Wednesday, June 29, 2022

‘’Da Kink in My Hair’ gets a 20th-anniversary production in TO Live’s fall season by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Weyni Mengesha will direct the Trey Anthony play about clients at a Caribbean hair salon in Toronto.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:10PM
Monday, June 27, 2022

Dance work at Harbourfront holds a mirror to our need to be loved by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Alan Lucien Øyen’s “Story, story, die” is “basically about our desire to be recognized” and the lies we tell to present a lovable image.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:06PM
Sunday, June 19, 2022

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ works its magic on many levels by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Emotionally gripping show that opened Sunday uses dazzling stagecraft and relatable characters to brilliant effect.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00PM
Friday, June 17, 2022

Former prima ballerina Magdalena Popa is retiring as National Ballet of Canada artistic coach by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Romanian-born Popa, who danced all over the world, spent 40 years coaching the company’s dancers.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:04PM
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Facebook rejects Toronto theatre company ads due to ‘political’ content by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Daresay Productions’ upcoming play, “Deputy Prime Minister Collimore,” makes no reference to real politicians or situations, says the play’s producer.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:31PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

A new version of ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ beefs up the women’s point of view by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

In Théâtre français de Toronto web series filmed at the Windsor Arms, Valmont isn’t a hero and Merteuil isn’t “the mean, mean queen.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:51PM
Monday, June 13, 2022

Two George Bernard Shaw plays get ultra-topical in these pandemic times by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

In “Too True to Be Good,” a microbe blames a patient for its illness while a physician has to choose who gets treated in “The Doctor’s Dilemma,” both part of the Shaw Festival’s …

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:33PM

National Ballet’s ‘Swan Lake’ used COVID delays to add dazzle to costumes, sets by Shawn Jeffords - Special To The Star

Pandemic delay became beauty rest as ambitious plans for costumes and sets were realized for the production that opened June 10.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:13PM

New musical ‘Dixon Road’ is an extraordinary achievement and exaltation of Toronto’s diasporic communities by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Fatuma Adar’s semi-autobiographical musical about a Somali refugee family in Toronto is receiving a not-to-be-missed world premiere at the High Park Amphitheatre

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:43AM
Saturday, June 11, 2022

‘The whole company already feels like a family’: How the cast of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ bonded even as show was on hold by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The production was on hold because of the pandemic for over two years before rehearsals finally started this past April.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:00AM
Thursday, June 9, 2022

Fatuma Adar’s DIY approach leads to new ‘Dixon Road’ musical by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Fatuma Adar, 30, does not have formal musical training. She started creating the music for the show by recording herself singing on her mobile phone.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:00PM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

David Suzuki and partner Tara Cullis take their climate change activism to centre stage in Luminato production by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

David Suzuki, and his wife and professional partner Tara Cullis, are the stars of a theatre production called “What You Won’t Do For Love,” playing at this year’s Luminato Festival.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:30PM

Mirvish raises the curtain on new theatre lineup for Toronto including Tina Fey’s ‘Mean Girls,’ and ‘Hamilton’ by Dorcas Marfo - Staff Reporter

Mirvish lineup includes six main season shows, three off-Mirvish shows and five bonus stagings and marks the long-awaited resumption of Toronto’s theatre scene after a 16-month break due t…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:00AM
Monday, June 6, 2022

Toronto’s WeeFestival a thrill for city’s littlest theatregoers by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

The festival takes place across Toronto and features programming for children aged 0-6, many of them seeing the curtain open for the first time.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:32PM
Friday, June 3, 2022

Amaka Umeh is engrossing and revelatory in the Stratford Festival’s ‘Hamlet’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Umeh, the first actor of colour to play the role, rivets attention in monologues that take us deeply into her character’s thoughts and feelings.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:35PM
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt are still spinning theatre gold from their failure as concert pianists by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“2 Pianos 4 Hands,” based on the theatre artists’ unrealized musical dreams, is back for its sixth major Toronto run June 4.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:28PM
Monday, May 30, 2022

The Shaw Festival’s ‘Damn Yankees’ isn’t a home run, but there are many pleasures by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The show is musically strong and looks great, but large-scale dance numbers feel overextended and there’s a spark missing in central relationships.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:45PM
Sunday, May 29, 2022

Tweaked ‘Gaslight’ at Shaw Festival is skilled and suspenseful by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This much-adapted story has been given a smart and satisfying update by Johnna Wright and Patty Jamieson, writes Karen Fricker.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:09PM

From Martin Short, Jayne Eastwood and Paul Shaffer to Victor Garber: The stars of 1972’s ‘Godspell’ share their memories

Never in the history of Canadian theatre has there been a single company whose members would go on to find such success.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Soulpepper’s ‘Where the Blood Mixes’ is a love letter to residential school survivors and the terrain of Lytton, B.C. by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Director Jani Lauzon and actor Craig Lauzon both feel a sentimental connection to Loring’s Governor General’s Award-winning text

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:01PM
Friday, May 20, 2022

‘The job kept me sane’: How some Stratford Festival actors filled their days and their pocketbooks when the show couldn’t go on by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This year’s opening is a welcome return for a workforce that was particularly hard-hit during the pandemic.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:20PM

‘Evil Queen’ in Grimm-inspired immersive dance project inspired by performer’s gender fluidity by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Joey Arrigo’s approach to the Evil Queen was a collaborative one with TranscenDance artistic director Julia Cratchley.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Dozens of Indigenous ironworkers died in the Quebec Bridge disaster of 1907. Their story is the inspiration behind ‘Sky Dancers’ by Michael Crabb Special To The Star

Louis D’Ailleboust, one of the dead, was the great-grandfather of dance artist Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo. Her new work, “Sky Dancers”, arrives at Harbourfront Centre this week.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:27PM
Wednesday, May 11, 2022

How ‘Come From Away’ came back: dogged lobbying and a federal minister who listened by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

The announcement in December 2021 that the musical would close for good in Toronto kick-started a process that will see it return in 2024.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Thursday, May 5, 2022

Indigenous theatre like ‘The Herd’ is taking up space on main stages, but work remains to be done, say Tara Beagan and Andy Moro by Aisling Murphy - Special To The Star

“The opportunities are great, but these institutions need to offer understanding and time,” says set designer Moro. His life partner Beagan is directing the Kenneth T. Williams play at T…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:13PM
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

The world premiere of ‘Fall on Your Knees’ and Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney’s ‘Choir Boy’ highlight the new Canadian Stage season by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

The works in the 2022-23 season “grapple in different ways with discussions about race, climate and political divisiveness that are dominating global conversations right now.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:28PM

Wayne McGregor-Margaret Atwood ballet ‘MADDADDAM’ will finally gets its world premiere in National Ballet of Canada’s new season by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Hope Muir’s first full season as artistic director also includes works by Alonzo King and David Dawson, and the return of “The Nutcracker,” “Cinderella,” “Frame by Frame” and …

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Tuesday, May 3, 2022

VideoCabaret is back to being busy on Busy Street in the spirit of its late co-founder Deanne Taylor by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The company has revived its hit 1995 show, “The Cold War — Part One,” one of Michael Hollingsworth’s epic series of plays lampooning Canadian history.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:19PM
Monday, May 2, 2022

A mythical creature and human misbehaviour are at the heart of Guillaume Côté’s ‘Crypto’ by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

“Let’s say it’s an adult fairy tale,” says the dancer and choreographer of his multimedia work, which draws inspiration from cryptozoology and “The Little Mermaid.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:30PM

‘Is God Is,’ an ‘audacious piece’ of theatre about Black twin sisters on an epic journey of revenge, makes its Canadian debut by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The play presents “Black women in a way that I hadn’t seen them portrayed onstage before,” says director Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:09PM