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Friday, October 19, 2018

Do these women a favour and see Now You See Her by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Sometimes funny, often touching production at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre explores the many ways women are made to disappear.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

The past ‘caught up with the present’ for Ain’t Too Proud writer Dominique Morisseau by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau “wanted to make sure that the show can speak to a generation that did not grow up on The Temptations.”

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Pearle Harbour’s Chautauqua is befuddling but fun by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Drag show inside tent at Passe Muraille doesn’t communicate its identity perfectly, but Pearle’s flock seems devoted all the same.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

The Nether is a troubling descent into an all-digital realm by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Thought-provoking play about online crimes, including child murder is very much of the moment.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

What if Romeo and Juliet … remixes the Bard and makes a mess by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The star-crossed lovers at the heart of Shakespeare’s tragedy get a second chance to put things right — or do they? — in new production at Young People’s Theatre.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Soulpepper names its new artistic director by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Popular theatre director Weyni Mengesha is returning to Toronto to take over the role left vacant after Albert Schultz’s resignation.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Oraltorio show is a fast-paced sample of a uniquely Black musical frequency by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Show at Toronto’s Young Centre doesn’t lean on character or a linear story so much as the impressive musical talents of Motion and DJ L’Oqenz.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Toronto gets its first official look at Lucas Hnath with the play Isaac’s Eye by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The dark comedy dramatizes the events surrounding an odd but true fact, that scientist Isaac Newton once stuck a sewing needle in his eye.

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Becoming Banksy is the latest attempt to capitalize on street artist’s fame by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The play has some wry commentary on the art world but suffers from a muddled plot, an unlikeable main character and comedy that mostly misses, writes Carly Maga.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Rendezvous With Madness expands to include live performance by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Offerings include critically acclaimed shows The Red Horse Is Leaving and 4 ½ (ig)noble truths.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Sharon and Bram keep it fresh in their farewell show by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Two-thirds of Sharon, Lois & Bram return to Young People’s Theatre with Sharon, Bram & Friends, a concert of old hits and a few new tunes.

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Casa Loma’s Legends of Horror should expand its cast of human bodies (alive and undead) by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The castle is a natural fit for this campy attraction, but as truly chilling immersive theatre, it falls short, writes Carly Maga.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Children reveals how a history of inaction changes our environment by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The Canadian Stage’s season opener is high-stakes theatre that fuses the destruction of the earth with the destruction of ourselves.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Harlem Duet shows personal impact of racism reverberating through the centuries by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Season-opener at Tarragon, directed by the playwright, does powerful job of making Shakespeare’s Othello tragically potent in 2018.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Artistic director Andy McKim takes his final bow at Theatre Passe Muraille by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Artistic director’s long run, ending June 1, began with company deep in crisis. It ends with the company secure but seeking a stronger brand.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Gertrude and Alice shifts perspective on a known script by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

As the opener of the Buddies 40th anniversary season, the world’s oldest queer-dedicated theatre company, this new production of Gertrude and Alice takes inspiration from Gertrude Stein’…

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Buddies in Bad Times, proudly queer and still here almost 40 years later by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Toronto theatre company celebrates its 40th by looking both forward and back, beginning with a play about queer icons Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Forgotten Indigenous opera singer Tsianina Redfeather has her story spotlighted on a Toronto stage by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Redfeather inspired the 1918 opera Shanewis and now, the musical I Call myself Princess by Jani Lauzon.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Sisters’ journey through life moves the heart, though it’s hasty by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Two women see their path through life diverge in a promising, moving new creation from Soulpepper.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Napoli Milionaria! gives us some wartime laughs, then turns sour by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

You won’t be laughing when this play at Stratford — by star Italian playwright Eduardo De Filippo — ends, writes Carly Maga.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Tension between love and violence enraptures Stratford’s Julius Caesar by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Performances investigate toxic masculinity, misogyny in Scott Wentworth’s direction of Shakespeare play

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Shakespeare’s women take the spotlight in Portia’s Julius Caesar by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Shakespeare in the Ruff joins a trend this summer of staging the Bard with women in lead roles.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Mamma Mia! still gets audience seat-dancing 18 years after its Toronto debut by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Along with the enduring appeal of ABBA’s chart-toppers and a good sequined, bell-sleeved jumpsuit, Phyllida Lloyd’s production ages successfully thanks to the performances, writes Karen …

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Epic version of Man and Superman leads Shaw 2019 lineup by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Uncut version of 1903 play, plus Brigadoon and The Ladykillers, coming to theatre fest next year.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

SummerWorks Performance Festival makes room for ‘creative risk’ by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

With two new streams, Presentations and Labs, annual festival exposes its audiences to ‘the future of performance’.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Rosalynde returns to the title of As You Like It — after 400 years — and actress dives in on short notice by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

No need for gender-switching in As You Like It, even in a year full of that tactic, writes Carly Maga.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

A Midsummer Night’s Dream in High Park is too light to linger after waking by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Darkness flees this production after the first scene, but the comedy that comes after doesn’t entirely succeed, writes Carly Maga.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Brendan Healy takes over as Canadian Stage artistic director by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Finding a talented local with a resumé full of inclusion and collaboration does much to help theatre company move forward and address past criticism, writes Carly Maga.

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Sting will star in Toronto premiere of his musical The Last Ship by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

A new version of the musical about a town devastated by the decline of northeastern England’s shipbuilding industry and the looming closure of the Swan Hunter shipyard is coming in early 2…

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Revival of Broadway classic The King and I can’t avoid it’s problematic past by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Bartlett Sher’s production of the Broadway Classic The King and I, presented in Toronto by Mirvish Theatre, makes a valiant effort to deliver a polished, old-fashioned musical for audience…

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