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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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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Little Shop of Horrors is a reminder and an escape from the real horrors of the world by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

There are many metaphors you can lay overtop the parable of a man-eating plant manipulating a meek flower shop clerk into feeding it corpses in exchange for the love of his co-worker.

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Private Lives is artificially sweet — and delightful by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Fun new Stratford production of Noel Coward classic doesn’t underline the camp qualities, but they’re amply present, all the same.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

When Billy Elliot called, Nolen Dubuc’s whole family leapt by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The young actor’s parents and two brothers moved from Vancouver to Ontario for a year so he could star in Billy Elliot the Musical at the Stratford Festival.

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Aislinn Rose is new artistic and general director of the Theatre Centre by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Organization’s former creative producer follows in footsteps of her mentor Franco Boni.

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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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