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In the first instance of Cirque du Soleil bringing a show out of retirement, the retooled Alegria: In a New Light comes to Toronto in September.
Those who prefer theatre that takes formal risks, comments on pressing societal concerns and pushes the art form in new directions will likely find it hard to invest much in ‘Art,’ write…
Wajdi Mouawad’s play, now at Stratford, goes deep into the Israel/Palestine conflict and offers a profound experience of feeling and thought, writes Karen Fricker.
The Shaw’s design, costume and makeup teams also deserve praise. And Kate Hennig has brought a welcome contemporary sensibility to the text, writes Karen Fricker.
Graham Isador returns to theatre festival with White Heat, about a journalist faced with alt-right hostility; Lauren Gillis brings Safe and Sorry, about pickup culture, writes Karen Fricker.
The lead actors in the Shaw Festival’s production of Victory share their admiration for a play that’s extreme but also ‘incredibly human and funny’.
It may take more time for Cara Gee and Eion Bailey to flesh out their performances to fill the stage, writes Karen Fricker.
The fast-paced version has pleasing performances even if the running time renders part of the climax improbable.
Songs are so good and Christine Dwyer so strong in the lead that it’s a bit hard to accept why she’s with her lout of a husband.
This season’s directors, Liza Balkan and Severn Thompson, tell Karen Fricker about the challenges of producing condensed Shakespeare in the great outdoors.
While the writing is overwrought by contemporary standards, the actors commit to the situation while director Peter Hinton-Davis infuses it with the politics of sex and gender circa 2019, wr…
Graham Linehan’s written some great one-liners and the cast are zinging them well. What has yet to come together is the production’s overall rhythm and tone, writes Karen Fricker.
Musical hitting Toronto next month was an inspiring, even life-altering gig for pop songwriter.
Fu-GEN Theatre Company’s wildly ambitious show Fearless lets drivers around Markham pick up actors and experience theatre in their own vehicles.
Canadian Opera Company also scores with Eugene Onegin, the big winner in the opera category, as awards honouring Toronto’s theatre community got handed out Tuesday.
Sean Dixon’s play about the ‘world’s first animal superstar’ revisits his life and death in St. Thomas, Ontario, writes Karen Fricker.
This song cycle gives us sheltering in a cave from a massive forest fire, who entertain themselves and us even as the threat of destruction grows closer, writes Karen Fricker.
The Lion King enthralls with its design, music and performance while Mormon delivers risqué material ‘with a heart,’ theatre experts tell Karen Fricker.
Busy Kate Hennig’s plays, with their contemporary language, make us see historical figures in a more sympathetic light. That’s just one thing she working on, however.
The marriage of the material realities of live theatrical staging and the formal conventions of screen media clash because audiences’ familiarity with the latter are likely to make them im…
It’s we who illuminate Burkett’s marionettes with flashlights. It’s we whom Burkett entrusts with handmade hand puppets. And it’s we who decide (or not) to buy into his interweaving …
Angela Murdoch and her company Lookup Theatre turned the true story of a battle between Toronto Orangemen and an American circus troupe into a circus-comedy hybrid playing Sterling Rd.
Jonathan Goad plays Henry VIII as rock star; Irene Poole’s Katherine of Aragon leavens the sexism in the play and Rod Beattie fully commits to the role of Wolsey, writes Karen Fricker.
Stratford Festival production lives up to festival’s standards of and high-level execution and lets Donna Feore do what she does best: large-scale production numbers with kinetically inven…
In Nigel Shawn Williams’ hands, racism and misogyny foreground the jealousy traditionally seen as the primary theme of Shakespeare’s Othello, writes Karen Fricker.
The poetry of a real-life man labouring in inhumane conditions is set to music in I swallowed a moon made of iron, at Berkeley Street Theatre.
Founded 18 years ago as festival of five short plays, the Paprika Festival has grown into an organization supporting young and emerging artists year-round, culminating this year in a weeklon…
Erin Shields’s play Beautiful Man is mostly made up of three women (Ashley Botting, Mayko Nguyen, Sofia Rodriguez) sitting on tall stools narrating their experience of watching that cop sh…
There is no mystery around the fact that Wyndham Brandon and Charles Granillo have strangled an Oxford classmate. The suspense is whether or not they’ll be found out.
Christine Brubaker has created an extraordinary esprit de corps amongst the 14-member cast and the nearly-all-female creative team.
Tragic love story between two men in early 20th-century rural Quebec, undermined by homophobia and social conservatism tied to the Catholic Church.