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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Here’s how you do August: Osage County. Soulpepper team keeps it burning like a sparkler by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

If you didn’t enjoy the film adaptation, it’s likely because it sapped any hint of Tracy Letts’ humour. In the Soulpepper version, the laughs keep you chugging along and then the drama…

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Shaw Festival’s Getting Married offers a fun respite from the question: To marry or not to marry by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The first act of Bernard Shaw’s play bounces along with the charm of the cast, although the second act loses steam, writes Carly Maga.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Shaw Festival gives us a romantic Brigadoon with a dose of reality by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The Shaw production of the Lerner and Loewe musical has an updated book but still relishes the Golden Age excess of the music and dancing, writes Carly Maga.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Doll Play dramatizes the effects of sexual trauma through abused toys by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Joanne Sarazen’s play gets major points for imagination but loses the plot in its own make-believe world, writes Carly Maga.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Bathtub Girls gets physical with story of sisters who murdered their mother by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The most compelling moments of The Bathtub Girls, now on at the Assembly Theatre, rely on movement instead of text to communicate a growing sense of dread, writes Carly Maga.

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Jully Black stars in new production of Caroline, or Change by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

R&B singer is joined by star soprano Measha Brueggergosman in reimagined staging of Tony Kushner-Jeanine Tesori musical.

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The Brothers Size and School Girls are big Toronto Theatre Critics Award winners by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Dear Evan Hansen’s Robert Markus wins Best Performance in a Musical and Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story takes Best New Musical.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Rocks play role in artist’s spiritual journey in new play Prophecy Fog by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

‘Can a desecrated site retain its sacredness?’ Jani Lauzon recounts her journey to the Mojave Desert to find out.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Theatre’s Parkdale pillar, Franco Boni, reflects on his legacy as he moves to Vancouver by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Boni reflects on 16 years spent building up local festivals, binding the Theatre Centre to its neighbourhood, and giving it a proper home.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Welcome to My Underworld collects stories from the marginalized, to varied effect by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Director Judith Thompson finds a few gems as she pulls together nine different stories of exceptionality but the production feels unwieldy.

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Review: The Brothers Size a performance of softness, humour and mystery by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Soulpepper Theatre’s stunning interpretation of the Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play should be seen, writes Carly Maga.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Bend It Like Beckham stage musical coming to Toronto by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Stage adaptation of film, coming to Bluma Appel Theatre, will look for bhangra talent in Brampton.

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Experiments and new shows find success as RISER theatre event fills a gap by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Returning theatre event lowers risk and helps with resources for stage experiments.

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

#MeToo moments, take two by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The show, a sequel with all-new material to the original She The People, is billed as “a mimosa-and-madness-fueled foray” that “roasts the patriarchy.”

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Becoming Dr. Ruth reveals the tragedy and resilience behind sexpert by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Linda Kash brings the famous sex authority to life, perhaps even beyond what the script offers.

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Jeff Ho’s Antigone makes ancient Greek rebellion tale teachable and timeless by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

More sympathetic characters and more abstract setting brings story into sharp focus for young audience.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Shows like Next to Normal and Dear Evan Hansen, with their focus on mental illness, take a toll on actors too by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Ma-Anne Dionisio tells Carly Maga it’s hard and emotionally draining to play someone like Diana Goodman in Next to Normal.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Out is a joyous celebration of being gay in the 1970s by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Greg Campbell’s celebration of homosexual cultural icons, music, sex and protest could benefit from highlighting darker realities, writes Carly Maga.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Black comedy Hand to God tackles political divide with puppets by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Performances dazzle in satire-rich play that takes on good vs. evil, on until May 12 at the Coal Mine Theatre.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

VideoCabaret has a new home for its black box theatre by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The Toronto company known for The History of the Village of the Small Huts now has its own building in Toronto’s east end.

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Marjorie Chan chosen as Theatre Passe Muraille’s new artistic director by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Former artistic director of Cahoots Theatre takes over from Andy McKim at 51-year-old theatre company.

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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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Thursday, April 18, 2019

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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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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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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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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