Sunday, April 20, 2014

Theatre Review: Belleville is an unusually penetrating melodrama by Robert Cushman

Two plays have now opened in Toronto in rapid succession in which a character’s stubbing a toe turns out to be a defining moment

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Friday, April 18, 2014

New York Times theatre critic on James Franco’s rant: ‘He’s entitled to say whatever he likes about me’ by Kate Paddison

Theatre critic Ben Brantley responded to James Franco's all-caps rant earlier this week — and for someone who'd just been called a "little bitch," Brantley was extremely civil

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014

Before he could be Doyle, Allan Hawco had to find a way to embrace chaos in the theatre by David Berry

Allan Hawco almost springs a bit across the courtyard of Canadian Stage's Berkeley Street Theatre, in downtown Toronto. He is, as with a lot of people you're used to seeing on a screen, shor…

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Theatre Review: Soliciting Temptation is the season’s best new Canadian play by Robert Cushman

Erin Shields’ Soliciting Temptation is full of surprises. It unfolds in a series of narrative and character reversals. That makes it compelling. It doesn’t make it believable

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Theatre review: Cock is comfortable with its limitations by Robert Cushman

If you suspect the title Cock of having anatomical significance, your suspicions are justified. It also has metaphorical significance

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Opera Review: With Hercules, COC’s big idea doesn’t help an in-between opera by Arthur Kaptainis

Alas, poor Hercules. Neither opera nor oratorio, fish nor fowl. Styled a “musical drama” by Handel and his librettist, this English-language work of 1745 is not an easy thing to stage, y…

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Theatre Review: When Irish guys are singin’ by Robert Cushman

Irishmen are possessed by an overwhelming passion to sing like their idols. So, at least, Irish drama would have us believe

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spontaneous Theatre: Like improv, but nicer by Benjamin Errett

In theory, improv comedy is a terrific night out. You need no prior knowledge of the show, you bond as an audience and you might even pick up some tips for the game of improvisation that is…

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten to star in touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar by Mark Kennedy

The 1970s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar is being resurrected for a North American tour

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Elvis Stojko can handle the pressure of Chicago by David Berry

Elvis Stojko may have made a career out of leaving it all on the ice, but just because he’s left the ice doesn’t mean that’s all he’s got

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Theatre Review: New Jerusalem is artfully insightful by Alison Broverman, Special To National Post

Under Mitchell Cushman’s direction for the Harold Green Jewish Theatre, this production has the sort of experiential flourish that has become his signature

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Theatre review: The Chekhov Collective’s ethos culminates in a revelatory production of The Seagull by Robert Cushman

Chekhov’s The Seagull famously flopped at its first production, and though there seem to have been purely local and technical reasons for this, the fundamental cause was that neither actor…

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Aleksandar Antonijevic reaches pointe break: After 23 years, the National Ballet principal dancer is leaving to look through a lens by David Berry

After 25 years of tunnel vision, the National Ballet of Canada principal dancer is leaving to look through a lens

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Theatre Review: Sixteen Scandals may well be Second City’s best revue ever – no thanks to Rob Ford by Robert Cushman

Musically, this is the strongest Second City show I remember, running to a duet for a hit-man (the straight-arrow Thompson) and his neglected wife, sung through Andrew Lloyd Webber style, lu…

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Dance Review: Despite tight moves, Arrabal’s story falls apart by Dana Glassman, Special To National Post

A great theatrical production often includes hot dancing, fabulous music, catchy design and a powerful story. Arrabal possesses all of those traits; what it lacks is the glue that binds them…

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Monday, March 10, 2014

A Day in the Life: Naomi Snieckus on the difference between improv and sketch by Naomi Snieckus, Special To National Post

In improv the audience are a big part of the show: you write a play on your feet in front of them

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A Day in the Life: Naomi Snieckus on how to work with your spouse by Naomi Snieckus, Special To National Post

When you perform with your spouse, it helps if you don’t talk about work in bed and don’t talk about bed at work

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A Day in the Life: Naomi Snieckus on what rehearsal looks like by Naomi Snieckus, Special To National Post

Your stage manager is even easier to ignore when he doesn't exist

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Theatre Review: A couple wonders what kind of couple brings a child into this world in the razor-sharp Lungs by Robert Cushman

Lungs, a 2012 British play by Duncan Macmillan, is a terrific evening

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A Day in the Life: Naomi Snieckus by Naomi Snieckus, Special To National Post

We follow the Mr. D theatre and improvisor extraordinaire as she gets ready for TOSketchfest

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Theatre Review: Marry Me a Little is a mashed-up musical that works about as well as it should; A Beautiful View is teasing, elegant by Robert Cushman

It’s all duologues at the Tarragon. In the Extra Space, there’s the all-talking Lungs; on the main stage the all-singing, and sometimes-dancing, Marry Me a Little, which is a sort of Ste…

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Facebook CEO’s sister hoping for well-liked Broadway debut: Randi Zuckerberg to star in Rock of Ages by Associated Press

Randi Zuckerberg, a sister of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is turning to an old medium — the stage

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Ballet Review: National Ballet of Canada’s A Month in the Country and Watch Her highlight the company’s formidable talent by Dana Glassman, Special To National Post

It's no secret that a ballet career is short and there comes a time when even the most acclaimed dancers are forced to bid adieu to certain roles. But often when one door closes another opens

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Theatre Review: The Two Worlds of Charlie F. brings Afghanistan’s real fight to the stage by Robert Cushman

The grandiose title The Two Worlds of Charlie F. conceals a fairly simple production. It’s a drama-documentary that grew from a rehab-come-therapy project in the U.K. for veteran soldiers

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Theatre Review: Heartbeat of Home hops with Irish roving rhythms by Dana Glassman, Special To National Post

Heartbeat of Home was created by John McColgan and Moya Doherty — the husband and wife team that launched Riverdance close to 20 years ago

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Theatre Review: Same Same But Different fails to enliven by Robert Cushman

Anita Majumdar’s new piece Same Same But Different consists of two thematically linked one-act plays, which may be a sly reason for that perplexing title. It also makes for a long evening

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Day in the Life: Anita Majumdar on the sacrifices of being an actor by Special To National Post

'I live with the characters of my plays day in and day out'

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A Day in the Life: Anita Majumdar on shadism by Anita Majumdar, Special To National Post

Writing Same Same But Different has been a plea to call out the legacy of shadism

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A Day in the Life: Live updates from Anita Majumdar by Special To National Post

An actor, choreographer and Governor General's award-winning playwright, Anita Majumdar is putting all those talents to use in her latest play, Same Same But Different

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Robert Cushman: Shakespeare is hot on Broadway by Robert Cushman

The plays are Twelfth Night and Richard III, and the productions have been imported from Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

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