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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

London’s Grand Theatre has grand ambitions by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Artistic director Dennis Garnhum of the London, Ont., theatre keeps going bigger and better. Up next: seats have been removed to recreate a racetrack for Chariots of Fire.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

There’s no place like Fun Home by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

In a new Canadian production, the heartfelt musical brings Alison Bechdel’s memoir about growing up in a funeral home vividly to life, writes Carly Maga.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

This is an identity play that leaves you wondering whose identity it’s about by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Jivesh Parasram’s Take d Milk, Nah? speaks to the divide between the mainstream and the marginalized in a bold way.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Category E’s performers and script make for potent cage match by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Director and actors dig into playwright Belinda Cornish’s creation, complete with its broad animal-experimentation metaphor.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Here’s Storefront Theatre’s response to sexism, racism, homophobia and more: the Feminist F--k It Fest by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

New theatre festival takes on reproductive health, sexual harassment and assault, sexist and racist stereotypes and more April 11 to 22.

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Confusion stifles the intentions of Mixie and the Halfbreeds by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The script aims to address issues of mixed identities, but it moves too quickly and leaves the audience behind.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Two women, two views about mixed race identity. Together they created Mixie and the Halfbreeds by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Adrienne Wong and Julie Tamiko Manning put their differing views of their mixed heritages into their play, opening April 3 in Toronto.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

This Les Misérables without music has powerful moments, but others miss their mark by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Overall, the production is missing the typical Theatre Smith-Gilmour wit and physical invention, writes Carly Maga.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Desire for comedy trumps message in Soulpepper adaptation of Orwell classic Animal Farm by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Anthony MacMahon’s version of the middle-school staple, directed by Ravi Jain, turns George Orwell’s drama into a comedy. Despite some strong performances, the play veers into unwieldly …

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Jani Lauzon’s version of The Monument is about more than a rapist and his saviour by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Mejra’s decision to save Stetko’s life and make him her dependant reflects how Canada’s Indigenous people must continue to live with systems and people that hurt them.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The confessions of 1920s housewives are at the heart of What a Young Wife Ought to Know by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Playwright Hannah Moscovitch finds herself increasingly drawn to authentic stories about female experience.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Nina Lee Aquino and her cast bring new perspectives to Canadian theatre classic The Drawer Boy by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Filipino-Canadian director cast Black and Ojibwa actors in Theatre Passe Muraille production about an actor living with two farmers to research a play.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Thursday, February 22, 2018

George F. Walker's Fierce has his signature humour and snappy dialogue but needs more development by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Short play about two women, a psychiatrist and her patient, bonding over their troubled pasts feels too contrived, writes Carly Maga.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Come From Away takes off in Toronto production by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

With sustained critical praise and box office draws and the official seal of approval from our U.S. neighbours, the opening matinee audience cheered with unabashed pride, writes Carly Magda.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Kim Coates makes a remarkable return to the stage as Rooster Byron in Jerusalem by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Some references in Jez Butterworth's play about the state of England didn't register, but its magical realism fits well on the otherworldly set created inside Toronto’s Streetcar Crowsnest.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Ipperwash delves into Canada’s dark colonial identity — without feeling like a history lesson by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The play, from director Falen Johnson, features many compelling elements and performances. But at 70 minutes, Ipperwash feels both too full and lacking in detail, Carly Maga writes.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

No reviews but food for thought at the Rhubarb Festival by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

2018 edition includes works by Yolanda Bonnell, Diana Lopez Soto, Lois Weaver, Chayla Hunter, Vivek Shraya and plenty more.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Residencies let Theatre Centre’s offbeat ideas bear fruit by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Unconventional structure and approach to funding paying off, writes Carly Maga.

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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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