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Friday, February 14, 2020

God, alienation and serial killers: Playwright behind ‘Jesus Hopped the “A” Train’ shares his thoughts by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Stephen Adly Guirgis, bard of the fringe dwellers, says when it comes to writing others’ stories, he’s learned ‘you better really dig deep.’

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

‘Hamilton’ in Toronto is still a non-stop jam by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

They didn’t throw away their shot at Canada — though the context has changed, and one might wish the female characters had more to do, the version that’s here has a capable cast, amazi…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

A Canadian theatre legend is getting cosy with audiences at Toronto’s Coal Mine Theatre by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

After six decades, Martha Henry is one of Canada’s top theatre talents. Was it tough to get her to take on the lead role in ‘Marjorie Prime’? No, the director ‘just asked,’ Henry t…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

‘Hamilton’ is now the hottest ticket in Toronto. Here’s why the musical is a theatrical phenomenon by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The pursuit of tickets has threatened to overshadow the show itself; seeing it has becomes a status symbol. But here are the reasons for its surge from experimental concept to musical theatr…

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

‘This Was the World’ has a message but its characters are too thin to carry it by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Lack of depth for most of the roles turns this play into just what its writer probably didn’t want: another story about an old white guy, writes Carly Maga.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Jully Black makes a rapturous musical theatre debut in ‘Caroline, or Change’ by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The Musical Stage Company and Obsidian Theatre production of the Tony Kushner-Jeanine Tesori musical seems deeper, more mysterious and yet viscerally real, writes Carly Maga.

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

‘The Second City Totally Likes You’ may not be true love, but it makes a fun date by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The latest sketch revue by the Second City Touring Company that tackles the comedic ground of romantic relationships and runs until April 5.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

‘This Is How We Got Here’ explores Indigenous grief in suicide’s wake by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

It’s intense, but don’t expect any answers to the big questions it examines.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Pulitzer-winning ‘Sweat’ lays bare the first sting of capitalism’s failures in Toronto debut by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Alternating between 2000 and 2008, before and after a local factory lays off hundreds for outsourcing, automization and cheaper non-unionized jobs, Nottage’s script is a modern tragedy in …

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

‘Immense anger’ propelled Pulitzer-winning play about factory closures now in Toronto by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Lynn Nottage’s “Sweat” has proven its deep relevance about job losses that definitely hit home in southern Ontario.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

‘My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding’ is back and as political as ever by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Early creation by ‘Come From Away’ team returns to Toronto for a Project Parenthood benefit on Jan. 21.

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Friday, January 10, 2020

‘The Solitudes’ takes classic novel one step forward — and puts women at the centre by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Eight women tracing their historical legacies and taking it from there.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

‘Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes’ is a familiar story of seduction — until it isn’t by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

A middle-aged literature prof and a young, adoring student — we’ve seen this before, but Hannah Moscovitch’s well-executed conventional story has a twist in store.

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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Jack and the BeansTalk a delightful pantomime fairytale riff, if sometimes rough by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

From the husband-and-wife creative team of Rob Torr and Stephanie Graham, to the low-fi, hand-painted backdrops, Torrent Productions has as much grassroots neighbourhood charm where the Ross…

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Toronto debut of ‘Bend It Like Beckham the Musical’ doesn’t live up to the charm of the film by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

It’s not for lack of talent on the part of the cast, but this North American premiere lacks the production values to do justice to the source material, writes Carly Maga.

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

The Ward Cabaret is a haunting and musical history of immigrants who settled in Toronto by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Their neighbourhood was torn down in the ’50s, but David Buchbinder’s production brings the streets back to life.

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

‘Cash Me If You Can’ is a remarkable tale that could use a trim and an update by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

“Cash Me If You Can,” written, directed and performed Patrick Combs, could use an outside editor.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

How ‘The SpongeBob Musical’ brought director Tina Landau back to her avant-garde roots by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

In taking on a Broadway musical about a cartoon sponge, Tina Landau found a connection to ‘a place where otherness, be it in human form or in theatrical conceit, was embraced,’ she tells…

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Monday, December 9, 2019

How a mostly Black, hip-hop version of ‘Macbeth’ got cancelled after a white director used the N-word by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Some praised leadership for pulling the two plays while others criticized them for pursuing an agenda that they say puts other livelihoods at risk.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Take two beloved Italian grandmothers, add a variety show and you have ‘The Nonna Monologues’ by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

“At Christmas, our nonnas are the most important figures. They organize everything, they are at the centre,” says actor Danya Buonastella.

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

‘Stars: Together’ lets Canadian indie-rock survivors assess the damage in intriguing fashion by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

‘Mock rock doc’ at Toronto’s Streetcar Crowsnest lets veteran musicians tell their story — glories and heartbreaks all included — in semi-fictionalized style.

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Friday, November 29, 2019

‘Cats’ is still exciting to watch thanks to young performers in their prime by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical still doesn’t make sense, but in our current cultural moment why are we expecting it to? asks Carly Maga.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Compelling, cramped rebellion against reason is a solid Toronto premiere for Pulitzer-winning play by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

‘Between Riverside and Crazy’ arrives in Toronto and demonstrates why Stephen Adly Guirgis’s creation is worth the hype, writes Carly Maga.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Black Lives Matter, Pride and how to talk about them go under microscope in provocative new play by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

‘Every Day She Rose’ examines Black Lives Matter’s disruption of the 2016 Pride parade from at least two perspectives.

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‘I remember crying my eyes out’: ‘Soldier On’ deploys military veterans to bring traumas to life onstage by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Half the cast have served, lending power to portrayal of PTSD, the ‘very specific’ military humour and more at Berkeley Street Theatre.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

‘What the hell is the show?’: ‘Cats’ has always astounded people, says Andy Blankenbuehler by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Blankenbuehler has choreographed both the new movie and the ‘Cats’ tour coming to Toronto. And people’s perplexity with the show has only increased.

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Monday, November 25, 2019
Saturday, November 23, 2019

“Here Are the Fragments” is mmersive theatre that’s worth the trip by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Over 90 minutes, the space is free to explore, but the scenes themselves often pull focus; it’s a curious effect that audience members are naturally drawn to follow the expert in the white…

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Friday, November 22, 2019

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