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Friday, September 22, 2017

Search for home rendered with sadness and skill in Title and Deed: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

American playwright Will Eno gets another Toronto staging, and director Stewart Arnott and actor Christopher Stanton make it a successful if bleak one.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cousins’ theatrical road show sets up on St. Clair by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Theatrical piece inspired by Mennonite roots and month-long trek takes up residents this weekend in St. Matthew’s United Church.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Volta: Wrong kind of retro undermines Cirque du Soleil’s latest spectacle: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The performers’ skills are as dazzling as ever, but women are mostly just for decoration in Volta.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Coal Mine Theatre stays small but ambitious: Fricker by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

In their 80-seat Danforth Ave. space, Ted Dykstra and Diana Bentley aim to bring Toronto audiences 'great storytelling'.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Soulpepper celebrating after New York stint pays off big by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Soulpepper on 42nd Street drew critics’ praise and an audience, leaving artistic director Albert Schultz pondering another trip south.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Fast-moving news takes some steam out of this Party by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

But Second City finds its sweet spot with observational comedy about relationships in Party Today (Panic Tomorrow).

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Martha Henry to play Prospero in new Stratford version of The Tempest by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Rocky Horror Show also on festival's 2018 bill, with Donna Feore directing that and The Music Man.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Gasp at emotional depth of Breathing Hole at Stratford Festival: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Polar bear is the tragic hero of Colleen Murphy’s ambitious, moving play looking at history and future of Arctic through Indigenous eyes.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Stratford’s The Madwoman of Chaillot is no big deal: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Madwoman of Chaillot was written during the last years of the Second World War by the Frenchman Jean Giraudoux and presented here in a new translation by David Edney.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Con-artist comedy Tartuffe gets a great update at Stratford: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Molière classic makes all the sense in the world in 2017, thanks to tweaks, sure-handed director and a stacked cast.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Experiencing Beautiful with an intergenerational group of Carole King fans by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“As a kid growing up, you heard it everywhere,” one theatregoer says about the music of Carole King.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Canadian playwright Norm Foster gets his due by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

His plays are frequently produced, except in Toronto, but now he has a festival in his name in St. Catharines, Ontario.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

SummerWorks projects vivid, varied and versatile: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Productions driven by women among the more thought-provoking works at festival running along the Queen Street West corridor.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Outdoor theatre companies getting stage fright about rainy summer by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

How is this erratic, wet summer affecting Toronto theatre companies' outdoor productions?

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Will Eno's Middletown a touching and funny reflection on being human: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Everything feels spontaneous, lived, felt, and everyone gets a little moment to shine in Shaw Festival production.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Shaw Festival’s An Octoroon is brilliant, layered and imperfect: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The production throws Shaw and its audience into the deep end of debates around representation, appropriation and privilege.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The passion convinces, but the writing is thin in Permanence: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

There are potentially interesting but not groundbreaking themes in Canadian premiere of British Fringe hit.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Angels in America flies on silver screen, powered by performers: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Characters’ sense of crisis and despair, as evoked by Andrew Garfield and others, carries us past any concerns about current relevance of the play, being performed at London’s National T…

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Strong cast connects with High Park audience in Twelfth Night: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Canadian Stage production is a bit too high-concept and fuzzy in places.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Indigenous actors learn at Stratford Festival but teach too: Wednesday Matinée by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Johnny Issaluk, Ujarneq Fleischer and Lisa Cromarty co-star in The Breathing Hole, which draws on Inuit knowledge.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Women strut their hours upon Shakespeare stages: Wednesday Matinée by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

A woman playing King Lear should not be an oddity, says Diane D'Aquila, who's doing so for Shakespeare in High Park.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Billy Bishop Goes to War could use an update: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Beloved play's capacity for critical comment has drained away and what’s left is self-regarding sentimentality.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

This couple loves the Fringe Festival so much they started producing their own plays by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

At the theatre with . . . Joan Jamieson and Shelley M. Hobbs, who say they love the festival's sense of 'discovery'.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Anita Majumdar's Fish Eyes Trilogy opens new Factory Theatre season by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Factory's 2017-18 season includes world premieres of Kat Sandler’s BANG BANG, Jeff Ho’s trace and After Wrestling.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

VideoCabaret’s Confederation Parts I and II add to Canada 150 pageantry, debate by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

VideoCabaret's show tackles the Confederation period, from 1861 to the execution of Louis Riel in 1885.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Stratford Festival’s The Virgin Trail a gripping Tudor tale: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This complex whodunit, second in Kate Hennig’s Tudor queens trilogy, a taut, twisty story of power, loyalty and betrayal.

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Shaw Festival’s Tim Carroll shakes up the theatre: Wednesday Matinee by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Artistic director's production of Androcles and the Lion pushes actors, audiences out of their comfort zones.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Dancing at Lughnasa a memory story with shining performances by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Shaw Festival's show has room to grow, but gives five female actors strong opportunities to shine.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Luminato production not the King Arthur you know by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Play with music springs from the imagination of Niall McNeil, an actor with Down syndrome.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

How Come From Away became a serious Tony Award contender by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Broadway pundits and insiders agree it's between Come From Away and Dear Evan Hansen for the Best Musical Tony June 11.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Stratford Festival's The School for Scandal is a complicated classic with a still-relevant message: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The lavish play connects the classic story from the 18th century to our contemporary era with a stinging commentary on the damaging effects of a culture of superficiality and fake news.

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