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Shaw Festival’s O’Flaherty V.C. goes short and silly on a long and serious war by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Kimberley Rampersad’s charming production revives the tradition of a short lunchtime show at the Shaw Festival, writes Karen Fricker.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina takes the Toronto stage in the urgent Burning Doors by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Burning Doors at Luminato, in part, tells the story of Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker imprisoned in Russia on a hunger strike since May 14.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Clever play Nassim lets audience and performer experience it for the first time by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

While the play is not overtly political, writer Nassim Soleimanpour is making points about freedoms we have in the West that we may take for granted.

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Stephen Fry tells great stories in Mythos: Men, but just what is he trying to say? by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Stephen Fry’s account of the Trojan War is typically gripping, but Karen Fricker wishes for more personal commentary on the ancient mythology he knows so well.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Stephen Fry’s ‘pure storytelling’ enlivens Mythos: Heroes at Shaw Festival by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“He’s taken his love of these myths and translated it and helped me understand why they’re amazing,” marvels our critic’s companion for part 2 of her Mythos diary.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Mythos: Gods engages Shaw Festival audience with the mythology of Stephen Fry by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Unlike some of his ancient Greek source material, Stephen Fry really knows how to spin a yarn, writes Karen Fricker in part 1 of her Mythos trilogy diary.

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Stratford’s twist of Rocky Horror plays on nostalgia by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Donna Feore’s production brings top-notch musical theatre talent to the plate.

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Stratford’s The Comedy of Errors takes fun risks with LGBTQ twist by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Gender and queer desire take spotlight in this adventurous spin on Shakespeare’s classic mistaken-identity story.

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‘We’re in a culture war here’ — two fierce shows boldly represent the new Ireland by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Two acclaimed productions kicking off Toronto’s Luminato Festival, RIOT and Swan Lake/Loch na hEala, are brash representations of modern-day Ireland’s break from tradition.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Why To Kill a Mockingbird needs to be onstage in 2018 by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The racism of 1935 is still happening today and young theatregoers need to talk about it, says Nigel Shawn Williams, directing for the Stratford Festival.

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The Music Man reminds us of the joy of the Stratford Festival in wake of bomb threat by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Just one night after a bomb threat cancelled season opener The Tempest, Donna Feore’s staging of this beloved 1957 musical captivates the audience, writes Karen Fricker.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Innocence Lost: A Play About Steven Truscott is a well-done portrait of how a country lost its innocence by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Soulpepper Theatre production demonstrates that the lines of truth and fiction, goodness and evil, can never be drawn definitively, writes Karen Fricker.

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Shaw Festival production of two of Bernard Shaw’s romance and marriage plays don’t always inspire love by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The actors in How He Lied to Her Husband don’t go full-tilt at the farce while acting styles vary in The Man of Destiny, writes Karen Fricker.

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