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Friday, January 19, 2018

Soulpepper resumes with all-too-timely A Delicate Balance by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Edward Albee classic A Delicate Balance a good fit for a theatre company still reeling from sexual harassment allegations against founder Albert Schultz.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Exploration of homophobia fallout in My Funny Valentine disconnected by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Play delving into responses to school shooting could improve with stronger connections between the characters, writes Carly Maga.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Bard rockers a bit out of tune in Tarragon’s Hamlet by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Production’s use of rock music has its moments but it often swamps and flattens the characters, writes Carly Maga.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Exciting Next Stage offerings come at anxious moment by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Variety of Fringe’s winter sibling yields a lot, from swords to sadness, to warm theatre lovers’ hearts.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

The Lorax blends Seuss's whimsy with a strong environmental message by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Plot faithful enough to original Dr. Seuss book to keep it simple for kids but adds enough depth to get parents thinking.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Million Dollar Quartet’s musical tribute isn’t worth much by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Play at Toronto’s CAA Theatre about four musical legends is thin in story and character, even by the humble standards of jukebox musicals, writes Carly Maga.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Blind actor Alex Bulmer leads the way into theatre's future by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Starring in The Story, playwright returns to Toronto to participate in theatre culture that's more tolerant of disabilities.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

DLT's An Italian Christmas Carol gives immersive experience, often forgotten perspective by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The show, produced by DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT) in partnership with Istituto Italiano di Cultura, transforms a familiar story into a dreamlike experience of an Italian immigrant alone at Chr…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Ross Petty's Christmas Carol panto gives us a Scrooge we can cheer as well as boo by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Triple-threat talent from cast is some of strongest we’ve seen, including Cyrus Lane, AJ Bridel, Eddie Glen and Dan Chameroy.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

This Peter Pan asks us to make like kids and make believe by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Part of Soulpepper's Family Festival, Bad Hats Theatre's gimmick-free Peter Pan asks audience to indulge their imaginations.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

A&R Angels’ tale of musical rescue could use some tuning up by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew and Ben Kowalewicz of Billy Talent show musical talents in Drew’s first play but structure is a sour note.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The strangest night on a Toronto stage this season by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Male comedians including Colin Mochrie and Faisal Butt speak the sometimes intimate words of an unknown playwright.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Not the Grease that I want: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Though not without its bright spots, Prince’s production proves shallow thanks to miscasting and over-choreographed numbers.

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Speaking her mind is an 'exhausting honour' for playwright Donna-Michelle St. Bernard by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Siminovitch Prize nominee is in demand with Cake opening Friday at Theatre Passe Muraille and lots more to come.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Classic rock, 40 years of dance and cutting-edge circus: Top Ticket for Nov. 12-18 by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen get taken up by theatre artists, while DanceWorks looks back at 40 years and a Montreal troupe expands the boundaries

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Grimly Handsome intrigues but also perplexes: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Linking scenes, stories and dialogue while mixing characters’ perspectives keeps Julia Jarcho’s point inscrutable.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The play is called Daughter but it’s really about men by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Adam Lazarus brings back his divisive show, in which he explores the attitudes that lead to cases like Harvey Weinstein’s.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Unconventional infidelity in Soulpepper's The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Also on the Top Ticket, Art of Time’s Hosted by Glenn Gould and Kathleen Rea's Men's Circle.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Amanda Parris debut play Other Side of the Game makes an impact beyond the stage: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

CBC host takes fresh and empowering look at lives of Black women from the civil rights movement in 1970s to pre-Black Lives Matter Toronto.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

This week onstage: Lights, frights, laughs and anti-colonial chat by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Stage options for Oct. 22-28 include: a Luminato hit returning in a posher venue while Bad Dog offers Halloween howls.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Stratford 2018 puts women in male Shakespeare roles by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Four Stratford veteran actresses take leading roles in The Tempest and Julius Caesar next season.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

George F. Walker’s new big-cheque romp The Chance mostly pays off: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

World premiere of well-known playwright's latest lets three performers play with each other and the improbable story of $300,000 opportunity.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Curious Incident brought wonderfully to life: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Marianne Elliott’s direction of multi-award winning production of Mark Haddon’s novel to thrill new crowds at Princess of Wales theatre.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Adventures of Tom Shadow doesn’t follow the path you think it will by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

An obnoxiously happy family is torn apart when the two kids, Angeline and Martin, meet the magical Tom Shadow one night.

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Abuse, aging and a paranormal parley by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

This week: The award-winning solo play Huff returns, plus a dancer’s reflection on the passing generations and an old-fashioned séance.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Flashing Lights lands a few screen shots: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Story steeped in modern meme culture and more can’t quite keep the momentum going at the end.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Asking For It’s frank talk about sexual consent warrants a better ending by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

New production at Streetcar Crowsnest drawing from Jian Ghomeshi incident gets intriguingly personal but concludes with an afterthought.

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In dark times, playwright struck by hope’s power by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Simon Stephens sees more politics in Curious Incident, now playing in Toronto, given the current public mood.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Ravi Jain's reimagining of Salt-Water Moon a welcome remount by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Also on the Top Ticket, Other Side of the Game from Amanda Parris and the TSO playing along to Harry Potter.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Pool (no water) is a solid ensemble effort: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

This revival of Fringe 2015 hit can seem nightmarish with its journey into jealousy, selfishness and control.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Issue of sexual consent is at the heart of two new plays by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Rose Napoli, Ellie Moon put their own painful experiences into Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) and Asking for It.

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