Monday, September 24, 2018

Mirvish Productions shows off snippets of 2018/2019 season by Raju Mudhar - Staff Reporter

David Mirvish compares emotional power of incoming Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen to local smash Come From Away.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Gertrude and Alice shifts perspective on a known script by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

As the opener of the Buddies 40th anniversary season, the world’s oldest queer-dedicated theatre company, this new production of Gertrude and Alice takes inspiration from Gertrude Stein’…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Meet the people who didn’t like ‘Hamilton’ by Zachary Pincus-Roth - The Washington Post

Who are the few poor souls who don’t actually like this thing?

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Toronto theatre designer Camellia Koo nominated for Siminovitch Prize by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Theatre prize will bestow $75,000 on one of four designers and $25,000 to a protégé of their choice.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Megan Follows to receive Stratford Festival’s Legacy Award by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Actress known for TV roles like Anne of Green Gables and Catherine de’ Medici in Reign spent two seasons at the theatre festival.

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Buddies in Bad Times, proudly queer and still here almost 40 years later by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Toronto theatre company celebrates its 40th by looking both forward and back, beginning with a play about queer icons Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Luminato Festival chooses its new artistic director from within the organization and the city by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Toronto-born Naomi Campbell, who has been with festival since 2011, takes over from the departed Josephine Ridge.

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Fall brings an embarrassment of theatre riches to Toronto, and the Star’s critics pick out some gems by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Toronto Star critics Karen Fricker and Carly Maga lay out their best bets for the new season: from the play The Nether to site-specific work Dr. Silver: A Celebration of Life, to musical Sch…

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Paul F. Tompkins, Marc Evan Jackson added to JFL42 lineup by Garnet Fraser - Toronto Star

Podcast collaborators bring a ‘Two-Gentleman Improv Show’ to Toronto in latest tweak to comedy fest later this month.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Stratford Festival adds journalism comedy-drama The Front Page to its 2019 playbill

1928 satire will be adapted by Michael Healey and directed by Graham Abbey.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Robert Lepage’s Kanata to go ahead in Paris this December by The Canadian Press

The controversial play, which explores the relationship between whites and Indigenous peoples, will go ahead after previously being cancelled following content-related criticism.

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Forgotten Indigenous opera singer Tsianina Redfeather has her story spotlighted on a Toronto stage by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Redfeather inspired the 1918 opera Shanewis and now, the musical I Call myself Princess by Jani Lauzon.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Sisters’ journey through life moves the heart, though it’s hasty by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Two women see their path through life diverge in a promising, moving new creation from Soulpepper.

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After Albert Schultz, Soulpepper goes to Britain to find its new executive director by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Emma Stenning comes to Toronto, after scandal drove Schultz from his post, after serving as chief executive at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre in England.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A trio of female theatre friends tackle a play about an intimate female relationship by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Everything came together to allow Maev Beaty and Liisa Repo-Martell to appear in A Beautiful View, directed by Andrea Donaldson.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Portia’s Julius Caesar finds women’s story in remixed Shakespeare by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Outdoor Toronto show’s fresh perspective, partly created by writer Kaitlyn Riordan, shows us an unseen side of ancient Rome.

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At SummerWorks, shows can learn from the audience, at an early stage by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The theatre festival for works in development shows its merits as, while still evolving, two shows got valuable exposure to an audience’s responses and opinions.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Napoli Milionaria! gives us some wartime laughs, then turns sour by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

You won’t be laughing when this play at Stratford — by star Italian playwright Eduardo De Filippo — ends, writes Carly Maga.

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Lucy Peacock is an admirable Satan in brilliant Paradise Lost at Stratford

Play flies by with an irreverent, extremely funny and stingingly contemporary script by Erin Shields and masterful direction by Jackie Maxwell.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Tension between love and violence enraptures Stratford’s Julius Caesar by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Performances investigate toxic masculinity, misogyny in Scott Wentworth’s direction of Shakespeare play

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Shakespeare’s Othello, directed by Nigel Shawn Williams, leads next year’s Stratford Festival season by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Donna Feore will once again direct and choreograph both the festival’s musicals with Billy Elliot and Little Shop of Horrors.

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Bed and Breakfast a satisfying farce with food for thought by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Real-life couple Gregory Prest and Paolo Santalucia play about 20 characters in Soulpepper run of Mark Crawford’s hit comedy.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Shakespeare’s women take the spotlight in Portia’s Julius Caesar by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Shakespeare in the Ruff joins a trend this summer of staging the Bard with women in lead roles.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Monday, August 13, 2018

Opera Atelier’s Rossini festival debut to be released on DVD by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Toronto opera company’s creative team was invited to produce Rossini’s Ricciardo e Zoraide in Pesaro, Italy.

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Canadian audiences get first taste of Foreigner-inspired rock musical before its run in the U.S. by Bill Graveland - The Canadian Press

Jukebox Hero is a musical that uses Foreigner hits to tell the story of the hard-hit town of Blaydon, Pa., that is saved with the help of a famous local rock star who comes home to stage a b…

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Shaw Festival’s Hound of the Baskervilles struggles to find its footing in genre and tone by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Is it melodrama, spoof, romp, homage, experiment in onstage cinematic storytelling, exploration of male friendship, or celebration of Holmes as a fact-based hero for our fake news era? write…

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These lovebird Mamma Mia! stars aren’t just acting — they’re really in love by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Lucy May Barker and Phillip Ryan, who play Sophie and Sky in the ABBA musical now playing in Toronto, talk about their on- and off-stage relationship.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Epic version of Man and Superman leads Shaw 2019 lineup by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Uncut version of 1903 play, plus Brigadoon and The Ladykillers, coming to theatre fest next year.

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