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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Stars embrace playing Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf, ‘the kind of women everybody’s trying to be right now’ by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Friends, artistic giants and maybe lovers, the 20th-century twosome get a more personal examination in the North American version of this stage hit.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Soulpepper’s Betrayal is short on romance in its love triangle by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

It’s an entertaining look at three rich, intelligent people toying with each other in Harold Pinter’s masterpiece but, as an exploration of desire and relationships, it’s stiff and col…

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

How to find cheap theatre tickets in Toronto by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Discount sellers, pay-what-you-can, even ushering at the theatre in exchange for freebies: Carly Maga looks at options if you’re on a budget.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Shaw Festival’s Man and Superman takes leaps but doesn’t fly by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The cast ably delivers Shaw’s text in marathon production, including Don Juan in Hell, but the production is missing a visual language to match its verbal depths, writes Carly Maga.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

In The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare in the Ruff zeroes in on the corrosive power of unchecked men by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Instead of idly waiting for her family to reassemble, Hermione has taken a much more active role in articulating director Sarah Kitz’s theme of patriarchal corruption, writes Carly Maga.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

In the Stratford Festival’s The Crucible, there is empathy for the young women of Salem by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Jonathan Goad’s production begins without assuming the girls have fabricated the illnesses that spur speculations of witchcraft for foolish, selfish reasons, writes Carly Maga.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

For Toronto’s Lee family, actors Richard and Eponine and director Nina Lee Aquino, work is play by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

After a busy summer for the whole family, father and daughter will appear in Shakespeare in the Ruff’s The Winter’s Tale together, writes Carly Maga.

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The Stratford Festival puts a modern sheen on 1928 newspaper comedy The Front Page. by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

What really makes this Front Page feel fresh is its social, gender, racial and character complications — things that a mainstream audience in 2019 is much more equipped and eager to invest…

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Monday, August 12, 2019

All’s Well That Ends Well gets a romantic twist from Dauntless City Theatre, but it fails to convince by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Cross-gender and cross-racial casting bring it into 2019, but these interventions can’t resolve the fundamentally cynical relationships in Shakespeare’s problem play, writes Carly Maga.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Shaw Festival’s Victory strips some of the urgency from Howard Barker’s incredible text by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The production has one of the most impressive casts in recent memory, but the audience is given no signposts to follow the story, writes Carly Maga.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

A kindler, gentler season is announced at the Coal Mine Theatre by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

People want to come to the theatre to feel safe, says co-artistic director Diana Bentley.

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Music adds punch to A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Bard’s Bus Tour by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The music gives Shakespeare’s text that extra flair that is a Driftwood Theatre signature, but the commentary on our social-media, phone-obsessed culture feels shoehorned in, writes Carly …

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Second Woman sees actress tackle the same scene 100 times over 24 hours by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Laara Sadiq co-star in the marathon event is 100 amateurs, rotated in over the course of a full day at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Shaw’s Brigadoon just the latest darker reinterpretation of a classic musical by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

New staging of Lerner & Loewe show follows more troubling takes on Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady and more.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

This Much Ado About Nothing gives Shakespeare a 1990s romcom sensibility by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

By setting the comedy in Ontario cottage country in 1999, director Liza Balkan helps us digest some story elements that don’t fit with 2019 sensibilities, writes Carly Maga.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

The Tape Escape’s retro delights are in the details and dilemmas by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

There may not be much time to contemplate the show’s meaning, but there are plenty of fun surprises and challenges in show mounted in old Bloor St. video store.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

This year’s Toronto Fringe Festival has a Filipino flavour by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Annual fest includes the Filipinx shows Through the Bamboo, Tita Jokes and Monica vs. the internet, while Kanto by Tita Flips will serve food at the festival hub.

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Remembering the Winnipeg General honours an important part of history by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike shut down the entire city’s economy with 30,000 workers refusing to work from May 15 to June 26, arguing for recognition of the labour union and for wages …

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Shaw’s Glass Menagerie spies something new in Tennessee Williams classic by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

In an exciting experiment, Berczes’s production wonders what would happen if Tom’s introduction wasn’t an explanation of the rules of the game, but a man’s — and an artist’s — …

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Here’s why the deaf musical The Black Drum is an achievement worth applauding by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

As a hearing theatregoer, Carly Maga was put off-kilter by the musical, performed entirely in American Sign Language, but The Black Drum has other offerings for nondeaf patrons apart from it…

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Factory Theatre combines past and future in 50th anniversary season by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Artistic director Nina Lee Aquino resurrects theatre pieces emblematic of past Factory leaders and connect them with contemporary artists of colour, writes Carly Maga.

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Here’s why classic theatre like The Horse and His Boy and The Front Page needs a helping hand by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The Shaw and Stratford festivals have been busy adapting the C.S. Lewis story and the Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur comedy for modern audiences, writes Carly Maga.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Nathan the Wise still works as an argument for religious tolerance by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Part of the reason that Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s 1779 play still resonates is that it resists the impulse to make its characters unrealistic moral symbols, writes Carly Maga.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Stratford’s The Neverending Story is a glitter thrill ride that spotlights its own shortcomings by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The script assumes an audience will be so familiar with the story from the novel that what unfolds is like a play in the form of a connect-the-dots drawing, writes Carly Maga.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Mother’s Daughter is a compelling exploration of sexuality and power by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Playwright and director counter the story’s darkness with a strong sense of humour that runs throughout.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Four Sisters at Luminato plays with time and delivers some hope by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The culmination of Susanna Fournier’s Empire Trilogy gives up control (narratively, physically, historically) to restore a bit of hope to a dark world, writes Carly Maga.

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Monday Nights teams basketball and drama by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The 6th Man Collective, whose weekly basketball games have grown into an interactive play that weaves the sport with their personal stories, are happy to have their performance come in confl…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Drowsy Chaperone creator Bob Martin heads back to the Tonys with The Prom by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Canadian Martin co-authored the book for The Prom, about four out-of-work Broadway stars confronting homophobia in a small Indiana town.

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Strong ensemble cast keeps Stratford’s The Merry Wives of Windsor from wearing out its welcome by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Shakespeare’s prank-filled comedy is chockablock with gags with diminishing returns, but Antoni Cimolino swaddles the characters with empathy, writes Carly Maga.

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