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Sunday, July 16, 2023

Stratford 2023: ‘Wedding Band’ is a complex, tender love story by Glenn Sumi - Special To The Star

This play by novelist Alice Childress follows the love story of Julia, a Black woman, and Herman, a white man, in 1918 South Carolina.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:35PM
Tuesday, July 11, 2023

12 days. 100 shows. 280 volunteers. Here’s what it takes to put on the Toronto Fringe Festival by Glenn Sumi - Special To The Star

In the face of financial concerns, executive director Lucy Eveleigh says ‘this past weekend was one of our best selling weekends ever before the festival. The team is amazing. So I feel ho…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Monday, July 10, 2023

Judy Garland, having a strong mother and finding her voice: Kiki Moritsugu on her 2023 Fringe Festival Show ‘A Woman Is …’ by Glenn Sumi - Special To The Star

Moritsugu says she owes her existence to the Toronto Star: her parents met when her father interviewed her mother

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:03PM
Saturday, July 1, 2023

They had a hit Fringe play about coaching straight actors to play gay. They’re back to send up the queer community by Glenn Sumi - Special To The Star

Daniel Krolik, Curtis Campbell and Jonathan Wilson’s “Gay for Pay with Blake & Clay” was one of the hottest, buzziest shows of the 2022 Toronto Fringe Festival.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM

What a laugh! Theatresports stand-up company with alumni including Keanu Reeves, Mike Meyers and Colin Mochrie celebrates 40 years by Glenn Sumi - Special To The Star

The competitive format company is holding a premium show and fundraiser in July along with Bad Dog Theatre, celebrating its own 20th anniversary

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Sunday, June 18, 2023

‘Hamilton’ musical star Donald Webber Jr., reflects on his newest role: father to Donald III by Glenn Sumi - Special To The Star

As Aaron Burr, singing the duet “Dear Theodosia,” gained a whole new meaning when he and wife Rebecca E Covington, also in the show, began a family

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Thursday, June 15, 2023

At Luminato, Ian Kamau channels his sadness in ‘Loss’ by Glenn Sumi - Special To The Star

The show, which includes poetry and music, can feel aimless, but hidden among the stories are powerful moments.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:57PM
Sunday, June 11, 2023

Staging Greek myths with whisky, dating apps and fascinating ideas in ‘Armadillos’ at Factory Theatre by Glenn Sumi - Special To The Star

Play-within-a-play has a powerful feminist theme about women challenging established patriarchal systems

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:30AM

Exiting stage left: Why up-and-coming actors are leaving the theatre industry by Glenn Sumi - Special To The Star

‘I’ve seen dozens of talented, artists leave the profession or simply disappear quietly pursuing other work away from the spotlight’

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Monday, June 5, 2023

At Stratford, Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’ leaves you smiling, humming by Glenn Sumi - Special To The Star

With standout pastiche numbers, ‘Spamalot’ is apt programming for a theatre festival — it’s a very clever send-up of musicals themselves.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:24PM
Saturday, June 3, 2023

Theatre etiquette 101: 9 things that make this critic cringe by Glenn Sumi - Special To The Star

From smartwatches to cramped seats: things that can turn this mild-mannered theatre fan into a full-on drama queen.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:11PM
Thursday, May 18, 2023

Yes, Fatuma Adar is having a Black Out night at ‘She’s Not Special’ — but she wants everyone to have fun at her show by Glenn Sumi - Special To The Star

“She’s Not Special” deals with some serious hot-button subjects around race, but Adar wants people of all backgrounds to let loose at the new version of the show.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM
Friday, April 14, 2023

Theatre etiquette: Do you sing-along at musicals? Are we becoming ruder? And what to do about drunk patrons? Toronto ushers weigh in by Glenn Sumi - Special To The Star

Manchester’s Palace Theatre ousting patrons after singing too loud in a performance of ‘The Bodyguard’ has raised questions of manners

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:00AM
Thursday, April 6, 2023

Reimagining Stratford: the theatre festival city is ready to put on a show — with new initiatives, attractions all over town by Glenn Sumi - Special To The Star

Stratford Festival 2023 has provided the impetus for restaurants, bars and the city to work together to create big changes and attract a younger crowd

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:47PM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards