Monday, December 10, 2018

The Philosopher’s Wife interrogates the danger in valuing one belief system over another by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The play is the first in Susanna Fournier’s Empire Trilogy and evidence of a journey worth completing, writes Carly Maga.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Generational culture clash keeps things light in short, dark comedy No Clowns Allowed by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

A piece of advice for audiences is to pay attention right off the top, as information provided then informs everything that follows.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018
Friday, December 7, 2018

Alice the Magnet isn’t a smash but it keeps the audience off-balance by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Deepening, twisting story of self-help entrepreneur is closing soon, and theatre fans looking to be made uncomfortable should check it out.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Wonder Pageant’s gifted improvisers turned my day into holiday hilarity by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Songs, jokes and meta-jokes in an intimate space are just what this time of year needs, writes Karen Fricker.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Actors in hit U.K. play The Jungle manage to overcome Trump travel ban by Michael Paulson New York Times

Trying to get two Iranians and a Syrian into Trump-era America to perform a drama that is inherently sympathetic to refugees was, to put it mildly, daunting. But the producers did not give u…

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Acclaimed clown troupe brings show to Toronto to spread joy — and repair buffoons’ image by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Slava’s cause is coming to clown: the veteran performer Slava Polunin makes the case for the spirit his Academy of Fools company brings to Bluma Appel Theatre this month with Slava’s Sno…

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Play on a treadmill raises urgent questions by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Powerful direction and design choices, a committed solo performance and well-advised brevity make a strong impact.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Coming of age tale hits full stride by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

After several weeks of controversy, Buddies in Bad Times is back to the business of its 40th anniversary season with a welcome revival of this 2012 hit.

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Ross Petty and Rob Torr explain why we need Christmas pantos today more than ever by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Petty, who’s staging The Wizard of Oz, sees pantos as a response to the negativity coming from the U.S. while Torr, whose Torrent Productions is presenting Cinderella, touts pantos for bri…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Every Brilliant Thing is feel-good theatre that doesn’t always feel genuine by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

As charming as the concept is, playwright Duncan Macmillan’s focus on a list of brilliant things skirts over the nitty gritty of his own story, and having audience members read off cue car…

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

The kids are top-class in School of Rock by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical adaptation of the hit film is too long, yet it gets better as it goes along, thanks to an impressive cast of young talent who play their own instruments, writ…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Buddies in Bad Times co-founder Sky Gilbert severs ties with theatre company by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Gilbert claims company is no longer a gay and lesbian theatre, but Carly Maga writes that the controversy isn’t really about Gilbert, it’s about addressing systemic inequality and deeply…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

In Dividing Lines, Beatriz Pizano shares a story about family and death by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Pizano treats both her own history and her parents’ as well as the emotionally complicated issue of euthanasia with softness and humour, writes Carly Maga.

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Ellie Moon’s new play proves she’s a theatrical force by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

With her sophomore effort, the young playwright show she has lots to say, and she’s going to say it loud and fast.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is extra sweet, rarely bitter by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The touring version of the new musical doesn’t always work, but the Oompah Loompahs are a treat, writes Carly Maga.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Come From Away gets an extra nine weeks at the Elgin Theatre by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Tickets for new performances of the beloved Canadian musical go on sale Nov. 24.

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Meet the South African dancer who followed a Billy Elliot-like path to the National Ballet of Canada by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Siphesihle November, Siphe for short, is the only corps de ballet member dancing the demanding lead role of Puck in the National Ballet’s production of The Dream.

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A theatre critic and her mom go to Like Mother, Like Daughter and then have their own Q&A by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

In Like Mother, Like Daughter, real-life moms and daughters ask each other sometimes deep questions. Themes like the sacrifices that moms make rang true for Carly Maga’s mother.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Monica Esteves joins Canadian Stage as executive director by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Longtime Toronto arts manager leaves Crow’s Theatre, where she helped spearhead the campaign to build Streetcar Crowsnest.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Space Opera Zero is more delightfully absurd than it has any right to be by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Take the 17th-century story The Changeling, add melodrama, interplanetary warfare and lasers, and an esthetic debt to Star Trek and you have this Eldritch Theatre soap opera in space, writes…

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The Monkey Queen envisions a marvellous world not always fully realized onstage by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

There is a disconnect between the wild imaginative power of Monkey’s adventures and the limited material means through which they’re conveyed, writes Karen Fricker.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

In We Keep Coming Back, real-life mother and son explore how trauma ripples through generations by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

We Keep Coming Back is part therapy session, part ethnography study, part storytelling, and part high-tech analysis of the many ways trauma embeds itself into family, national, and personal …

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Friday, November 16, 2018

The Message does well at unpacking some of Marshall McLuhan’s idea but becomes repetitive and predictable by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

R.H. Thomson is in bravura form as McLuhan, but play’s female actors are sorely underused, writes Karen Fricker.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Middletown playwright Will Eno on weird odd jobs, finding success — and avoiding irony by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Middletown, now at Toronto’s Streetcar Crowsnest, shows off authorial voice found, the writer says, after exhausting work on Wall Street.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A mother and son make peace with each other and history in We Keep Coming Back by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Michael Rubenfeld took mother Mary Berchard, a daughter of Holocaust survivors, to Poland to work some things out in their relationship. He came back with a documentary play.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

New dance show Grand Finale brings humour to the apocalypse by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Creator Hofesh Shechter sees humanity’s end coming within a century, but new work coming to the Bluma Appel theatre this week is, he says, full of communion.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Svetlana Lunkina triumphs as Anna Karenina in John Neumeier’s sometimes overwrought ballet version of the Tolstoy novel by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

The National Ballet of Canada’s dancers acquit themselves most honourably, with Lunkina giving a detailed, insightful performance that earned one’s sympathy for a complex character, writ…

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Helen’s Necklace feels dated despite updated casting by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Director Ken Gass’s new approach with female actors of varied cultural and ethnic backgrounds comes across as projecting the experiences of others.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Great singing and energetic dancing give Young People’s Theatre’s Mary Poppins a lift by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

YPT’s version of the beloved musical also takes a welcome approach to casting, with Vanessa Sears playing Mary with winning crispness, writes Karen Fricker.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The court battle that put the First World War on trial is relived onstage in Cobourg by Lee Berthiaume - The Canadian Press

Last Day, Last Hour, about Sir Arthur Currie’s libel suit against the Port Hope Evening Guide, is staged in the original courtroom where the trial took place.

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