Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lena Dunham will do live reading, interview with Jian Ghomeshi at JFL42 in Toronto by Canadian Press

Girls star and creator Lena Dunham will give a sneak peek of her new book at Toronto's JFL42 comedy festival in September

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Star-studded Jesus Christ Superstar sees first lawsuit as producer sued for scrapping show by Mark Kennedy

The abrupt cancellation of this summer's North American arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar is heading to court

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Theatre review: The plotted besotted save the day if not the play in Shaw’s The Philanderer by Robert Cushman

“A lady and a gentleman are making love to one another in the drawing room.” That is the opening stage direction of The Philanderer, Bernard Shaw’s second play, written in 1893

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Theatre Review: The Sea and A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur by Robert Cushman

Edward Bond’s The Sea is a great play up until its final scene

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Friday, July 18, 2014

A Day in the Life: Porch View Dances Choreographer Brandy Leary by Special To National Post

Brandy Leary has choreographed pieces everywhere from India to the Bata Shoe Museum, working in every discipline from modern dance to martial arts to aerial acrobatics

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A day in Brandy Leary’s life: Changing the energy of public spaces by Brandy Leary, Special To National Post

Dancing to decelerate and decompress the density and pace of urban life

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A Day in Brandy Leary’s Life: Public and participatory arts by Brandy Leary, Special To National Post

Taking dance out of the theatres and into our daily rhythms

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TheatreBooks’s last bow: Online means curtains for ‘niche market’  by Robert Cushman

Friday July 18. A sad day for Toronto book lovers, and for theatre lovers both within and without the city

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Elaine Stritch, tart-tongued Broadway legend, dead at 89 by Robert Berkvist and Bruce Weber, The New York Times, National Post Wire Services

Elaine Stritch, the brassy, tart-tongued Broadway actress and singer who became a living emblem of show business durability and perhaps the leading interpreter of Stephen Sondheim's wryly ac…

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Cramalot: Do you know your silly walks from your killer rabbits? Take this Monty Python quiz to find your lumberjack IQ by Nathalie Atkinson

All summer we’re rewarding readers with (symbolic!) merit badges: To earn your dead parrot, escape the heat of summer with a Monty Python matinee

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tupac musical Holler If Ya Hear Me closing after just 17 shows due to poor sales by Associated Press

Tupac Shakur fans, keep ya head up: The Broadway musical Holler If Ya Hear Me that uses songs from one of hip-hop's greatest artists is closing after less than two months

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Theatre Review: The leafy ups & downs of Shakespeare in High Park by Robert Cushman

Shakespeare in High Park, formerly The Dream in High Park, took a notable step forward last year with its production of Macbeth, which was less concerned than its predecessors with playing g…

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thirty Romeos agree: A definitive coast-to-coast survey of Shakespearean actors on everything from The Tempest to toothpaste by David Berry

There is no bad time to see some Shakespeare, but the consensus across the country seems to be that the best time for the Bard is the summer

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Theatre Review: Theatre 20’s Company is a slick number hampered by its venue by Robert Cushman

In a way that’s unique among musicals, the action of Company takes place in a split second

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Perfect Presley: An Elvis song for every occasion, from the star of Return to Grace by Ben Kaplan

Steve Michaels, star of the Elvis Presley jukebox musical Return to Grace, is from Milton, Ont., though you’d swear he was from Tennessee

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Theatre review: Nöel Coward’s strong, simple Hay Fever stumbles by Robert Cushman

A tricky farce falls flat in Stratford's production

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Spectacle review: An ex-ex-parrot: Monty Python’s absurdity ages well in stage reunion by Mike Doherty, Special To National Post

This greatest hits sets by comedy’s biggest-ever troupe may even have added something — a dollop of affection

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Theatre review: Twelve Angry Men is admirably incandescent with rage by Robert Cushman

It’s no great surprise that Soulpepper’s production of Twelve Angry Men should turn out to be a spellbinder, not to say a humdinger

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Doras have a weak field to choose from this year, but they’ve chosen well by Robert Cushman

The actual Dora nominations seem remarkably classy this year, which I suppose is a critic’s way of saying that nestled among the possible winners are most of those who were actual winners …

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Theatre Reviews: Shaw revives When We Are Married to fun-loving effect; The Philadelphia Story, less so by Robert Cushman

The Shaw Festival’s second round of openings pairs two classic comedies from the very late 1930s: one British, one American

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Sitting in encouragement of Toronto: A Q&A with Simon Amstell by Michael Lyons

Simon Amstell may not know much about Toronto, but he could be the best year we've had in years

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Theatre Review: Enter Don Q, on cue in Man of La Mancha by Robert Cushman

A program note suggests that the musical (vintage 1966) is a throwback to the idealistic Rodgers and Hammerstein shows of the 1950s. Not really, unless you’re thinking of R&H at their …

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Theatre Review: Stratford’s Mother Courage gives audiences the full Bertolt by Robert Cushman

Bertolt Brecht famously believed theatre audiences should never be allowed to forget they are in the theatre

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014

Watch Chris O’Dowd lose a Tony Award, take immediate swig from his flask by National Post Staff

The generally accepted rule at for award nominees is that, when your name isn't called out in your category, you politely applaud the winner and concede your loss graciously — while you're…

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Rufus Wainwright leads an evening of same-sex duets with If I Loved You at Luminato by Michael Lyons

Rufus Wainwright heads up a creative team that is turning the Great American Songbook on its head, with men singing love duets to one another

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Hollywood stars Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston win first-ever Tonys as Hugh Jackman hosts annual awards show by Mark Kennedy

The lethal romp A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder got a lot of love at Sunday night's Tony Awards, nabbing the best new musical trophy on a night that also saw Audra McDonald make Broad…

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Theatre Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream soars and sinks in equal measure by Robert Cushman

Chris Abraham’s Stratford production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an extraordinary mixture of magic and mishap

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Cultural Studies: ‘People want to do stuff’ and that’s why Darren O’Donnell is blowing up traditional theatre by Ben Kaplan

Theatre is dead. The construct is tired. The economics are broken. The structure is artificial and, worst of all, dishonest

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Dance Review: Don’t miss the National Ballet’s Cinderella by Dana Glassman, Special To National Post

James Kudelka’s Cinderella fits the National Ballet of Canada exactly the way the glass slipper fits the central character’s foot: perfectly

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Isabella Rossellini gives the birds and bees talk about actual birds and bees in Green Porno by Michael Lyons

'I just know that people are interested in sex, feel squeamish, so I’ve got to capitalize on that'

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