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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Situational Anarchy puts punk spin on coming-of-age tale: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This is a theatre show in the guise of a music gig.

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Come From Away wins Toronto Theatre Critics Awards by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Hit musical takes most prizes along with Shaw Festival's Master Harold . . . and the Boys.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Onegin hits musical highs but love stories feel off: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Actors do full justice to Veda Hille-Amiel Gladstone score but play ideas rather than creating relationships onstage.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

At Stratford, renegade women on the high seas and in ancient Greece by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Gender gets reconsidered in classic stories in a 2017 season with a focus on diversity: Wednesday Matinée.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Strangers, Babies proves to be a compelling puzzle: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Audience must piece together fragmented scenes to learn dark truth about a woman’s past.

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At the theatre with Johanna Schneller, the mother of The Boy in the Moon by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Her husband Ian Brown's memoir about their severely disabled son spawned a play, now onstage in Toronto.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

for colored girls gets people talking: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This is the most stripped-back production I’ve seen on a Soulpepper stage, but the result places full focus on the cast as they deliver Ntozake Shange’s words, writes Karen Fricker.

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A Canadian classical theatre star puts down roots in the County by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

A look at how Graham Abbey of Stratford and Groundling fame ended up with Festival Players of Prince Edward County.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Strictly Ballroom the Musical misses some steps: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Show has some delightful singing, dancing and acting but loses a lot of the magic of Baz Luhrmann's 1992 film.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Freud's Last Session could be darker, more vibrant: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Mark St. Germain play imagines meeting between C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud, only weeks before latter’s death.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Plenty to adore in HD version of Stratford’s Love's Labour’s Lost: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Production from 2015 season, onscreen at Cineplex theatres, for most part turns Shakespeare’s wordiness into a virtue.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Actor-turned-playwright Mark Crawford explores gender identity: Wednesday Matinée by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Mark Crawford's first play for young audiences grew out of observations of kids who "weren't locked into" the gender binary.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Thought-provoking 'Sound of the Beast' doesn’t follow its impulses: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

At times effective, disturbing, and enlightening, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard’s latest theatre piece is an evening of performance poems, raps and mini-lectures.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Prince Hamlet is a remixed, reinvigorated avant Bard for our times: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Why Not Theatre has scrambled and reimagined Hamlet and the result challenges the audience’s expectations and breathes fresh life into the characters.

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

The smart and entertaining ‘True Crime’ will keep you guessing: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Torquil Campbell’s “True Crime,” an intense and artful one-man show, is playing at Streetcar Crowsnest until April 15.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Little Pretty and the Exceptional shows unfulfilled promise: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

There are two competing threads in Anusree Roy's play, one a family comedy, one about mental illness.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Robert Lepage's show 887 is all about memory and legacy: Fricker by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Being open to feedback and change is part of the theatremaker's signature style.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Robert Lepage is finally directing at the Stratford Festival by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Celebrated Quebec auteur will stage Shakespeare’s Coriolanus in 2018.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Jack Charles’ personal tale speaks to Australia’s systemic wrongs: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Canadian Stage is presenting this well-travelled autobiographical show from Australia.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Complex Kiss falters at engaging audience: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Actors stage a play within this play by Guillermo Calderon, but it’s not clear when we should believe and disbelieve.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Stage show’s cop shop is tops, says officer by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Toronto police Inspector Chris Boddy — no theatre devotee — came away impressed by the realism of the harrowing play Butcher, now at the Panasonic.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Slip is something to keep savouring: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

A smart, complex psychological drama comes to the Tarragon Theatre.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Everything Is Great Again keeps it real and funny: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Second City show doesn't ignore post-Trump world but also provides welcome distraction from it.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Actors, audiences engage with nakedness in two Toronto productions by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Nudity is featured in both Mrs. Henderson Presents and Sheets, in which nakedness is meant to seem normal.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sean Dixon's 'The Orange Dot' makes simple premise remarkable: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The play takes a seemingly plain idea and both fulfils and defies expectations, leaving audience members with something to think about.

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Cinematic version of Stratford's Macbeth adds exciting perspectives: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

We get closer to Ian Lake's Macbeth, Krystin Pellerin's Lady Macbeth and other deeply felt acting on movie screen.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Blood Weddings still compelling second time around: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Strong overall acting, visionary direction and beautiful design combine in remount of 2015 co-production.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

How a 320-year-old play inspired a work about millennials: Wednesday Matinée by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Playwright Erin Shields goes beyond the surface in The Millennial Malcontent, based on The Provoked Wife.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Cirkopolis mingles past and present, drudgery and beauty: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Circus acts, enhanced by video projections, can be thrilling but cast sometimes seem emotionally disconnected.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

To she or not to she: Toronto stage productions reimagine Shakespeare by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Why Not Theatre has Prince Hamlet with woman in title role and Canadian Stage has woman playing King Lear.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Soulpepper's Of Human Bondage is an exceedingly well-staged bodice-ripper by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Vern Thiessen’s adaptation and Albert Schultz’s staging consistently forge a clear narrative path in this underappreciated coming-of-age classic.

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