Friday, June 21, 2019

Here’s why the deaf musical The Black Drum is an achievement worth applauding by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

As a hearing theatregoer, Carly Maga was put off-kilter by the musical, performed entirely in American Sign Language, but The Black Drum has other offerings for nondeaf patrons apart from it…

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Why Def Leppard finally said yes to musical Rock of Ages by Caryn Ganz - The New York Times

The show is returning for a limited run in New York celebrating its 10th anniversary, and the band is on board — finally.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Fall for Dance North announces its fifth season by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Festival commissions three works from street dance choreographer Caroline “Lady C” Fraser, Montreal’s Anne Plamondon and Ojibway choreographer Cody Berry.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Jumbo the elephant lives again on the Blyth Festival stage by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Sean Dixon’s play about the ‘world’s first animal superstar’ revisits his life and death in St. Thomas, Ontario, writes Karen Fricker.

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Factory Theatre combines past and future in 50th anniversary season by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Artistic director Nina Lee Aquino resurrects theatre pieces emblematic of past Factory leaders and connect them with contemporary artists of colour, writes Carly Maga.

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The Cave at Luminato asks us to listen to the animals by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This song cycle gives us sheltering in a cave from a massive forest fire, who entertain themselves and us even as the threat of destruction grows closer, writes Karen Fricker.

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Here’s why classic theatre like The Horse and His Boy and The Front Page needs a helping hand by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The Shaw and Stratford festivals have been busy adapting the C.S. Lewis story and the Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur comedy for modern audiences, writes Carly Maga.

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Winnipeg General Strike inspires a movie musical love story Stand by Kelly Geraldine Malone - The Canadian Press

Movie musical personalizes the sacrifices of immigrants and labour leaders in Winnipeg, some of whom died and several of whom were arrested in a police crackdown.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Nathan the Wise still works as an argument for religious tolerance by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Part of the reason that Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s 1779 play still resonates is that it resists the impulse to make its characters unrealistic moral symbols, writes Carly Maga.

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Xiao Nan Yu’s swan song with the National Ballet of Canada by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Principal dancer is set to take the lead in The Merry Widow, her last ballet with the esteemed company after joining more than 20 years ago.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Stratford’s The Neverending Story is a glitter thrill ride that spotlights its own shortcomings by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The script assumes an audience will be so familiar with the story from the novel that what unfolds is like a play in the form of a connect-the-dots drawing, writes Carly Maga.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Mother’s Daughter is a compelling exploration of sexuality and power by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Playwright and director counter the story’s darkness with a strong sense of humour that runs throughout.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Who’s the man behind Toronto’s Dear Evan Hansen by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Robert Markus goes for a walk with Debra Yeo and talks about getting the ‘behemoth of a role’ and the Stratford Festival show that kindled his love of musical theatre.

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Four Sisters at Luminato plays with time and delivers some hope by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The culmination of Susanna Fournier’s Empire Trilogy gives up control (narratively, physically, historically) to restore a bit of hope to a dark world, writes Carly Maga.

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Why The Lion King and The Book of Mormon can still pack theatres by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Lion King enthralls with its design, music and performance while Mormon delivers risqué material ‘with a heart,’ theatre experts tell Karen Fricker.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Mirvish aims for screech-in world record at Come From Away by Victoria Ahearn - The Canadian Press

The entire audience at the July performance will be invited to down a shot of screech (or ginger ale) and kiss a plastic cod.

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Bridge-builder’s royalty-themed plays at Stratford Festival connects us to history by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Busy Kate Hennig’s plays, with their contemporary language, make us see historical figures in a more sympathetic light. That’s just one thing she working on, however.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Tony-winning Canadian choreographer speaks out over U.S. crackdown on illegal immigration by The Canadian Press

Sergio Trujillo said he had never spoken publicly about his own illegal history

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Tony highlights: A historic win and a strong night for women by Jocelyn Noveck - The Associated Press

“This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena,” Ali Str…

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Stratford Festival’s Othello not just about jealousy by Hayley Malouin - Special To The Star

The production of Shakespeare’s tragedy is also an exploration of racism and corrosive masculinity.

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Othello director tackles the heavy subjects by Hayley Malouin - Special To The Star

Nigel Shawn Williams aims to unravel patriarchy, misogyny, and our ‘enforced states of being.’

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Full Light of Day sometimes finds message obscured by clashing mediums by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The marriage of the material realities of live theatrical staging and the formal conventions of screen media clash because audiences’ familiarity with the latter are likely to make them im…

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Ronnie Burkett’s Forget Me Not at Luminato is a true hands-on experience for the audience by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

It’s we who illuminate Burkett’s marionettes with flashlights. It’s we whom Burkett entrusts with handmade hand puppets. And it’s we who decide (or not) to buy into his interweaving …

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Monday Nights teams basketball and drama by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The 6th Man Collective, whose weekly basketball games have grown into an interactive play that weaves the sport with their personal stories, are happy to have their performance come in confl…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Luminato festival drums up the divine with KIRA by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Cultural tradition of African drumming underlies KIRA, The Path | La Voie, which is described as a celebration of humanity “as one village and its sacred bond to nature.”

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Drowsy Chaperone creator Bob Martin heads back to the Tonys with The Prom by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Canadian Martin co-authored the book for The Prom, about four out-of-work Broadway stars confronting homophobia in a small Indiana town.

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Book of My Shames is a one-man show to make us proud by John Terauds - Special To The Star

Isaiah Bell’s Toronto show hits universal notes.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Why Hadestown deserves the Tony Award for best musical of the year by Charles McNulty - Los Angeles Times

Nominated for 14 Tony Awards, the most of any production, Hadestown should, if there’s any justice in the Broadway universe, take home the evening’s top prize.

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How a 164-year-old brawl became the show Toronto Circus Riot by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Angela Murdoch and her company Lookup Theatre turned the true story of a battle between Toronto Orangemen and an American circus troupe into a circus-comedy hybrid playing Sterling Rd.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Christopher House ends 25 years at head of Toronto Dance Theatre by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

After 25 years as artistic director, and another 15 as a dancer with the company, House tells Michael Crabb he’s ready to try something new.

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Strong ensemble cast keeps Stratford’s The Merry Wives of Windsor from wearing out its welcome by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Shakespeare’s prank-filled comedy is chockablock with gags with diminishing returns, but Antoni Cimolino swaddles the characters with empathy, writes Carly Maga.

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