Monday, February 18, 2019

Tyler Gledhill and Edwin Huizinga let their creativity take flight for Opera Atelier by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

The dancer and violinist have co-created new work for Atelier’s The Angel Speaks, debuting Feb. 21 at the Royal Ontario Museum.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Mules explores class, choice and drug smuggling, all inside Vancouver Airport’s washroom by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The world premiere play Mules, about a first-time drug smuggler (Eva Barrie), holed up in the washrooms at Vancouver Airport with her trafficker (Anita Majumdar), waiting for the goods to re…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Oslo’s long, macho march toward peace delivers for audience by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Director Joel Greenberg’s production at CAA Theatre of J.T. Rogers’ play about a daring real-life peace mission overcomes slightly thin characterizations.

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The Father at Coal Mine Theatre builds empathy for its aging lead character with its combination of farce and tragedy by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Eric Peterson is best at capturing Andre’s childlike helplessness, culminating in a moving final breakdown, writes Carly Maga.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

‘Good luck with your fight’: Sting supports GM workers as they battle plant closure by David Friend - The Canadian Press

Thousands of GM employees gathered Thursday to hear the British musician deliver a free acoustic performance as a gesture of support.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Karen Kain will revamp Swan Lake for the National Ballet of Canada by The Canadian Press

In her directorial debut, the company’s artistic director will restage the ballet to accentuate the love story at its heart.

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Sting brings The Last Ship, a musical about his hometown of Newcastle, to a place where he’s always felt at home: Toronto by Raju Mudhar - Staff Reporter

Sting was happy to be putting the finishing touches on his musical in the city that ‘adopted’ him and the Police, despite the snowstorm and missing the Grammy Awards, he tells Raju Mudha…

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Kate Lushington put aside her idea for a play when her daughter, Natasha Greenblatt, was 2. Now that Natasha’s 34, they’ve finished it together. by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The two have collaborated on The Apocalypse Plays: A Legacy Project, the end of a trilogy that Lushington began in the 1980s, writes Carly Maga.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

We Are All Treaty People treats the serious subject of Indigenous-settler relations with a light touch by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

As Trickster, Marshall Vielle is a trustworthy guide through history and his sense of humour stops We Are All Treaty People from feeling too much like a lecture, writes Carly Maga.

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Cirque Éloize’s Hotel has beautiful images and inventive acts but could use some dramatic development by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The production fuses a Downton Abbey-like look at both the menial workers and famous guests at a nameless hotel with the jazzy sights and sounds of the 1920s, writes Carly Maga.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Come From Away celebrates its reopening at the Elgin Theatre by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The cast had to adjust to the new space after nearly a year at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, while the Elgin was made cozier for audience members with fewer seats and a new back wall.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

While Come From Away took a break, its Toronto cast visited Gander by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The actors who star in the hit musical set in Gander, Newfoundland, got a chance to meet some of the real people they play.

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Shakespeare Bash’d version of Othello presents an unsettling night of theatre

The play purports to expose a societal evil with devastating outcomes: brutal onstage murders of two innocent women; Othello’s almost immediate succumbing to violence and anger and jealous…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Karen Kain will be the first Canadian to receive the highest honour of the Royal Academy of Dance by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Academy will given Kain its Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award for her 50 years with the National Ballet of Canada, making her the first recipient outside the U.K.

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Actor and playwright Jeff Ho explores his Chinese identity via the Greeks by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Ho — Ophelia in Why Not Theatre’s Prince Hamlet and the author of Iphigenia and the Furies — gravitates toward the Greek tragedies because they were his first experience of theatre, he…

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Canadian premiere of Hamilton is the highlight of the new Mirvish season by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The main subscription series also features Tony winner The Band’s Visit, Hello, Dolly!, the Toronto premiere of Piaf/Dietrich and the stage version of Emma Donoghue’s Room.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Historians say smash hit musical Hamilton out of tune with its portrait of U.S. founding father by Mark Kennedy

Many academics argue the portrait of Alexander Hamilton, the star of U.S. $10 bills, is a counterfeit. Now they’re escalating their fight against the musical.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

In salt, Selina Thompson travels a transatlantic slave route, but the journey is a warm and celebratory one by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

It’s rare to see an hour-long show so affecting that encompasses hundreds of years, many miles and several generations but feels intimate, immediate and personal, writes Carly Maga.

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Nightwood Theatre announces Andrea Donaldson as new artistic director by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Donaldson, a long-time collaborator with the feminist company, takes over from Kelly Thornton in May.

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Mary’s Wedding is moving and charming but anachronistic by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The relationship in this play about a First World War romance would border on the almost manipulatively saccharine if not for the chemistry between the real-life couple playing the leads, wr…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

The Tashme Project tells of the distress of Japanese Canadians interned during the Second World War by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

There is valuable information in this theatre production about Japanese Canadian experiences, although the delivery can be confusing, writes Karen Fricker.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

New opera Hook Up deftly handles the issue of campus rape by John Terauds - Special To The Star

The Tapestry Opera-Theatre Passe Muraille co-production has spiky-yet-musical score with clever ensemble singing, and there’s no place else you can hear singers handle lyrics like “those…

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London came calling for actor and playwright Haley McGee but now she’s back in Toronto with The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The show about love, money and how we invest in relationships is part of the Progress Festival of international work, writes Carly Maga.

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Toronto dance theater offers tribute performance to founder, perseverance and strength in Black community by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater launches its 60th anniversary tour at Toronto’s Sony Centre amid ongoing racial bigotry against the Black community.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Canadian Stage gains ambition as it gains ground in decades-old fight with debt by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Red ink has dogged the Toronto theatre company for 30 years but now, thanks to an American ‘turnaround king,’ artistic director Brendan Healy says it will soon be able to think bigger.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Sherrie Johnson joins Crow’s Theatre as executive director by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

The co-founder with Daniel MacIvor of da da kamera was most recently part of the leadership of Canadian Stage.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Vietnamese-Canadian double bill of Fine China and A Perfect Bowl of Pho offers a blast of fresh ideas by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Nam Nguyen’s Pho is a hilariously energetic look at Vietnamese culture while Julie Phan’s Fine China looks at the painful relationship between a father and his daughters, writes Karen Fr…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Soulpepper’s Rose is part adventure epic, part existential crisis, part Wes Anderson film, part folk festival by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

One has to surrender to a narrative that doesn’t always make sense, but the Soulpepper cast and its warm heart make it easy to overlook the faults of this new musical, writes Carly Maga.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Actors Hailey Gillis and Peter Fernandes revisit childhood in Soulpepper Theatre’s Rose by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

In Soulpepper’s first original musical, based on Gertrude Stein’s The World Is Round, the actors and friends play 9-year-olds.

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Choreographer activates brains as well as bodies, and keeps audiences on the edge of their seats by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Jeanine Durning’s new version of This Shape, We Are In for the Toronto Dance Theatres involves every dancer in its creation and every audience member in the experience.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

The actors shine the most in Toronto production of Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Characters could be considered representative of a crisis in Western culture around destructive and self-destructive behaviours, but that theme plays out perhaps too much in deep background,…

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