Monday, June 29, 2020

‘The Brothers Size’ and ‘The Mush Hole’ take five Dora Awards each by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Canadian Opera Company wins four for ‘Rusalka’; ‘Piaf/Dietrich’ is named Best Musical; and ‘Caroline, or Change’ takes the performance awards in the musical theatre category.

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Broadway shutdown due to coronavirus extended again until January by Mark Kennedy

Although an exact date for performances to resume has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through Jan. 3.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Canadian Opera Company calls off fall schedule by Garnet Fraser - Toronto Star

In-person performances not happening until early 2021, though the COC is creating online offerings.

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Friday, June 19, 2020

How ‘Phantom of the Opera’ survived the pandemic by Jennifer Schuessler - The New York Times,su-Hyun Lee

As theatres around the globe were abruptly shuttered by the pandemic, with no clear path to reopening in sight, the world tour of “Phantom” has been soldiering on in Seoul, South Korea.

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

I want to speak candidly. I want to tell the truth by Brefny Caribou - Contributing Columnist

A theatre actor and writer with a master’s degree in acting from York University, Brefny Caribou, 28, is of northern Manitoba Swampy Cree and Irish-settler descent. She offers insight into…

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Indigenous voices take the lead on Stratford Festival’s social media by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Two days of testimony and activism by First Nations artists on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube begin Friday, June 19. The initiative follows the festival’s successful first ventur…

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

As one of the few Black theatre leaders in Toronto, for Weyni Mengesha systemic racism is nothing new by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

‘You feel completely hopeless and then completely hopeful in the next second,’ says the artistic director of Soulpepper Theatre.

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Karen Kain had well-laid plans for her National Ballet goodbye — but COVID-19 had other ideas by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

With major premieres like a new ‘Swan Lake’ and ‘MaddAddam’ postponed, and the search for a successor slowed, the prima ballerina turned artistic director will stay as long as the co…

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The Stratford Festival admitted its own systemic racism and gave Black artists a chance to speak out by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,carly Maga - Theatre Critic

For 72 hours, the Stratford Festival handed its social media channels to Black artists and artisans. They revealed their experiences of racism throughout Canada’s theatre world and urged S…

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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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Monday, June 8, 2020

Leading Dora Award nominees include Soulpepper’s ‘The Brothers Size,’ the musical ‘Caroline, or Change’ and ‘Marjorie Prime’ from Coal M by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts announces 243 nominations, with winners to be announced June 29.

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Second City owner Andrew Alexander to exit after accusations of institutionalized racism levelled at theatre by Chris Jones - Chicago Tribune

Andrew Alexander, 76, who was an influential member of the Toronto theatre and television scene, said he had “failed to create an anti-racist environment wherein artists of colour might th…

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Friday, June 5, 2020

New York theatres open up lobbies for racial justice protesters by Julia Jacobs - The New York Times

Several theatres in Manhattan and Brooklyn announced that they would allow demonstrators into their buildings to use the restroom, drink water or charge their phones.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Critics honour Toronto’s best theatre — lockdown or no lockdown by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,carly Maga - Theatre Critic

‘The Flick,’ an Outside the March and Crow’s Theatre co-production of Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about three young adults working in a rundown cinema, picked up sever…

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

How ‘Phantom of the Opera’ survived the pandemic by Jennifer Schuessler - The New York Times,su-Hyun Lee

The musical, with its 126-member company and hundreds of costumes and props, is believed to be the only large-scale English-language production running anywhere in the world. And it has rema…

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Shaw Festival delays performances again until August by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Niagara-on-the-Lake theatre festival takes an incremental approach to cancellations, whereas the Stratford Festival has already suspended the entire season.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Larry Kramer, playwright and AIDS activist, dies at 84 by Mark Kennedy

Kramer’s husband, David Webster, told The New York Times that Kramer died of pneumonia on Wednesday.

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American theatre union insists actors shouldn’t work until epidemic ‘under control’ by Michael Paulson - The New York Times

Actors’ Equity Association has barred its 51,000 members from in-person auditions, rehearsals and performances since April 24, and made clear at a news conference Tuesday that it is not re…

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Stratford Festival faces $20-million budget shortfall despite cost cutting by David Friend - The Canadian Press

Stratford was scheduled to roll out 15 productions in four theatres, including Colm Feore’s ‘Richard III’’ as the inaugural show at the new $70-million Tom Patterson Theatre, before …

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Dora Awards ceremony will proceed virtually on June 29 by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Nominees and further details about the Toronto theatre, opera and dance awards will be announced June.

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Your best bets, from a drag cabaret to Shakespeare, for a virtual theatre fix during COVID-19 by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Theatre companies are keeping the artistic juices flowing with new online content and streaming filmed versions of past productions. Theatre critics Karen Fricker and Carly Maga sort out the…

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Monday, May 18, 2020

London’s West End faces existential crisis as theatres stay dark by Alex Morales - Bloomberg News

As the U.K. faces months of restrictions on social gatherings, there’s no prospect of any of London’s West End hits opening again soon.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

‘Frozen’ musical on Broadway not to reopen by Mark Kennedy

The Disney show opened in March 2018 and placed among the top five Broadway productions for both gross and attendance over both years it ran, often pulling in over $1 million, and even $2 mi…

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Digital theatre is all the rage, but could it destroy the live stage? by Charles McNulty - Los Angeles Times

Even provisionally establishing the idea that you don’t really need to be there is fraught with peril in an age in which gratification is measured in clicks.

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

‘Hamilton’ will return to Toronto, Mirvish tells ticket holders by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

The goal is to have the Lin-Manuel Miranda music back onstage in Toronto within 18 months.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

They’re the early experts in virtual performance: for disabled theatre artists, it’s ‘been there, done that’ as COVID-19 forces work online by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Artists with disabilities have long used livestreaming, Zoom play readings and digital broadcasts that have taken centre stage in most workplaces

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Thursday, April 30, 2020
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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Monday, April 27, 2020

Stratford Festival suspends 2020 season indefinitely due to COVID-19 by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

‘It’s heartbreaking on many levels,’ says artistic director Antoni Cimolino.

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Mirvish will delay theatre season until January due to COVID-19 pandemic by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

“For the health and safety of all the artists, crew and staff working in our theatres, and for that of our audience, I think it is best to begin our new season … in January of the new ye…

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Dancing swans, demented toymakers and men in tutus: how to escape to the ballet online by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

With theatres closed for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19, the web offers a cornucopia of compelling performances, from classics like “Swan Lake” and “Coppélia” to arts stream…

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