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Saturday, March 28, 2020

The good news of another Stratford Festival surplus is tempered by layoffs and postponement by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The theatre festival’s executives hope to have an update in mid-April on when the 2020 season can get underway. Performances have been postponed at least until the end of May due to the CO…

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Can’t get out to the theatre? Order up a play on your phone by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Outside the March Theatre presents ‘The Ministry for Mundane Mysteries’ series. Convergence Theatre has ‘The Corona Variations’ and DopoLavoro Teatrale offers ‘Decameron Today.’ …

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Friday, March 20, 2020

What to do when your plays get cancelled amid the COVID-19 outbreak? Nick Green created the Social Distancing Festival by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The festival officially kicks off March 21, with works posted from artists all over the world. ‘This is the most connected I’ve felt to the arts community maybe in my entire career,’ G…

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’ is not-so-hot stuff by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Treading lightly is a bad choice in this musical venerating dance music, writes Carly Maga.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Canadian stars of ‘Harry Potter’ on Broadway come home for Toronto production by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Fiona Reid and Sara Farb will star in ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ at the Ed Mirvish Theatre along with Canadian theatre stalwarts like Trevor White, Gregory Prest, Sarah Afful an…

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Sketch-comedy performers in Dead Parents Society are linked by loss but mine it for mirth and more by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Good grief? It’s good for a laugh, anyhow, at ‘Dead Parents Society,’ doing three nights this week at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Gord Rand’s co-star in ‘The Runner’ keeps him on his toes: it’s a treadmill by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The actor is constantly in motion in the solo show about a member of Israel’s ZAKA disaster volunteer group, now onstage at Tarragon Theatre.

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Two wrenching acts of mass violence inspired plays now onstage in Toronto by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

‘Us/Them’ portrays the aftermath of the 2004 Beslan school siege from the viewpoint of two children. ‘The Events’ looks at how the 2011 mass shooting in Norway affected a community.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Brian Francis was 21, gay and looking for love in 1992. His hit play about the experience is back in Toronto by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

In ‘Box 4901,’ Francis at 49 replies to the 13 men whose letters he never answered in ‘a hilarious, strange, sweet and awkward look back at how gay men used to find one another.’

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Children recount the Beslan school siege in the play ‘Us/Them.’ They’re charming, but it doesn’t hit home by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Whether it’s the lack of context for the Beslan siege in Toronto or the random through-line of the narrative, having children narrate the tragedy feels a bit deflated, writes Carly Maga.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

That ‘Oklahoma!’ revival that divided New York City? We’ll see it in Toronto courtesy of Mirvish by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

New Mirvish season also includes ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ revival and Phantom followup ‘Love Never Dies’; pop musical ‘& Juliet’; World War II play ‘Pressure’ and Agatha …

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

More than a year after he cut ties with Buddies in Bad Times, Sky Gilbert addresses the conflict in ‘A Nice Day in the Park’ by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Gilbert’s new play portrays an older gay man and a younger transgender man ‘in a bit of a battle with each other,’ he tells Carly Maga.

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Monday, February 24, 2020

‘Jagged Little Pill’ the musical offers a whole new generation permission to be angry by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

For Carly Maga, both the 1995 Alanis Morissette album and the Broadway musical it spawned are personal — but she’s happy to share them with women too young to remember the original songs.

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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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