Friday, April 9, 2021

The show will go on, beleaguered performing arts companies hope — but mostly outdoors by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

With the latest COVID-19 stay-at-home order in Ontario preventing theatre companies from even rehearsing or recording content, organizations are cautiously planning late spring or summer sho…

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Peggy Baker will cap a storied dance career by making room for other dancers’ stories by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

‘Toronto is one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, but we haven’t had the equity,’ Baker tells Michael Crabb. She will wind up Peggy Baker Dance Projects by June 2023 to …

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Friday, March 26, 2021

‘These pieces celebrate strength and resilience.’ The Indigenous arts community come together for MMIWG multimedia project by Robyn Grant-Morin - Special To The Star

‘Embodying Power and Place’ is a collection created in response to the federal commission on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls 2019 report.

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Friday, March 12, 2021

In the 1930s a Black actor from Canada played God in a hit Broadway play — now another Black actor is bringing him back to audiences by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Richard B. Harrison made a living touring North America reading Shakespeare and poetry until ‘The Green Pastures’ came along. Actor Walter Borden and director Jeff Culbert want to make s…

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

As shows like ‘Come From Away’ and ‘Hamilton’ play to full houses in Australia, the rest of the theatre world watches and waits by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Some of the world’s most successful musicals are hitting Australian stages thanks to that country’s COVID-19 measures. In Toronto, where theatres are still closed, arts organizations are…

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Anishinaabe theatre artist Herbie Barnes named artistic director of Young People’s Theatre by Ann Marie Elpa - Staff Reporter

“I have always found my place in children’s theatre,” says Barnes who has an extensive 30-year-career as an actor, director, playwright and educator

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Soulpepper will take audiences ‘Around the World in 80 Plays,’ letting theatre lovers experience new lands and cultures without ever leaving their by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Featuring plays and related content from countries like Nigeria and Argentina — and from the Cree, Saulteaux and Métis nations in Canada — Soulpepper hopes to broaden artistic horizons.…

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CBC Arts and Obsidian Theatre asked ‘What is the future of Blackness?’ Black theatre students who are the future have some thoughts by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,carly Maga - Theatre Critic

In a project sponsored by York and Brock universities, 21 students shared their responses to the plays in ‘21 Black Futures.’ In songs, poems, American Sign Language videos and more, the…

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Robert Binet’s ‘The Dreamers Ever Leave You’ started as an intimate performance at the AGO. When the pandemic sidelined a Harbourfront run it wa by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

‘Dreamers’ is the latest addition to the National Ballet of Canada’s free online programming. The company has also commissioned new works from Jennifer Archibald, Vanesa Garcia-Ribala …

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A great dance company, a famous Canadian choreographer and a broadcast quality recording made in Paris: that’s Crystal Pite’s ‘Body and Soul’ by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

The work that Pite made for Paris Opera Ballet has its Canadian digital premiere on Feb. 17 through new dance initiative Digidance.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

You can’t go to the theatre. Artists can’t even share the same space, so how does the show go on? Theatre companies pivot yet again by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,carly Maga - Theatre Critic

While Tarragon Theatre is taking its world premiere of ‘Orestes’ entirely online and ‘february: a love story’ has become a film, the Rhubarb Festival is going analogue — the 2021 e…

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

‘A year ago, I would not have applied for this job’: Karine Ricard on becoming the first Black leader of a professional Francophone theatre compan by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Ricard, who takes over the helm of the Théâtre français de Toronto in July, joins a number of other recently appointed female Black theatre leaders in Toronto, including Weyni Mengesha at…

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Here’s what we learned about theatre in 2020 and what we miss — yes, even the washroom lineups by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Among other things, Star theatre critics Karen Fricker and Carly Maga learned that our theatre scene is built on unjust foundations, that local companies ‘pivoted’ and fast, and that you…

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

How Handel’s Messiah became a ‘Canadian’ Messiah: by inviting Indigenous and BIPOC soloists to make it their own by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Against the Grain Theatre joined with Reneltta Arluk to bring some change to the opera world. ‘There are going to be more Indigenous and BIPOC people watching this version of Handel’s Me…

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

When you watch Ross Petty’s annual family musical at home, make sure you get up and dance by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The pandemic forced Petty’s holiday pantomime to go virtual this year, but he hopes its signature audience interaction remains: ‘This is not a Zoom call. We’re making sure they underst…

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Drag performer Taylor Mac has a Christmas treat for you: a livestreamed version of variety show ‘Holiday Sauce’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

TO Live and Buddies in Bad Times are among the international organizations supporting ‘Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce — Pandemic!’ — a vaudeville-style revue of musical numbers, film, …

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Friday, December 4, 2020

How Toronto’s Harold Green Jewish Theatre brought the world together for ‘A Global Hanukkah Celebration’ concert by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

From Berlin to Sydney, Toronto’s co-artistic directors David Eisner and Avery Saltzman bring together a dozen Jewish theatres from around the world to link up in seasonal concert

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Why the National Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ — onscreen instead of onstage this year — is still a stunner worth seeing by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

When this version was first seen in theatres in 2008, the Toronto cinema audience applauded virtuoso dances much as they might have in the Four Seasons Centre. The lead performances by Sonia…

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Opera Atelier premieres a new season with a streamed production and superstar Canadian soprano, Measha Brueggergosman by Robyn Grant-Moran - Special To The Star

Baroque, pastiche-style show ‘Something Rich & Strange,’ filmed live on stage at Koerner Hall, streams on Saturday, Dec. 12

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Patricia Beatty, co-founder of Toronto Dance Theatre, remembered as “a giant in Canadian dance, a true pioneer” by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Beatty’s dance school has evolved to become one of Canada’s leading; her teaching has “impacted on thousands.” She has died age 84

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Dance isn’t just for young people, says Learie Mc Nicolls: ‘There is still something beautiful in seeing a mature artist move in space’ by Gary Smith - Special To The Spectator

The Trinidad-born, Hamilton-based dancer is part of Claudia Moore’s annual showcase of dancers of a certain age, ‘Older & Reckless,’ happening online Nov. 6.

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Students connect with online play’s real-life pandemic plot by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Theatre Direct’s new online show pulls young audiences in with its Zoom-style staging and post-show talkback.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Stratford fest creates deliciously ridiculous online soap opera to get us through a COVID-19 winter by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Freshly created web series ‘Leer Estates’ is just one highlight of theatre fest’s new digital subscription service, also a Shakespearean game show and films of famed stage productions …

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Five playwrights shortlisted for $100K Siminovitch Prize for theatre by The Canadian Press

The Siminovitch Prize, which rotates on a three-year cycle to recognize contributions to different theatrical fields, is this year honouring excellence in playwriting.

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Princess of Wales Theatre is set to re-open with a detailed pandemic plan and a pertinent play about an outbreak by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

“The key to it all is for people to be safe,” says David Mirvish of staging the North American premiere of British sound-installation ‘Blindness’ at the theatre

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Miss live shows? Canadian Stage launches outdoor Dance in High Park weekend series with limited audiences by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

With COVID-19 scuppering shows, three Canadian dance companies have come up with innovative ways to do in person and livestream performances

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Monday, September 21, 2020

#iMissLiveTheatreTO campaign asks for your favourite stage moments by Garnet Fraser - Toronto Star

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts’ campaign, running through Sept. 27, encourages audience members to post on social media recalling a memorable local performance.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

First came the pandemic, then the Black Lives Matter uprising: Toronto’s theatre industry has to find a way to address both by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

What will the future hold for theatre in Toronto? It has to extend beyond how to stage live productions again during COVID-19 to the very structure of organizations, to who’s making theatr…

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

West End shows announce a return, even as U.K. coronavirus cases rise by Alex Marshall - The New York Times

One of Britain’s hit shows is set to become the first musical to reopen on London’s West End since Britain went into lockdown in March.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Over a storied acting and directing career, Philip Akin has made sure Black theatre lives matter — a new award will keep that legacy alive by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Philip Akin has stepped down as artistic director of Obsidian Theatre, but the Philip Akin — Black Shoulders Legacy Award will keep his tradition of mentorship alive beyond his lifetime by…

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They lost their work, rituals and comradeship to COVID-19. Ballet performers are only now getting some of their old routine back — here’s how they by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Accustomed to large spaces, busy schedules and comradeship, National Ballet performers are only now getting some of their old routine back. They explain how they’ve coped

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2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre