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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Friday, September 4, 2020

Going to a live indoor Second City show felt strange and unnerving — for both the audience and the performers by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The entire cast seemed nervous, writes theatre critic Carly Maga, but the atmosphere of these five people making their way through something that used to feel normal, now rendered foreign, p…

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

The National Ballet of Canada takes its fall season online so its dancers can perform again by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

‘We must find ways to allow them to dance,’ says Karen Kain in announcing ‘Expansive Dances’ by Robert Binet, Alysa Pires and Guillaume Côté, and the ‘Spotlight Series’ by Jera…

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

National Arts Centre takes theatre to the great outdoors with COVID-friendly performances by Adina Bresge - The Canadian Press

The Grand Acts of Theatre initiative will see large-scale outdoor works staged in 11 communities from coast to coast as the pandemic has shuttered live venues

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Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre celebrates a century of showtime! by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

From showgirls and vaudeville to scandals and corporate rescues, the former Pantages Theatre, renamed for beloved Toronto impresario and businessman Ed Mirvish, turns 100 with a more muted C…

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Monday, August 24, 2020

The Ed Mirvish Theatre turns 100 on Aug. 28 and Mirvish will celebrate with limited guided tours by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

It opened Aug. 28, 1920 as the Pantages vaudeville theatre, became the Imperial during its years as a movie theatre and went back to the Pantages with ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ in 1989.…

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Sunday, August 23, 2020

Five podcasts to bring theatre into your home by Phoebe Lett - The New York Times

Many theatre companies are closed amid the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t immerse yourself in the magic of a play.

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Friday, August 21, 2020

Tony Awards for shortened Broadway season will go digital by Mark Kennedy

Tony Award Productions said Friday that the celebration of live theatre will be digital but offered no date or streaming platform.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

If you’ve been missing theatre in Toronto, here are two plays you can see — outdoors — before August ends by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Guild Festival Theatre is staging its ‘Alice in Wonderland, ‘Salt-Water Moon,’ puppets, music and dance hybrid in the east end; Theaturtle and Shakespeare in Action present the Wajdi M…

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Author Andre Alexis on the importance of ‘play’ in pandemic-set audio drama by Adina Bresge - The Canadian Press

The award-winning Canadian author says his new audio drama started as a game between him and his partner’s daughter.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

For Greece’s theatres, the coronavirus is a tragedy by Niki Kitsantonis - The New York Times

Even if closed theatres reopen in the fall, the social distancing rules that they will most likely have to introduce will mean greatly reduced ticket sales — and state subsidies on their o…

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Monday, July 20, 2020

The ghosts of Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre star in new serialized story and podcast by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

‘Ghosts of the Royal Alex’ takes readers and listeners inside Canada’s ‘most famous haunted theatre’ with biweekly episodes.

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Swan song for National Ballet’s Lorna Geddes and Laszlo Surmeyan after a combined 114 years on stage by William Littler - Contributing Columnist

After a combined 114 years on stage Lorna Geddes and Laszlo Surmeyan bid farewell to a lifetime of character roles in the National Ballet’s corps de ballet

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade face racism and the ‘comedy problem’ by Jessica Gelt - Los Angeles Times

There is finite room in the top ranks of L.A.’s leading improv and sketch comedy groups, and the performers selected to breathe the rarefied air have long been white.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

‘The Brothers Size’ and ‘The Mush Hole’ take five Dora Awards each by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Canadian Opera Company wins four for ‘Rusalka’; ‘Piaf/Dietrich’ is named Best Musical; and ‘Caroline, or Change’ takes the performance awards in the musical theatre category.

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Broadway shutdown due to coronavirus extended again until January by Mark Kennedy

Although an exact date for performances to resume has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through Jan. 3.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Canadian Opera Company calls off fall schedule by Garnet Fraser - Toronto Star

In-person performances not happening until early 2021, though the COC is creating online offerings.

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