Thursday, January 27, 2022
Thursday, January 20, 2022

Entire board steps down at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Two board members will stay on temporarily in an administrative capacity during a transitional period in which Buddies will rebuild the board.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:51PM
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

After an epic pivot, the Next Stage Festival shifts online by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Yes, they’d rather play in person, but creators of three of the nine shows are happy to share their work digitally around the world.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:11PM
Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Award-winning Canadian musical ‘Life After’ heads to Chicago’s Goodman Theatre by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Britta Johnson’s musical draws on her own life story as a young woman coming to terms with her father’s sudden death.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:32PM
Friday, January 7, 2022

Here we go again: pandemic-weary Toronto theatre companies adapt to new Omicron restrictions by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

As indoor gathering is once again prohibited, theatres respond by postponing, cancelling and shifting performances online.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:19PM
Thursday, January 6, 2022

From a line of Filipino revolutionaries, leadership is in Nina Lee Aquino’s blood by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Aquino goes from transforming Factory Theatre to leading English theatre at the National Arts Centre.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Mirvish Productions changes the dates of three more shows, including Emma Donoghue’s ‘Room’ by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Changes to the season mean Toronto will also get a hit version of the musical “Singin’ in the Rain” in September.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:23PM
Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Mirvish postpones Jake Epstein’s ‘Boy Falls From the Sky’ due to latest COVID-19 closures by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

“Jake’s superb show deserves the best opportunity to be seen,” says David Mirvish in postponing the solo show to April and May.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:23PM
Sunday, January 2, 2022

‘Come From Away’ closed after reopening for just seven days. Its producers blame a lack of government support by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Canada’s most successful homegrown musical reopened after a 21-month pandemic hiatus, only to permanently shutter its doors.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:30AM
Thursday, December 16, 2021

Audience and cast of ‘Come From Away’ welcome each other back in emotional night at the theatre by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“I’ve had a lot of openings in my life and this is probably the most overwhelming experience,” says actor Lisa Horner.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:15PM
Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Tyrone Huntley suddenly found himself on stage with Alvin Crawford for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ after a lead actor was arrested on Jan. 6 riot cha by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Huntley from England and Brampton’s Crawford play side by side in the show, currently running till Jan. 2 at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:30AM
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Jazz, astrology and the northern lights combine in Rodney Diverlus’s dance work ‘Sagittarius, Meet Capricorn’ by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

One of Toronto’s fastest rising dance talents, Diverlus is part of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre’s WinterSong at Harbourfront.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Monday, December 6, 2021

With electric staging, dancing and singing, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ offers catharsis to pandemic-weary Toronto audiences by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The excellent cast dig deep into the songs; the band rocks hard and the choreography offers physical expression of the intense, shifting emotions.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:16PM
Friday, December 3, 2021

A composer and a gentleman: Canadian theatre artists remember Stephen Sondheim by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“The most important thing that he taught us was never underestimate your audience. If you don’t do your best they’ll know.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:56PM

Second City Toronto gets a new (temporary location), a new devotion to diversity, a new lease on life by Denis Grignon - Special To The Star

“There are so many other theatres that didn’t make it. And we’re the most stable that we’ve ever been,” says COO Parisa Jalili.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Thursday, December 2, 2021

With fewer performances and no ‘adorable little lambs’ ‘The Nutcracker’ returns in person to local stages by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

The National Ballet, Ballet Jörgen and Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement manage to bring back the holiday season ritual with pandemic restrictions.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:22PM

Electrifying, visceral and deeply emotional: this ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ aims to deliver the ‘wow factor’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The production that hit Toronto this week — making headlines over the arrest of its lead actor in the Capitol riot — is meant to be as much rock gig as stage musical, giving audiences th…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:30AM
Thursday, November 25, 2021

Ballet boys get help from adult dancers with bullies, homophobia by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Toronto-based dance company offers mentorship and aid knocking down stereotypes.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The Stratford Festival will return with 10 productions in four theatres in 2022 by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

A highlight of the season, the festival’s 70th, will be the grand reopening of the Tom Patterson Theatre with ‘Richard III,’ which was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Monday, November 22, 2021

David Mirvish gets ‘sorted’ into a Hogwarts house in honour of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

“Harry Potter” mania appears to be with us once again, what with the 20th anniversary of the first film, the announcement of an HBO Max reunion special and tickets for Toronto’s “Cur…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Thursday, November 18, 2021

Loyal patrons and a cheque from Martha Henry kept the Coal Mine Theatre going through pandemic times by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“If we were grateful to them before, now we’re indebted,” says Coal Mine co-founder Diana Bentley. The tiny Danforth theatre returns with a half season of two highly acclaimed plays.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Dusty props and tears of joy: returning to live theatre ‘feels fantastic’ for local artists by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“Come From Away” stage manager stepped into a “time capsule” his first time back in the theatre since March 13, 2020. Shaw Festival performers cried when they played “Irving Berlin…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:52PM
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

‘We became like one living being’ — dancers bond, literally, at ‘Bodies in Urban Spaces’ audition by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Dancers auditioned at the Bentway Studio for a Toronto version of ‘Bodies in Urban Spaces,’ a site-specific street performance in which locally recruited casts in colourful, gender-blurr…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:12PM

Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre set to reopen with ‘Come From Away’ by Urbi Khan - Staff Reporter

Performances of “Come From Away” will resume on Dec. 15 with tickets on sale on Nov. 10 after Ontario lifted capacity limits last month for most indoor settings that require proof of vac…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:21PM
Thursday, October 21, 2021

Caleb Teicher’s and Conrad Tao’s ‘More Forever’: exuberant joy with a melancholy undertow that speaks to the fragility of human existence by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Pianist Tao and dancer Teicher encountered each other as teenagers at an arts competition where Tao composed a classical arrangement of Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair.” “More Forever…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:26PM
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Canada’s ‘Harry Potter’ can’t wait to bring ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ to Toronto. Tickets go on sale Dec. 1 by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Canadian actor Trevor White is ‘nervous but thrilled’ to portray an adult Harry Potter in the blockbuster play that picks up nearly two decades from where J.K. Rowling’s books left off…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
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

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