Saturday, April 20, 2019

How to grab an audience by the lapels by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Old Stock is meant to put a human face on the refugee experience.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Rachel Chavkin is a great success on Broadway, but is a rare item by John Carucci - The Associated Press

Despite the theatre community embracing inclusion onstage with gender identity and non-traditional casting, when it comes to directors, there’s still a gender imbalance.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

La Bohème is safe but sung with spirit at Canadian Opera Company by John Terauds - Special To The Star

Soprano Angel Blue excels as Mimi in traditional production that’s still impressive. Well, except the wigs.

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Torquil Campbell returns to Crow’s Theatre with concert/theatre hybrid Stars: Together by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

New Crow’s Theatre season also includes Annie Baker’s The Flick, Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet, Groundling’s Julius Caesar, a reprise of Secret Life of a Mother and the second play in …

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The debate over theatre trigger warnings: Are they art killers or a vital audience service? by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

For performer Sky Gilbert, trigger warnings are ‘dangerous for art.’ The Coal Mine Theatre, on the other hand, plans to change what it stages to avoid triggering audiences, writes Karen …

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Theatre company Outside the March takes its audience to the movies by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The 10th anniversary season will feature Annie Baker’s The Flick, set in a cinema, and the immersive production The Tape Escape in an old Queen Video storefront.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

#MeToo story finds power in its normalcy by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Drama about a complex sexual encounter is informative for those who can’t relate to the #MeToo movement, and empowering for those who do.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Copenhagen’s intense banter leaves the audience behind by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Soulpepper production is clearest when the script dives into personal territory, Carly Maga writes.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Bigre’s frivolous, bawdy slapstick has a charming French twist by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The language barrier proves no obstacle for show full of rude, fun energy.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Why Ramones play Four Chords and a Gun fails so completely by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Story built around Phil Spector’s gun is a complete misfire as script and direction leave actors mostly handcuffed.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Chemical Valley Project’s bleak environmental snapshot could be cleaned up by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Grimly potent details about Sarnia’s petrochemical industry brought to light in production whose ambitions sometimes outstrip its reach.

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James Kudelka and Evelyn Hart team up again on Four Old Legs by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Now in their 60s, they first met as National Ballet School students. The former Royal Winnipeg prima ballerina and National Ballet artistic director explain why they’ve paired up once more…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

How can theatre companies get Indigenous land acknowledgments right? by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Noting Indigenous history and legacy now seems obligatory for public arts events, but no consensus has emerged about the right notes to strike, and Hayden King, for one, sees harm in how the…

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Dear Evan Hansen extends Toronto run to Sept. 29 by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

A new block of tickets is on sale for the Tony Award-winning musical.

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Brooke Lynn Hytes takes drag-show momentum back to Toronto for a high-camp live mash-up by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Canadian Brock Hayhoe and his reality-TV star alter ego glad to be back for First Wives Fight Club on April 10.

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Kopernikus is more requiem for science than an opera by John Terauds - Special To The Star

Against the Grain produces great staging of a strange opera.

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Go-for-broke performances drive Sarah Burgess’s Dry Powder by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

More than a glimpse at the inner workings of leveraged buyout schemes, production offers a vantage on the mentality of those whose world is defined by them.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Guarded Girls’ look into women’s prison rewards author’s risks by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Staging is imperfect but structure and capable cast help make new show at Tarragon Theatre worthwhile.

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Angélique’s ambitions pay off, mostly, in slave’s tale by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Jenny Brizard soars in title role as four theatre companies pool their efforts for a demanding play that should be produced more often.

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Under the Stairs borrows from kid-lit classics with success by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

New play’s tale of an anxious boy’s mystical adventure is endearing even if it’s not revolutionary.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Shove It Down My Throat takes a meta approach to a true crime story by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Playwright Johnnie Walker shows the audience his struggle over how to tell the story of a 2013 knife fight that sent Luke O’Donovan to jail.

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Actors playing the Ramones love bringing the characters — not the songs — to life by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Performers delve into legendary band’s tensions, worsened by Phil Spector’s manipulations, for new play Four Chords and a Gun.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Steve Martin and Martin Short on reinvention, fake friendship and bribery by Garnet Fraser - Toronto Star

Stars come to Toronto April 12 and 13 on their Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t tour.

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Bigre, a stage comedy inspired by living in tiny rooms, has had big success by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Bigre has made people laugh across Europe, but transporting it to Toronto brings an element of risk for Pierre Guillois, writes Karen Fricker.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

We Will Rock You will rock again thanks to the film Bohemian Rhapsody by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Annerin Productions revives the musical featuring the music of Queen for a North American tour.

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Measha Brueggergosman returns to Elettra, 11 years, one divorce and two kids later by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Soprano says there are very few roles she’s done twice, but Elettra in Opera Atelier’s Idomeneo is one of them.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

A Blow in the Face takes audiences through the ‘cave’ of postpartum depression by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

New play is part of Lisa Ryder’s efforts to rupture societal taboos around such experiences, which are widely shared and yet still not much talked about in the mainstream.

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Stratford Festival extends Antoni Cimolino’s contract as festival reports sixth straight surplus by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

In 2018, the festival made a $1.9-million surplus and earned its highest ticket revenue in 10 years, in part due to the popularity of The Rocky Horror Show.

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Modern Times offers a faithful rendition of Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Presented as one act in about 90 minutes, the quickened pace of Soheil Parsa’s adaptation lessens the characters’ ennui and detracts from the play’s sense of tragedy, writes Carly Maga.

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Friday, March 29, 2019

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