Thursday, October 14, 2021

Director X’s dance film ‘New Monuments’ reckons with Canada’s colonial past by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

In “New Monuments,” one of the headlining productions at this year’s Luminato Festival Toronto, over 40 artists from 10 dance companies join forces to “re-centre and re-evaluate the …

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:00AM
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Shakespeare’s King Henry V becomes a protest leader in Toronto in ‘Henry G20’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

‘As a piece of art this play will do its job to educate people,’ says lead actor Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah. The play is set during the G20 protests of 2010 when police kettled hundreds o…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:30AM

From India to Cuba to England (in spirit), Vikram Dasgupta’s bumpy road to putting dance on film by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Filming the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble in India helped Dasgupta handle the unexpected death of his father, but soaring COVID-19 infections kept him from flying to London to shoot the November…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Planet Fabulon will take Luminato patrons to another planet in ‘The Ruins of Zindor’ by Andrea Yu - Special To The Star

The production, one of the Luminato Festival’s few in-person events, blends elements of an escape room with a murder mystery and live theatre featuring holographic actors portraying aliens.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Thursday, September 30, 2021

FabCollab has offered women artists of colour that rare thing during a pandemic: a good, paid gig by Bruce Demara - Culture Reporter

With shows like “Women in Song: Strange Darlings” at the Aga Khan Museum on Oct. 2, FabCollab is getting back to live performances after more than a year of virtual concerts that gave wo…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:21PM
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Musical Stage Company invites audiences into Dolly Parton’s world with UnCovered concert by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

‘She’s this great unifier,’ says Fiona Sauder. The concert will use the ‘connective tissue’ of Parton’s music to help audiences celebrate being together again.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:30AM
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

For a Broadway torn by a pandemic, a split-personality Tony Awards by Jesse Green Elisabeth Vincentelli - The New York Times,james Poniewozik

With so much on its to-do list, how did the Tonys do? Jesse Green, The New York Times’ chief theater critic, discussed the presentation — or, rather, the presentations: one on Paramount+…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:29PM
Saturday, September 25, 2021

What does the word ‘home’ mean? Three theatre artists explain in ‘The Home Project’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

For Akosua Amo-Adem, it’s about being a Ghana-born Canadian, which she explores through standup comedy. Cheyenne Scott and Qasim Khan also perform in ‘The Home Project.’

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:30AM
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

After 101 years, the Ed Mirvish Theatre gets yet another name change by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Toronto venue that started out as the Pantages in 1920 will now be the CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 11:00AM

Fall for Dance North roams geographically and artistically with its global virtual programming by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Instead of a five-days festival of live performances in Toronto, this year’s event will not officially end until Oct. 29, with livestream offerings available until Nov. 5. And the artistic…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The stress of being a child stage actor made Maggie Blake physically sick. She wants to make sure no other young person endures that by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Blake served as a youth advocate this summer on the Stratford Festival’s “R+J,” an adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet.” Her role included helping 14-year-old Eponine Lee as Juliet eng…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:49PM

The artists of Dance Made in Canada return to quasi-normality with live performances in High Park by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Co-director Yvonne Ng couldn’t take the gamble of indoor performances for the 2021 fest so it’s a hybrid of live outdoor shows and virtual presentations.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Friday, September 10, 2021

What role do racial slurs play onstage? The Shaw and Stratford festivals consider the use of a particularly offensive word in the wake of a racial rec by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Both festivals are staging productions this summer in which the N-word is used. To some Black theatre artists, removing the word isn’t a solution: ‘If you decide to cut that term, you de…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM
Friday, September 3, 2021

When ‘The Crown’ left Black voices out of an episode about Kenya, Marcia Johnson got angry — and then she wrote a play by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

‘They were in a continent filled with Black people and all they did was moon at the princess,’ the playwright says about the Season 1 episode. In ‘Serving Elizabeth,’ she revisits th…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM

Gen Z’s climate rage inspired Jordan Tannahill’s ‘Is My Microphone On?’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The theatre piece presents the climate emergency as a generational inheritance that baby boomers and Gen X-ers have passed on to today’s youth, and channels the fury of Greta Thunberg and …

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Sunday, August 29, 2021

Twenty five years after they first worked on Three Tall Women together, Edward Albee’s play holds a deeper meaning for Martha Henry and Diana Leblan by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

While telling a story about playwright Edward Albee, actor Martha Henry holds a photo up to the screen: A photo of Albee, looking intensely at the camera and stroking a white cat.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Thursday, August 26, 2021

‘Exceptional experience’ — first live National Ballet in more than 16 months elicits cheers, dreamy ambience by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Mixed bill of four works from new and existing repertoire made for an emotion-charged event on the Harbourfront stage

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:24PM
Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Eddie Izzard talks Charles Dickens, Toronto and the future of humanity by Bruce Demara - Culture Reporter

Izzard returns to the CAA Theatre on Aug. 28 and 29 to perform standup and an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations,” with her earnings going to Indspire, a national chari…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:00PM
Monday, August 23, 2021

National Ballet leaps into live performances with open air Harbourfront shows by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

First in-person shows since March, 2020 will sample classic and contemporary ballet, take place on open air concert stage with patio-style tables

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:02PM

Mirvish Productions to breathe new life into Toronto’s dormant theatre scene with new 11-production season by Akrit Michael - Staff Reporter

Shows including “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and “Room” are scheduled to open within the next year, but theatregoers will have to wait until February 2023 to see “Hamilton…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM
Friday, August 6, 2021

Open your ears to the extraordinary theatre experience of ‘Blindness’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The word “immersive” gets thrown around a lot these days, and in this case the description is merited: All of the elements of this production combine to place you at the centre of its di…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:00PM
Wednesday, August 4, 2021

The technology in sound installation ‘Blindness’ is so ‘amazing’ even its star Juliet Stevenson got carried away by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,carly Maga - Theatre Critic

‘Although there wasn’t a live actor in the room,’ theatregoers ‘were absolutely convinced that there was,’ says British actor Stevenson, who even pulled her own feet out of the way…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:27PM

Audiences are being welcomed back to outdoor theatre all over Ontario — even the wildlife is invited by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

From Shakespeare in the Ruff (stray wild animals included) to Guild Festival Theatre, from a remount of ‘Alphonse’ to Here for Now Theatre in Stratford, from ‘The Motorcycle Monologues…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:30AM
Friday, July 30, 2021

I took the stage at the comedy club and all I could see was my own reflection — and those people I couldn’t see weren’t laughing by Denis Grignon - Special To The Star

Denis Grignon got back on the horse of standup comedy for the first time since the pandemic began, but new COVID-19 protocols, mainly the Plexiglas shields surrounding the stage, made it a b…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:42PM

Comedian Eddie Izzard will reopen the CAA Theatre with shows Aug. 7 and 8 by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Izzard, who is in Toronto shooting a TV series, will perform “Eddie Izzard The Remix: 1988-2018’ and ‘Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations’ for Mirvish Productions.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:46PM
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

With graves confirmed at former residential schools, the cast of Tomson Highway’s ‘The Rez Sisters’ finds deeper meaning in the play by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

‘It was written in 1986 … all of the characters were affected by residential school,’ says actor Tracey Nepinak, part of the all-Indigenous cast of the Stratford Festival production.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:09PM
Saturday, July 24, 2021

Curtains reopen on Shaw and Stratford festivals with outdoor productions of “The Devil’s Disciple” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Theatre under the canopies allows producers to make full use of the audience space in ‘joyful, satisfying heartbreaking’ return

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:18PM
Thursday, July 22, 2021

How Stratford and Shaw brought theatre festivals back to life in Ontario by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Both theatres are premiering their first plays of the season this week, and it’s been a monumental and emotional journey to get here.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 11:09AM
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The Toronto Fringe returns with more than 65 shows to see online by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,robyn Grant-Moran - Special To The Star

From a play that borrows from South Korean variety, game and talk shows to explore race and bullying, to a show about sex work that would have been illegal in the playwright’s native Iran,…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:19PM
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Indigenous artist Christine Friday dances her way to healing at Canadian Stage’s revamped Dream in High Park by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

The 50-minute solo performance of “Maggie & Me” is one she hopes will lead towards understanding and reconciliation

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

The circus skills are top notch in ‘Together Apart, Summer, Cirque’ — a welcome return to live performance in the GTA by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The circus acts include hoop diving, Cyr wheel, aerial silks, juggling and Chinese pole: acrobats scrambling up, spinning around and doing death dives off of vertical poles. Most thrillingly…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:36PM

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